Within weeks of the website going live, I received my first overseas order. A gift wrapped Clootie to be sent to Les Adjots, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south western France.
This was the test to see if my packaging was robust enough. The dumpling was wrapped in a cloot with a message from the dog to say ‘Happy Birthday Uncle Bobert, luv Hamish’ and sent on it’s way. I tracked the package thought it’s entire journey. Chuffed when an email arrived yesterday to say the dumpling had arrived in good time had gone down a treat. As you can see, the dumpling arrived in perfect condition.
I received an enquiry from the Prestwick St Nicholas Ladies Golf Club asking if I could make mini Clootie Dumplings to sit as favours on the table of the Ladies Past Captains Day Lunch on 30 August. Formed in 1893 it is one of the oldest ladies’ clubs in the country and was instrumental in forming the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association in 1904. I was delighted to be part of this special day. Here they are ready to tee off!
How much cloth for the Clootie Dumplings, what sizes, how many to cut, how much from one length of material and can I cut in a straight line? How much ribbon and in what lengths? String, gift tags, address labels, rubber stamps to procure and thankyou cards ordered. How many boxes, what size and what type of packing material to use? Postage rates, Royal Mail or courier? How do I set up an online account for the courier, book uplift times and track parcels? All this and of course, I made last minute changes to the website!
All is now calm, the perfect time to announce that the online shop is officially open.
I am delighted to announce that Granny Beaton's online shop will open on Monday 19 August! Until then, you can visit my stall at Partick Farmers' Market in Mansfield Park, Partick, Glasgow, G11 5QP on Saturday 20 July, 10.00am to 2.00pm. Have a great summer!
I first set up my stall, 10 years ago at Milngavie Farmers’ Market. Since then, I have traded at many markets in Glasgow, met lots of great customers and enjoyed all Scotland’s weather has to offer. Now it is time for a new adventure, a website!
I will continue to sell from my stall, but now I can also sell from the comfort of my own home. This is a whole new experience for me and lots to still to learn. Have a look at the website, you will find all you ever needed to know about Clootie Dumpling and more.
Within a few minutes and couple of clicks, you can send the unique gift of a delicious Clootie Dumpling to friends and family, it’s so easy!
The website is not just about my story and selling Clootie Dumpling, it’s more than that. Take a look at the Clootie and You page for current customer stories, I would be delighted if you added to these. I have been given a couple of recipes too, and plan to share these in a future blog post. Sign up to our newsletter for updates and special offers. Follow us on social media and help spread the Clootie Dumpling love!