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Buy British Day – Discount on www.chiggs.co.uk to celebrate!

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Saturday, the 1st of October 2016, has been designated as ‘Buy British Day’.
The hashtag #BuyBritishDay will be used to promote products Made in the UK, and lots of British-made brands will be supporting the occasion and offering special discounts.

New baby congratulations cards

 

As you know, Chiggs Wheels are very proudly printed and hand finished in the UK, so to celebrate Buy British Day we will be offering a 10% discount on purchases made on the Chiggs online shop. There is, of course, a magic word… and the word is “Harrogate”. Just pop it in the ‘promotional code’ box at the checkout page, and 10% will magically disappear from the cost of your order 🙂

Medicine timers

Harrogate Home and Gift (Buyers’ Festival) is open for business!

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Today is the first day of the Harrogate Home and Gift trade fair, which runs until Wednesday the 20th of July.

The trade fair has been given a new name, and is now the Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival, possibly with a nod to the fun atmosphere Harrogate provides, which helps it stand out from other trade events and makes it so popular with both exhibitors and visitors!

Yes, there is plenty of Yorkshire Tea drunk, but the Pimms bar is also incredibly popular 🙂 . There are four product trails to follow around the trade fair, the Eco Trail, Best of British Trail, New Product Trail and Christmas Trail.

We’re not exhibiting at the Buyers’ festival, an exhibitors stand is a little out of our price range (as they say in Yorkshire “‘Ow Much?!”), and if you can’t make the trade fair either but would like to discover some fabulous British made greeting cards and gifts for yourself, have a look at the trade and wholesale page on the Chiggs website, and get in touch with us!

Chiggs trade fair

The Great Northern Retail Forum takes place over three days of the fair (Sunday to Tuesday) with a line-up of retail experts and speakers offering various talks in The Forum next to Hall D.

Home and Gift Buyers Festival 2016 Opening Times:-

Sunday 17th July 9am – 6pm

Monday 18th July 9am- 6pm

Tuesday 19th July 9am- 6pm

Wednesday 20th July 9am- 4pm

Made by Chiggs

Monday, March 14th, 2016

This is the first of a (probably somewhat infrequent) series;- “Chiggs Makes!”

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m very proud of my card ‘makes’ , but after 10 years it’s safe to say I’ve got them down pat. This is something a bit different to the usual Baby Feed Wheels, Baby Medicine Wheels and Get Well Wheels!

My husband is a big tea drinker (i.e. he drinks a lot of tea, not that he’s big… he’s around 5 ft 10 allowing for shrinkage).  He’s also very fussy about his tea, which is why I refuse to make it for him… many years ago when we first met he made the mistake of saying I made the worst cup of tea he had ever tasted. Big mistake. Huge! He’s had to make is own for the last 19 years.

Each cup of tea has to be made in his little tea pot and left to brew. I have noticed recently that he’s been using a tea towel to put on the tea pot to keep it warm while it mashes, so as the loving wife that I am I have been looking around for a little tea cosy to fit over his little tea-pot-for-one. Not easy to find! In fact, I found it impossible, so I decided to have a crack at making one myself, and I was very pleased with how it turned out. Which is why I’m boasting blogging about it here.

Choice of fabric was easy: it had to be tiger print. I like to buy (or make) tiger things for my husband, because my favourite football team are nicknamed The Tigers. He doesn’t support this football team, he supports a completely different and far inferior football team, but I don’t let this stop me in my quest to tigerify his little life.

Tiger Tea Cosy

 

I was without a pattern, and quite honestly winging it, so cut 2 pieces in an elongated oval shape, and sandwiched a semi circular piece of wadding in between each pair. The fold then became the bottom of each semi circular half, I pinned together both pieces and sewed the whole lot, i.e. both ‘wadding sandwiches’ (not actually a technical sewing term!) around the curved edge.

Sewn around the wadding sandwich

Turned right side out so the stitching was on the inside, and voila! A Tiger Tea Cosy.

One-pot tea cosy

Happy New Year… here’s to a joyful 2016!

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Happy New Year to you all!

There was a celebration in December as the 15th was the 10th Birthday for Chiggs, marking the day 10 years ago that I took delivery of the very first print run of Baby Feed Wheels. I can scarcely believe I have been running my business for 10 years, and I’m very much looking forward to the next 10!

Rewind to 10 years ago this January, and I was approaching local shops to see if they wanted to sell the Baby Feed Wheels. I had a great reaction to the cards, and was also offered some very useful advice… of course, I was completely new to business, so any help was very very welcome! On the advice of a local card shop I put the cards in cellophane wrappers… I’d been so involved with the design of the Wheels, it was something I hadn’t thought of!

The very first shop I approached was Magpie Greetings, which at the time was based in the Westminster Arcade in Harrogate. They bought a stock of Baby Feed Wheels to sell in their shop, and I’m delighted to say that 10 years down the line, many re-orders (and a premises move to Beulah Street) Magpie are still selling Chiggs Wheels! They now also sell the Get Well Wheels in their ‘get well soon’ card section.

Here is a #ThrowbackThursday photo of me and Chiglet at our exhibition stand at the Harrogate Card and Wrap Trade Fair, taken in January 2009. I must point out that my little helper is now 13 and as tall as me!

#ThrowbackThursday

#ThrowbackThursday

 

 

 

 

#SBS winners event

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

On Friday January the 30th I went to Birmingham to attend the Small Business Sunday winners event. I’ve mentioned #SBS before, back in November 2010 when Chiggs had the great honour to be chosen for a retweet on Twitter by entrepeneur and former dragon, Theo Paphitis. Chiggs SBS badge

Small Business Sunday continues, and has grown and grown since Chiggs was a winner- now businesses can tweet their details to Theo every Sunday Evening between  5 – 7.30pm,  and he retwees his favourite 6 companies on Monday evening at 8pm. As you can imagine, there are a lot of winners now, enough for an entire networking event to be organised! There have been 2 previous events, but I was unable to attend them due to childcare issues so I was really thrilled to be able to make this one!

Small Business Sunday sbs event photo

 

What an inspiring day it was! Theo gave a talk in the morning and there was a question and answer session in the afternoon.

SBS event Q and A _H1R9255

I was able to finally pick up my winners certificate- the only disappointment of the day was that the queue to have a photo taken with your certificate and with Theo himself was so long that I ran out of time before I had to head back up to North Yorkshire to take over childcare duties from my husband before he headed off to work a night shift- once again the perils of running a business around a family!! Ah, well, never mind- this photo shows the closest I was able to get to Mr Paphitis….

Theo

New parents will be ‘appier with a Baby Feed Wheel

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Baby Feed WheelsThe Android and iPhone markets are awash with parenting apps to help new mums and dads track their baby’s feed times. The proliferation of these parenting applications leaves little doubt about the need for a feeding reminder in the homes of new babies, and the reassurance for parents of knowing the last time their little one had a feed.
The electronic world has recently discovered what we at Chiggs have known since 2005; that monitoring baby’s feed times helps to ease the stress of a new baby, be it the life changing experience of a firstborn, or the juggling of an existing family around the 24hr demands of a new addition.
As every parent knows, a baby’s feeds occur around the clock so having an accurate reminder of the previous feed helps parents decide whether another feed is due – especially when their new son or daughter is crying in the middle of the night.

So why, in this age of using the mobile phone for everything from barcode reader to video recorder, is the battery-free Baby Feed Wheel a better option?

Send it with love.  Baby Feed Wheel reverse

A Baby Feed Wheel can be given as a gift for new parents and can also be posted as a new baby card complete with a greeting on the reverse – it’s much more pleasant to give and receive! Each Baby Feed Wheel is supplied with an envelope, is printed with “to…” and “from…” on the reverse, and can be posted for just the cost of a normal stamp- ‘large letter’ stamp is not required!

Colour co-ordinated

With a choice of traditional colours, friends and family can give a blue, pink or lemon present to celebrate the new arrival.

Visibly betterBFW on mantelpiece

Smartphones tell the time, but in their homes people glance at the clock on the mantelpiece –which is the perfect place to put a Baby Feed Wheel!

How clean is your phone?

Mobile phones are handled in-between attending to babies needs, but a Baby Feed Wheel will only be used at the  time of baby’s feed – keep those nasty handset germs away from the little one.

…shower timeBaby Shower Wheel
It’s the perfect gift for a baby shower, and the lemon Wheel is ideal before the “reveal”.

 

All power to the Baby Feed Wheel!
(Oh, and it never needs recharging!)

Small Business Saturday

Friday, December 5th, 2014

You may have heard that tomorrow is the second annual Small Business Saturday. “And what may that be, exactly?” I hear you ask. Well, taken from the website www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com :-

“Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-political, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.”

Baby Feed Wheels

The ‘non political’ aspect hasn’t prevented the politicians getting involved, as indeed they should for a campaign of this sort that will hopefully be beneficial to local economies. There is even a Christmas Market with little wooden huts and stalls manned by small businesses outside Downing Street in London!

In a statement, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said “Last year, Small Business Saturday generated around £468 million. Together, we can top that. There are special events taking place all over the country – backed by cross party support and organisations like the Federation of Small Businesses, Young Enterprise, The Prince’s Trust and others.

So, good luck to all of the UK businesses throwing open their doors on Small Business Saturday and every success for the future.

On Saturday 6 December when you are shopping for Christmas or something you need – choose small, choose local.”

Baby Medicine Wheel

As I have mentioned before, here at Chiggs we are passionate about supporting small businesses,  (well, we are a small business!) and shopping local. So, we urge you this Saturday to buy a Baby Feed Wheel, a Baby Medicine Wheel or a Get Well Wheel: if not directly from Chiggs, then from one of our wonderful, supportive stockists– we have small businesses all over the UK and online who sell Chiggs Wheels!

Small Business Saturday-Get Well Soon cards made in the UK

Hollywood comes to Harrogate

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

The beautiful Montpellier Quarter of Harrogate has seen some changes over the last couple of days, as a film crew has rolled into town!

The cobbled, picturesque district has been transformed into a part of Switzerland for a new film being shot in Harrogate.

The first clue was a sign saying “Montpellier Street is currently being dressed in preparation for a new film The Hunter’s Prayer, some shop names have been changed for this reason.”

When I went to have a look this morning, the weather was shocking which may explain why no filming was taking place! I walked from the centre of town towards the Crown Hotel, and down Montpellier Street itself towards The Stray. There are no signs of film crews and all their paraphernalia if approaching from that direction, so I really felt as though I was walking down a lovely cobbled Swiss street!

I love how the Slug and Lettuce pub is exhibiting a split personality, Slug on one side, rotisserie on the other!

Once through the Street, though, the full extent of the operation becomes apparent. There are lorries upon lorries upon marquees upon caravans! It really makes you realise how much work and how many people it takes to produce a film.

Here at Chiggs we can’t wait for the film to be released, so we can see our little piece of Switzerland-in-Harrogate in all its glory!

Tour de Bunting knitting update

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

I thought I’d blog an update on our efforts at knitting little jerseys for the Tour de France bunting.

Chiglet and I have completed 3 little yellow jerseys, and well before deadline (at least a day or two!) we took them to one of the drop off points, a shop on Cold Bath Road in Harrogate called Baa Ram Ewe which specialises in, as you can guess, the art of knitting!

The chap in there is absolutely lovely, he gave us some great advice when we originally went in to pick up our pattern and some yellow wool. This time he was very kind about our efforts, and gave us more good advice about ironing our finished jumpers (ie don’t! Just give them a little steam! I had pressed them to within an inch of their lives, which is not the right thing to do!).

He also suggested that although Harrogate Council are no longer collecting bunting, that should not stop us keeping on knitting, and that we should make more little knitted jumpers to make some bunting to adorn Chiggs HQ. What a great idea!

Harrogate County Council originally hoped that keen knitters would knock up 3,000 yellow, white, green and white-with-red-dots jerseys, hoping also that wasn’t too optimistic. And how many jerseys have been knitted? Over 23,000!!! As you can imagine, that is going to take quite some stringing!

Earlier this year we went for a family walk up to RHS Harlow Carr, and passed by the Council nursery at the top of Harlow Hill. We were rather surprised to see a couple of lines of the jerseys hanging out- we thought they must be the experimental bunting to see how the knitting copes with the Yorkshire rain!

In the next week or so the  lines of bunting should be appearing above the streets of Harrogate- and yes, we are going to see if we can spot our jerseys but with over 23,000 we may be there a while 🙂

the Tour de Bunting for Le Tour de France!

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

I’ve mentioned before that Chiggs is very lucky to be based in the beautiful North Yorkshire town of Harrogate, and this year we have some added excitement as the  Tour de France cycle race is coming to the Harrogate district.

Yes, I know it sounds a bit bizarre that an iconic French cycle race will be whizzing around the Yorkshire dales, but while the Tour de France bicycle race is primarily held in France, it also occasionally makes passes through nearby countries- and this year it will be coming to Yorkshire!

Harrogate is hosting the final stage of the first day of the “Grand Départ” on the 5th of July, and the race passes through the district again on the 6th of July. In what can only be described as a truly British idea to celebrate the cycling extravaganza, Harrogate Borough Council have launched “Le Tour de Bunting “.

They have appealed to local groups, organisations and individuals to knit little woollen jerseys to represent the colour and shape of the riders’ shirts. These will be made into bunting, and used to decorate the district in the build-up to and after the event. It’s an ambitious project; the aim is to produce over 3000 knitted jerseys!

Here at Chiggs we love projects like this, so I have dusted off my knitting needles, and I’m teaching Chiglet the basics. The colours of the shirts are bright yellow, bright green, white and polka dot (white with red dots)

Le Tour de BuntingWe have chosen to knit an iconic ‘yellow jersey’, (I’m purling and Chiglet is doing the knit rows), and I have to say it’s going surprisingly well!  We have completed one little woolly jersey, and are well on the way to finishing our second. I’ll be the first to admit, it’s not perfect- we have an odd ridge on the back of our finished jersey (I think I knitted when I should have purled!) but I’m sure when the finished knitted bunting is in place and fluttering in the balmy North Yorkshire breeze above the streets of Harrogate no-one will notice!

We can’t wait for the event now, it will be lovely to look at the finished ‘Tour de Bunting’ and to think “we helped make that”