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So here I am with an old stripped out caravan for £50, Now the real work starts, while still trying to run the business, by now I'd given up on online sales as I'd just got such a slow connection it had become impossible, unless I went out to use Mc Donald's connection!


The 1st job was to cure the damp the interior roof had to be removed, I was lucky the floor was sound and didn't need any work.


My husband started to make the shelves, all from upcycled wood., and I started to paint the dull walls. We re lined the roof and added insulation.




The next job was to design, cut and fit the graphics. I wanted it to look like the name the Crazy Dog Pawtique, It was then ready for stock to be added.






Then came opening day and it went well. People were talking about the caravan shop. At this point it was still very hard to promote myself online. Still no reliable net and my connection was off most days or too slow to load even emails. It was very hard!!

Unless I went out, it was impossible to get online at times!




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So with Narnia Bug coming into my life after me losing Lucy Locket, I entered the

crazy sometimes stressful world of dog shows.





It struck me then how many people didn't have a nice show poo bag holder, they didn't have fancy treat bags and here was me with the lot! And it was noticed! I soon became known for the lady with the huge dog and the fancy accessories. It didn't take me long to corner that market and set up selling custom dog and show accessories something that I still sell today.












So here came the dilemma and it was quite a big one.. you know like huge BIG Great Dane sized one! If I went to an outdoor show and it rained, everything would get soaked and a lot would be ruined, hmm a marquee I though but then with the weather we get in Cornwall I thought No! I need something more substantial, then an idea popped up in my head, this would have of course been a 3am idea that then wakes my brain up. " Yes it does wake up at inappropriate times and keeps me awake" What about if I bought a caravan? and stripped it out inside and fitted it out with shelves. Its dry, secure and mobile and with the windows, its light too! That kept me awake all night thinking, planning and dreaming. The morning came and I started my search then the most extraordinary thing happened! I looked on marketplace and there was a caravan listed 5 mins ago and pretty close by. It was a scrap yard. The ad read.


Caravan for Sale.. Stripped out Inside, good axle, would make a super trailer £50 buyer must collect, will tow, tyres good.


I sent him a message, telling him of my idea and asking do you think it wold be any good for me? almost immediately I got a message saying. " I love this idea, anything to help a small business, can you collect this evening? I of course said yes and by 7pm I had the basis for the start of creating my dream.


That night I went to bed both nervous and excited at where this box on wheels may take me and my business.



I started working on it the next day






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You know like when you are just sitting, TV on but your mind is elsewhere?. The Dreams you spin in your head?


Yes?. Well It was one of those moments that led me to start my own business. The creation of a dream you could say and one that would grow and grow! A ticket to dream! but also a ticket to make a dream come true!

My Dream Ticket

I'd had a business before ran with my mom , a collector's shop then a tea room and on to our own restaurant then back to a collectors shop, but when dad got terminal cancer, we took the decision to close, to take care of him. after dad passed we moved and started to trade again in collectables and antiques. We decided to sell online and at the same time I also took up photography and photo manipulation. Which later became freelance product photography for some quite well know magazines.





Then mom became ill, 1st with breast cancer which she was cured from again, she'd had it before a few years ago, but then came pancreatic cancer and a gruelling 11 hour operation to try and save her life, thankfully it worked and we again thought about restarting the business, since I was a child I'd been crafty I made dough dolls and jewellery and sold them. We though a part time business may just work while she got stronger, on June 1st her birthday she was given the all clear on the 5th she was rushed into hospital with a delayed reaction to the operation and she passed away. It was such a shock!...


Lucy comforting mom after her diagnosis


It was mom's wish for me to re start a business, get something of your own she'd say, something to be proud of. So on Halloween while watching a horror film I sat making a necklace, I posted it on Facebook just before midnight and one of my USA friends said. " May I buy this please?" and that was that ... The start of my business.. It ticked away nicely for a while. We had awfully slow broadband which would go off almost weekly, it wasn't reliable and dial up speed. I struggled to share what I'd created and uploading photos became more of a struggle as our connection got worse and worse.



Lucy And I Always Together.

Then another death in the family my Great Dane who had helped me through losing mom and dad had cancer and I lost her. I was devastated and ready to just give up! 3 days later a Great Dane puppy was advertised quite local, I knew I had to have her and she lead me to the re starting again of my business, the start of the dream and The Crazy Dog Pawtique.........

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