We did it! I finally took the plunge and told you our big announcement via our 1st video ! And what a reaction it's had! Thank you so much again for all your support and wonderful feedback. This is a huge leap for B&T so it's great to have you all on board and as excited about it all as I am.
I realise that as this is still so new, and such a change to our small business, it would be a good idea to break down all the main points here as a kind of written Q&A session to help you digest the change.
So I'm going to start here, right at the beginning, and see if I can clear the path for everything new that's to come. So go and make yourself a brew, get comfy and read on!
Q. So, what is The Butterfly and Toadstool?
A. The Butterfly and Toadstool is what I named my small business when it first started back in 2012. I'm a designer who hand-makes a wide variety of products ranging from jewellery and accessories, to childrens clothing and home decor. Since the beginning I've always had big plans for The Butterfly and Toadstool (sometimes shortened to B&T) and have always worked towards making them a reality. You can read more about the beginning of my journey here.
Q. Why the split?
A. After going full time with my business last year, I managed to grow it, and the variety of products, faster than I had first thought. I realised that with the speed at which it was expanding, it was getting harder and harder to explain and showcase everything I had to offer to new and existing customers. So, I did a lot of brain storming and planning and decided that the best way to combat this was to organise the products together into manageable and complementing groups, and then separate them. That way, customers that are only interested in jewellery aren't interrupted with posts about childrens wear, and vice versa. And, it will make the searching time less for you guys when you're looking for a specific product.
Q. What is Toadstool Tots?
A. Toadstool Tots is the name I've given to this second branch of the business. As I design and make a lot of products especially for children, I felt it was only right to separate this part of my business and band all these products together in the one place. Making this split will now make it clearer to customers visiting my pages as to what we sell. When you come to The Butterfly and Toadstool you will now see all our jewellery and accessories while over at Toadstool Tots you'll find our kids wear and children's gift ideas. Also, I just really loved the name!!
Q. What does this mean for The Butterfly and Toadstool?
A. Do not panic! The Butterfly and Toadstool is still very much around and still in full swing. It just means that on social media and via our online Etsy shop, our products are grouped together and placed under these different shop names to make sure each one is more organised and has it's own voice. I am still The Butterfly and Toadstool, Toadstool Tots is just a way of keeping things tidy and together inside my crafty bubble!
Q. Is everything separating or can I keep up with things in the one place?
A. The full plan is to keep this blog and our website joint. Like I said previously, I am The Butterfly and Toadstool and I want everyone to still see that these two sides are joint. However, as we live in such a visual online world, it makes sense to have separate Instagram and Facebook pages so that the products blend better with each other rather than disjoint them. And the same goes for purchasing products, so we now have 2 Etsy shops - One for The Butterfly and Toadstool and one for Toadstool Tots.
Q. What will happen at events and markets?
A. I will still be taking part in events and markets and actually have a lot of great ones already booked for this year! The layout of these will not change. I will still be showcasing as The Butterfly and Toadstool and will bring with me a selection of all the products I have on offer, including our childrens items (unless restrictions via the event organisers are in place). Behind every item made here, whether it's jewellery or childrens clothing, is me. I design and hand-make everything and markets are a great way for me to showcase my entire range, so I will continue to do this.
Q. I have a question, but am I on the right page?
A. Whether it's a greetings card you're after or a woodland pendant, you can send me your questions and queries through any of our contact pages and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Like I said in the video, I'm behind every incoming email so don't worry about how you contact me! Even if you just want to ask about a product, there no commitment to buy, so don't be shy!
And finally . . .
Q. I've heard you can make custom orders, how do I go about ordering one?
A. Lots of our products can be customised to ensure you get that extra special or unique item. I will do my best to mark out products when listing them as to which ones can be personalised. But if there's something you have in mind that I've not mentioned then please just get in touch. I will always try to accommodate for custom orders, the only limitations I have are with equipment. I've been asked about custom gifts before that needed specialist equipment that I unfortunately don't have, but if I really can't help you with your idea, I'll let you know.
In the past I've made custom decorations for 2 weddings and a baby shower so no project is too big! If you've got an idea now then message me directly here to find out if I can help.
I hope that I've managed to answer most of the questions that you have had about both The Butterfly and Toadstool and Toadstool Tots. But if there's anything your're still unsure about then please don't hesitate to contact me and I'll get back to you as soon as I can! This is a big change and it will still take some time to be fully switched over so please bear with me as the transition occurs.
Thank you so much again for your time and for your support. I love having you join me on my many adventures!
The Butterfly and Toadstool