Sunday, 22 February 2015

Fox Terrier Fun Walk, April 2015

Fancy joining us on our next Fox Terrier Fun Walk?

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Brighton Etsy Team Bloghop

I was recently nominated by Kate of Oh Someday Jewellery for our newly started Brighton Etsy Team Blog Hop. You can read Kate's post here. All participants are answering the same questions and the aim is to discover more about our favourite shops and sellers and allow our blog readers to find out more about us.
Me and Noodles by Andy Rouse

My name is Jackie and along with my trusty sidekick, Noodles the Welsh Terrier, I run Forever Foxed. We make terrier-inspired cards and gifts.

What inspired you to start your business or Etsy shop?
Watson and Jackson, our first rescue Wire Fox Terriers, were the inspiration behind Forever Foxed. They were a joy to draw and my first greeting card collection centred around them.
Jackson by Paul Mendlesohn

For a while, Jackson had his own blog and lots of terrier pals around the world, many of whom were my original customers.

Later, I began to sketch other dogs we met on our travels and our range grew to include most terrier breeds. I discovered Etsy by accident, back in 2008 when I was looking for a handmade business card holder. It seemed the logical place to open a shop and reach customers worldwide.

We're looking at goals in the Brighton Etsy team this month, can you share one of your goals for your shop for the next six months?

I would like to increase my product range and strengthen my web presence. I currently use all the regular social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram etc, but would like to use them more effectively for marketing.
Dog Art Print - Terrier Print - Pet Lover Gift - Illustration - Beard - Free UK Delivery
I Like Dogs with Beards by Forever Foxed
I recently revived this blog and aim to turn it into a hub of news, information and photographs about my favourite terrier breeds. With a little bit of promotion for Forever Foxed too, of course.

What are you working on at the moment?
I'm currently designing a new range of terrier prints and more screenprinted notebooks. I really enjoy hand printing and getting messy with ink.

If you could give other sellers or someone looking to start their own design/craft business one  piece of advice, what would you say?
Make good use of all the free social media tools to promote your work and don't underestimate how long it takes to build a successful business. Join a community of other designers (such as the Brighton Etsy Team) and don't be afraid of asking for help. But most importantly, follow your dream.

I'd like to nominate Katrine Boyten, Knitwit Designs and Anna Liversidge for this challenge.
The Etsy Brighton Team blogroll is here, happy reading :)

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Monday, 16 February 2015

Finn the Welsh Terrier saves the Lund family from a house fire

Watch this video about Finn the Welsh Terrier, who alerted his family about a fire in their property.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Airedale photo wins prize in Kennel Club Photography competition

Photograph by Abbie Lee/The Kennel Club

This lovely photo won Abbie Lee 1st prize in the 18-and-under category of the Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year 2014. See all the other category winners here.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Stanley the Singing Airedale Talks on the Phone

Listen to Stanley the Airedale, talking to his owner.