Fairysteps celebrates its 10 year anniversary...


Fairysteps turns 10 this month... 
I can hardly believe it! 10 years ago I decided to follow a dream that began at the tender age of 12. Ten years ago I decided to just 'do it' regardless of my lack of knowledge or skill. Just an over riding arrogance that 'Im sure I can if some else can'... Hah! Famous last statement if ever there was one! Ive made sooo many mistakes, and Ive worked so hard to clear this ten years, and I can honestly say, with my hand on my heart...

I would do it all again, every last wonderful, hellish moment that it entailed, just to be able to continue to feel the satisfaction that working with leather brings me. To be able to earn a proper living by indulging a passion is reward indeed...

And so Ive sifted through the picture files of the murky past to find some older makes that brought us to what makes Fairysteps what it is today! Some are rather fuzzy owing to a less than 1 megapixel poor camera which was all I could afford! 

  

  

 


These were really old! Handstitched!


I used to burn my brand name into the insole on each shoe! I called my shoes Moorsoles initially... it was a bit of an obvious name I suppose! Moor for Dartmoor and soles for shoes... O dear, at least things have improved!






Look! These turned tabs at the back arent even a matching length! I know they are inside the shoe, but there is no way I would put up with this now... these would be a bin job... 10 years has made me very fussy about standards!





I used to stitch little smiley teddy bears on all my childrens shoes and slippers... the girls had kissy lips on theirs...








A tiny flower crown model...


















   

 

My goodness... what a journey!

And what will the next decade bring I wonder?
I think probably a more steady approach to work, simply because I am 10 years older and wiser (ish) and because Ive found my leaf in the teacup of life. I feel confident in my abilities now, something which I didnt feel back in the early days! Having cleared 10 years in one trade, I can now say, its not a hobby, its my 'work' and Im glad for that, it makes it grown up and real. 
Because contrary to however I may appear... Im not very grown up... I like playing... and daydreaming (while Im pretending to be awake) Im not even sure I ever will be grown up. In fact, between me and you, I do wonder if the whole grown up thing was just made up by someone who felt that maybe they were 'the grown up'... who knows.

I go forward with a band of loyal, special, unique and highly respected people, in front, behind and alongside of me... my customers. And no amount of thanks would do justice to how grateful I am for that support, because without you all, there would be no 10th anniversary...

I raise my cup of tea to you all x

Ren x


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