Wednesday, 18 September 2013

To do........

How we work

After Jess's blog on behind the scenes i thought it might be nice to just share with you how we work on a daily basis.

I (Kayleigh) work full time 5-6 days a week so am normally the person making jewellery and answering orders ect. 
Jess (my sis) works 2-3 days packing orders and working on her collection A+E and sometimes helps answer customer emails and facebook messages.
We've also just had Martha who runs Martha and Hepsie join us a couple of days a week to help with running our online shops & the website (Folksy, Etsy ect).

So the whole point of this blog was just to let you know how we work day to day. 
Below is like the sort of plan we stick to.

  • 9:00 Post office drop off 
(We drop off all the packages we made the previous day and pick up tracking numbers for the day before)
  • 9:30 Get to work
After battling through traffic on the parkway i usually get to the workshop around 9:30,. Turn all the equipment on (computers & laser cutter) and most importantly make a large cup of tea.  
  • 9:45 Print all orders off & Answer any emails
We sell on loads of on-line platforms so it takes us a little while to go through and check for new orders and print them and address labels off.
  •  10:00 Start making orders.
If Jess is working i'll make, she packs if not i make and pack them all once i'm done. We try to get all orders done (or left to set overnight if they have resin on) for about 2pm 
  • 14:00 Work on new items
We try and spend our afternoons working on new items and have a weekly plan for new collections.
  • 18:00 Finish
We normally finish about 6pm, sometimes its later when i'm in the middle of something and don't really want to stop or if we're really busy like at Christmas we're normally done alot later, 3am before!

We make pretty much all our jewellery to order that's why we don't offer next day postage because we don't just pick and pack, we actually have to make it.

If your thinking about working for yourself this might be useful, We've found that when we've got a plan of action then its always alot easier to get stuff done. You can check off what's been done and have a look at what's left. 

Below is an example of a to do list we sometimes use when we've got alot going on.

We also have a monthly plan for new collection's and targets to try and hit like alot of other workplaces.

Hope this sort of helps people understand us a bit better and help anyone who's setting up a small handmade business.

x x x

Friday, 30 August 2013

Behind The Scenes!

Hello Everyone, Jess here! We have decided to give you an insight into our world, a behind the scene's pass into our Sheffield workshop. Show you what we get up to while we are working away, enjoy!

 That's right! All our products are handmade to order right here in our tiny workshop. This is the sign/giant necklace we have hanging in our window.
This is our workshop from the outside, (abit scruffy, we know) but we are just too busy designing and making jewellery to do anything with it just yet. When we get around to it, it will look fabulous, promise ;) Lets take a look inside....

 Okay so here we are, my desk. As you can see, neat and tidy, for a change ;). This is where i pack all the orders, design the A+E jewellery and spend a whole lotta time on pinterest looking at cakes (I'm a baker)

Just a few thing's i need to pack the orders with, stamps, organza bags and business and jewellery care cards (and sometimes sweets!) I have no idea why i have 'Jergens' ultra healing hand cream on my desk, but doesn't it make me look professional ;)

 At the moment, we are using flamingo paper to wrap our orders in, but its changes with seasons. We think its quite cute!

 Just some of the orders i have packed today (I should be packing more now but got carried away with the blog) Also notice its a Asda bag for life ;)

 Our vintage stereo! We listen too Radio 1 every single day (We are both slightly in love with Greg James)

 This is where the magic happens. Our laser cutting machine cuts the perspex in all the designs we could ever want, if only it was pink not brick red! :(
 The brains of the business, Kayleigh hard at work, sorting our new website out (and for some reason timing herself to see how fast she can do it, weirdo) This is her desk, she makes all the jewellery, sorts out all the costings, lists everything on the website, deals with customers and stockist, pretty much everything!

A selection of chains and jump rings for our jewellery..

So we are at the end of our behind the scenes journey, ill leave it by telling you all why we have this weird stripey vintage jumper in our workshop.
As with most business's, Christmas is the busiest time of the year for us, and at Christmas, we are normal working into the night, working till 3am some nights, in middle of the winter, making and packing orders for all our lovely customers. We have 1 heater for the shop, but without this jumper, we would of frozen to death, it's a life saver! and not to mention we look really good in it ;)


Thursday, 22 August 2013

Our Day at ASOS!

Hi! Last month i was sorting my emails and found a very interesting one from ASOS Marketplace!
We have an ASOS Marketplace boutique, so were invited ASOS's seller summer school. It was a really fun day where we had some talks on how to improve our boutique and ultimately make more sales.

Kayleigh (me)

We had to get the train pretty early from Sheffield to London (like 6:25am! yikes) but we kept our energy up by scoffing chocolate and sweets on the train.

When got to ASOS and got a cute goodie bag with note book & usb stock with a seller tips pdf on :)

We had talks on how to set up a business (which we did many a year ago) Then a presentation from a photographer on how to take better photos, something i definitely struggle with. We also had a little update from the guys and gals behind ASOS Marketplace on what they're upto and what new features are going to be added to the site, all very exciting.

A quick break for lunch, mini fish & chips, hamburgers & cake pops! 
Jess going in for a cake pop!
Mini Fish and Chips and burgers!

Then we a social media chat with Gem Fatale a blogger and social media whizz that works for company magazine.

Later we had a chat with House of Jam, they shared there story so we could learn from what they've done, kind of like a case study.

Finally the day ended with a panel where we got to ask some questions. 

Wow so what a day, very inspiring, very exciting and defiantly very useful. I'd recommend this to any sort of handmade & vintage fashion businesses out there, we had a really good day and learnt lots, super excited to put some new ideas into Sour Cherry

Our ASOS Marketplace Boutique- Sour Cherry

x x x

Sunday, 18 August 2013



So just wanted to do a quick post to say welcome to the Sour Cherry blog. 

Me (Kayleigh) and my sis, Jess, decided to start this blog to show all our fans a little about us, behind the website and social media. 
We'll be writing posts on Sour Cherry, fashion, beauty, basically

So welcome & check back soon for our 1st proper blog post about our day at ASOS!

x x x