Posts Tagged ‘Baby Feed Wheels’

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

 

 

 

 

Buy British Day 2015

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Today, Saturday the 3rd of October is ‘Buy British Day’. The campaign started last year with the very first ‘Buy British Day’, and as last year you can follow the #buybritishday hashtag on social media to find out more about the campaign.

buy british day 2015

I’ve said it (many times!) before, and I’m sure I’ll be saying it again 🙂 Chiggs is very proud that Chiggs Wheels are all printed and handfinished in the UK. Our printers are a fabulous Lancashire based family business, and our envelopes, cello bags and even the sticky pads we use to hand-embellish our cards with are all made in Yorkshire.

So ‘Buy British’ today! The full range of Chiggs Wheels- Baby Feed Wheels, Baby Medicine Wheel and Get Well Wheels- are available from the shop on the Chiggs website, and our cards can also be bought from our stockists -have a browse on the stockist page to find a Wheel near you!

If you’re a retailer who would like to join the British revolution, Chiggs Wheels are all available to trade at wholesale prices, and we will be very happy to send you our trade price, terms and information by email if you fill in the trade enquiry form.

 

New baby congratulations cards

new baby essentials

Get Well Soon cards and medicine reminders

Get Well Soon cards and medicine reminders

Harrogate’s Little Star

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Last week I delivered a re-order of Baby Feed Wheels to one of our local stockists, Little Star Co, a beautiful baby shop on Westmoreland Street here in Harrogate.

Little Star Co, Harrogate

Little Star Co, Harrogate

If you’re in this area of North Yorkshire and looking for travel systems, accessories, clothing, gifts or feeding essentials I can thoroughly recommend a visit!

The shop is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am til 5pm, and by appointment on Sundays and Mondays. A member of the team is available to  fully demonstrate and explain the features of the prams on offer, and the aim of Little Star Co is to create a relaxing shopping experience, which I’m sure new parents-to-be will appreciate!

Little Star Co is also an award winner as Anna, the owner, picked up the gong for ‘Best New Retailer’ at the esteemed Nursery Industry Awards in October 2014. We are very lucky to have such a lovely, Independent shop in our town!

Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

We’ve woken to a winter wonderland here at Chiggs HQ. This is the view from my work station this morning- and the snow is still falling in Harrogate!

Harrogate snow

I must say, it’s times like this I’m very glad Chiggs is a home based business, and I don’t have a commute to tackle! This morning I’ve been keeping up to date with social media (no, not just faffing around on Facebook- this is serious stuff 🙂 ). If you would like to keep in touch with all things Chiggs, our Facebook page is Chiggs Wheels and I am on Twitter @ChiggsHQ

This afternoon I’ll be (hopefully!) walking into Harrogate to deliver Baby Feed Wheels to a lovely card and gift shop, Magpie Greetings on Beulah Street in the centre of town, who have been selling Chiggs Wheels since we first started- they were our very first stockist way back in January 2006!

Nursery Industry Awards

Friday, September 5th, 2014

If you are in the Nursery business (in any way, shape or form!), have you voted in the Nursery Industry Awards yet?

Nursery Industry is a monthly UK trade magazine containing  industry news, developments and new product information.

The magazine rums an annual awards event, and voting for NI 2014 closes on the 9th of September. We are delighted that Chiggs has been nominated under Best Feeding Brand, and we will be voting for our stockist Angel Wholesale as Best Wholesaler, and another stockist Pure Nappy Cakes (who make the most fabulous nappy cakes containing Baby Feed Wheels!) for Best Online Retailer

http://nurseryindustryawards.com/vote_2014.php

Happy 8th Birthday Chiggs!

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Happy Birthday Chiggs! Today is our 8th birthday – on the 15th December 2005 we took delivery of the first print run of Baby Feed Wheels, and www.chiggs.co.uk went live!

There have been changes, challenges and celebrations over the years, and I’d like to thank all the customers, retailers, friends and family who have supported us throughout our business journey- we’re looking forward the next 8 years (and more!).

Today I’m going with my co-workers (husband Andrew and daughter Holly 🙂 ) for a birthday celebration at the Christmas Market in Leeds!

From empty slots to pop-up shops

Friday, June 28th, 2013

No-one can miss the increasing number of empty, shuttered-up shops on our High Streets. Even here in Harrogate- a town previously renowned as being ‘recession proof’ we have the largest number of empty shops around town that I have seen since moving here 12 years ago, with both Independent and household name businesses closing.

Are people spending less on the High Street and more online?

Are business rents and rates too high for the smaller independent shops to afford?

Are parking costs putting people off, driving people to drive to out-of-town shopping malls where parking is free?

Here at Chiggs we practice what we preach, and really try to shop at our local independent retailers- buying meat from the butcher; fruit and veg from an excellent, knowledgeable greengrocers right in the centre of Harrogate; cards and presents from the gorgeous Magpie Greetings  (where Baby Feed Wheels and Get Well Wheels are also available!); and last December we held Holly’s birthday party at Pots 2 Go ceramic cafe in town (also a Chiggs stockist!)

Various initiatives have been started to try to help independent businesses. Mary Portas was appointed by the Government to lead a review into the future of Britain’s high streets (as mentioned previously on the Chiggs blog )- her recommendations generated many column inches in the newspapers- and the annual Independent Retailer Month will again be running throughout the month of July.

Pop-up shops have also started, well, popping up- taking over empty retail units on short term leases. While providing some rent for the landlord and filling an empty shop, albeit temporarily, pop up shops also give entrepreneurs an opportunity to try out their business model without  a huge outlay and tying themselves into the financial commitment of a long lease agreement.

Pop Up Britain (part of Start Up Britain) has recently opened a flagship pop-up shop on London’s famous King’s Road.  The outlet will offer short-term opportunities to start-ups and micro businesses from all over the country over a 12 month period. The fabulous news is that Chiggs stockist Hello Baby Gifts has been selected from over 800 applicants to have a shop, and will be taking their gorgeous baby gifts, hampers and nappy cakes (and of course Baby Feed Wheels!) to Kings’ Road in the first 2 weeks of August.