A Quick Update – all a bit dull, really… I wouldn’t bother reading if I were you…

Time for an update. Doesn’t time fly when you’re chained to a sewing machine…
I have a final post of reflections on this past year simmering in the cauldron of my mind, but for now I’m taking the advise of a few friends and just getting something short up. Oooerr.

The trend is up. A pretty major slump around easter time, but on the whole I’m feeling a lot better.

Nests are shipping at a fair old rate of knots although there are still some folk who have been waiting a long time. Realistically, I reckon it’s going to be August before things are completely back on an even keel.

TGO Challenge orders have been busy again this year, and I’ve made some folk very happy, which makes me very happy. By the way – I’m applying next year.

Thanks to an exceptionally remarkable customer I’m now importing my fabric in bulk which means that I have enough fabric in stock to fulfill 6 months worth of orders which is a huge weight off my mind.

I’m starting to outsource a few simpler bits and pieces – groundsheets and the like – with the intention of offering them ‘Buy it Now’ through the site from stock. That will hopefully start in July.

The veg patch is coming together slowly and all the wee birdies are going cheep.

Finally, I want to stress once more that it is just me making these nests and they take a long time. I realise most folk probably know this already, but because this kind of business is pretty much unique these days in a world of Click and Buy merchandise, I think it’s sometimes easy for folk to lose sight of what it really means to make things from scratch, on your own, to order. I don’t import these things and just forward them on.
If I take a couple of days off, production stops. If I’m ill for a couple of days, production stops. The factory closes.

I need to have a brief rant…

I’ve had a couple of fairly pissy emails recently, using terms like “if you have no intention…” and “beyond a joke…”
I can’t deal with it. Simple as that. I am doing my best. I worked a 100 hour week in the run up to the TGOc to avoid letting folk down. I haven’t had anything resembling a break for two years (excluding time off with ill health)

And what do you think it will achieve? Will it make a few more days in the week magically appear?
All that will happen is that you’ll get a refund and no nest, or I’ll feel intimidated and push someone back who’s been waiting patiently. Neither of which are particularly positive outcomes.

So if you feel you can’t wait any longer, for whatever reason, then just send a polite email and ask for your money back. There really is no need to be unpleasant. Unless being unpleasant makes you feel better of course, in which case you can go stick your head in a pig, I’d rather not make you an OookNest.

Right, back to work. Thank you for reading. Thank you to all the fantastic customers – you make up the overwhelming majority and at the risk of getting all group huggy, your patience this past 12 months is what’s ensured that OookNests will continue to be available. Without it, I would have probably packed it all in.

The weather’s looking good so enjoy the weekend if you can. I’ve got a rotten cold. Pah.
Have a cat in a bag…

14 thoughts on “A Quick Update – all a bit dull, really… I wouldn’t bother reading if I were you…

  1. Hi Sean. nice to hear from you!
    Keep up the good work and try to forget the grumpy emails – after all, it’s not a good medium for a conversation and most people are quite different once you meet them in person.
    Best greetings from Italy and I hope you soon recover from the cold to enjoy some spring weather, too!

  2. Hehe the new Oookcat-trap working purrfectly I see :) great news re fabric supplies and even better that you are feeling more positive! Was thinking of applying for TGO next year too so might see you there if I get around to it and get lucky in the draw :)

    • Sigh… I’m not stoopid, Dave. Which is why I’m growing coconuts instead :-)

  3. I can not fault the morkmanship and quality of the goods you have made for me. Yes the waiting time is frustrating but worth it. So I have placed another order..

  4. Hang in there Sean, pay no heed to idiots who cannot comprehend that you are a one man show/cottage industry not some fancy chain of shops. Glad to see you are on the up.

  5. Hi Sean,
    Thanks a lot again for the temporary solution!
    We used the 2Oookstar Trailstar nest full mesh in Snowdonia.
    It works great with the Trailstar. It takes about 2 – 3 minutes to setup the Trailstar with innertent. We look forward to get our own inner tent. But you know there’s no hurry.
    I hope we can use it in Norway in September. But you said that will be no problem ;)

  6. Hi Sean,

    I am one of the folks who have been waiting for their nest for more than 6 months by now. Since waiting is a lot more bearable if you provide some information I appreciate your above statement. I think this blog is a good opportunity to increase good will and understanding with your customers without replying to every e-mail.

    Kind regards from Berlin


  7. Keep up the good work, mate.
    The world is full of selfish, stupid people who choose not to understand other people’s point-of-view – don’t let them stop you from carrying on being creative and living your dream. I wish you all the best and one of the days, I will place an order ;-)
    Now, where did I put that recipe for pineapple-upsidedown-cake…

  8. Well done Sean and keep it up. Things will get there. Folks are missing you make custom stuff. That takes time. Email inbound on an order BTW.

  9. Hi Sean, pleased you’ve updated us with news, good news about bulk supplies you need that to take that particular worry away.
    When about to dispatch please send email so I can build anticipation :-) ))
    All the best, ignore the rude after all you don’t have to live with them….


  10. You need a /huggle

    PS if you ever make it to Sydney, Australia, we’d be happy to have you stay and show you around. Perfect stranger and all
    Stray puppies needing a good feed and some pats are welcome too

    Cheers and chin up hun

  11. I must say your inner tent works perfectly with my Trailstar.
    I’m looking forward to use my own inner tent. But again thank you for the excellent temporary solution. Hope to use my own 2Oookstar in September in Norway. But you said that would be no problem :) Success!

    Grtz Kasper