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Hello all! Christmas is fast approaching, so I thought I’d write a quick blog post to say thank you to everyone for all your support this year.
Fred & Olive launched in March this year after lots of thought and planning. Read more about why I started this little business here: THE HISTORY BEHIND FRED & OLIVE.
I can quite happily say running F&O has most definitely exceeded my expectations. I wanted (or needed) an creative outlet to keep me sane, but I didn’t realise quite how much joy it would bring me!
Running a business is hard work. It takes time, determination and lots of patience. It’s not always easy and sometimes it can be darn right stressful! But overall it’s such a joy. I do a little happy dance every time an order comes in, and I can’t being to tell you how happy it makes me to get lovely feedback from customers and see all your gorgeous little people in something that I’ve made.
I’ve got lots of plans for 2017 – brand reps, brand enthusiasts, new products and yes…. I might finally get round to uploading the new fabrics that I was supposed to launch back in July!! I’m looking forward to a nice Christmas break where I’ll hopefully have time to sit down and make some proper plans for this little business.
Another key reason for starting Fred & Olive was to help promote awareness and raise funds for the Williams Syndrome Foundation. My beautiful daughter Olivia was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome at the beginning of 2016 (read more about Olivia and WS here). It’s something I bang on about quite a lot, and I’m going to carry on banging on about it, because the more people that know about Williams Syndrome, the better it will be for those affected by it.
Olivia is such a little ray of sunshine and I’m so lucky to be her mother. Everything I do is for her and the benefit of our little family. I would love for Fred & Olive to grow into a business that she can one day take over and manage herself. It’s hard to know what the future will look like for her (or anyone, robots will be taking over most jobs soon, so we need to start planning for that now!), but if I can build a successful business that she can one day run, that would just be amazing. Although who knows, she might be rubbish at sewing. Her recent craft efforts (hand made Christmas cards) did not go well. Oh man.. imagine if she hates crafts!!!! Aaarggghh!
Anyway, I could babble on for ages. I just want to say once again THANK YOU for all your support, well wishes and business this year. I couldn’t do it without you all.
I hope you all have an absolutely amazing Christmas and a splendid New Years. Drink, eat and be merry, merry, merry. Remember calories don’t count in the festive season!
Much love and many more thanks,
Victoria (and her ever supportive and amazing husband Tom and the gorgeous Olivia)