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So what's REALLY the the main attraction in Uppermill?

Posted by Helen Grochowina on

So what's REALLY the the main attraction in Uppermill?
Olganna is stocked in this charming Uppermill gift shop. Find out more about Authentic and why it's a well worth a visit. 

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Getting My S**t Together

Posted by Helen Grochowina on

Getting My S**t Together

I've only gone and sorted a brand ID out after 4 years in the biz. I've got a colour pallette, some fonts and some creativity back. I can't tell you how pleased I am to finally get this stuff sorted. And wonder - what's held me back?  Who cares?? I'm not thinking about that now, I'm thinking about forward. And it's all systems go!  I've been listening / reading / learning from all the super top handmade / marketing / social networking people I can find on the internet and feel inspired / happy / positive.  So move over black...

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What's always in the same place but gets you everytime??

Posted by Helen Grochowina on

What's always in the same place but gets you everytime??

Christmas that's what. I honestly thought this year I'm ready, so organised that I won't be caught out. I have lots of pressie's, lots of fabric in and stock made up. Craft fairs booked. But no, every day seems to be a mad panic. Oh well, I'll get through it. This website is not working it's way into the fabulous online experience I have in my head so I've linked everything to Etsy, so at least the 100's of business cards I'm giving away with www.olganna.com are not wasted. Anyway here are all my dates for craft fairs for the...

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The Day Job.

Posted by Helen Grochowina on

The Day Job.

Here is the 1st stab at my new cotton top. It's rough and no where near ready but pleased as punch since I haven't made a pattern or sewn a garment for about 15 years!

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Ran out of steam!!

Posted by Helen Grochowina on

Ran out of steam!!

Well by day 4 of #Marchmeetthemaker I had failed. Oh dear. I did complete the challenge though and posted something for all 31 days in the month of March, however not actually on the correct day. Actually not even in the correct month but read on and see the whole story of my biz so far unravel....   *Picture credit to www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk - Sourced from Google Images.  

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