Hello lovely friends and customers.
From midnight 31st July 2020, I will be closing Girl and Bird - for good.
(Scroll to the bottom for the ish explaination)
That sounds so final, doesn't it?! And I suppose it is. I make this announcement with a mixture of emotions - excitement, trepidation and a small amount of sadness. It's the end of an era!
In September 2020, I will be starting my PGCE in Design and Technology, to train to be a secondary teacher. I'm so excited about this new direction, and can't wait to get started! However, this inevitably means that I am going to stop running my business. Design is such an inspiration to me, and such a life changer. I can't wait to help inspire the next generation of creatives.
You may remember that back in February this year, I made a similar announcement, with the view to open for limited orders at certain times of the year. Well, a little something called Covid meant that all of my plans were thrown into disarray, and I ended up having to reopen my shop in order to make sure I had some income. Whilst this was the complete opposite of what I'd planned, I have actually really enjoyed opening again over the last four months (for the most part - I can't wait to stop having to turn my living room into a studio and then back again every day!!). I've even launched a few new products during this time.
I want to say a HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you to everyone who has ever followed, commented, visited me at markets, sent messages of support, and BOUGHT items from me with your hard earned money. I still can't quite believe that, over the last 6 years, Girl and Bird has grown from an idea and an E&W pursuit (evenings and weekends!) to my full time job. It's mad. It's mad that I've only had a handful of days over the last four years when I haven't made a sale. I am hugely grateful for that. And proud of myself.
I may expand on this more at some point but for now, a quick explanation of
I don't want to be misleading and say I will never sell again. I may, at some point in the future, come back to Girl and Bird. Who knows! I plan to keep my domain name, and I will probably continue to post, albeit sporadically, on social media.
I also have quite a lot of stock, samples and oddments that I am currently keeping in storage. At some point, I will be putting a sample sale online to move this stock on. I don't have the headspace to do it now, and I have a feeling the PGCE year is going to take up all of my energy but make sure you're signed up to my newsletter below to be updated about this.