Fox On The Hill Crafts was set up in the summer of 2016 by my partner Kate. She ran the business in her spare time and on her own. I occasionally supported behind the scenes.
Kate took such pride in her work and moving the business forward. Initially there was a bit of anything and everything. Sporting prints, signs and plaques, handmade folding book art and Christmas decorations to name but a few. Fox became popular with its personalised sporting prints and this has become a main stay.
Kate sadly passed away in August 2017 (see 'Kate's Story' here). I decided to continue the business in her honour and memory.
One of the first changes is to phase out any non-print related products. The business will concentrate solely on the typography prints. It will be hard to depart with the signs, plaques and other items Kate was so fond of but I think it will prove to be the right decision in the long term. There is still a small selection left to purchase at clearance prices here.
I did contemplate changing the name to 'Fox On The Hill Prints'. However, the name is synonymous with Kate and was her choice so it would not be right to change. Even though designing on a computer is a 'craft' of sorts it is probably not what you would normally associate as 'crafts' where things like glue, scissors and sticky tape may spring to mind.
One thing that I realised very quickly is the power of people helping and supporting me. Running a business single handed can work in terms of creating products etc. but to be able to spread the word and continue the business I need people to help with this.
The Facebook page has over 4,000 followers and I am hugely grateful to every one of them. They share the products, they tell their friends and family and also make purchases.
And of course, my two families and a host of friends who support, help and motivate me. Without a lot of people playing their part, this would be a lot more difficult.
The lookout for any deliveries. Mainly because he thinks it is his birthday when bubble wrap arrives and gets his bouncing boots ready. Strangely he gets on with the couriers!
He keeps me on my toes by making sure while I am designing I don't make any mistakes with the orders! He can be a hard taskmaster at times but he is a vital cog.
He keeps morale up and entertains us with his singing and dulcet tones, as he calls them. Or rather bash the keys until noises come out as we call them!