December Closure

The Woodwasp shop and workshop will be closed from Saturday 10th December until Wednesday 21st.

When we  re-open it may still be possible to arrange collection for our local customers, but will be too late to post products in time for Christmas.

We’re back!

Finally, Woodwasp is back in action and the shop is open for business.  Thank you all for your patience during a rather sad and difficult few weeks.

We will be having another temporary closure from 22nd October to 29th October 2015.

Re-opening postponed

Unfortunately we’ve had to postpone our planned re-opening due to a family illness.

We hope to be able to re-open by the end of September. Please revisit, or drop us an email if you’d like to be notified when we’re back in action.

We’re sorry if this has caused any of you any inconvenience.

Roath Market 29th November

Our planned event at Western Leisure Centre was cancelled at the last minute, but we’ve been fortunate to get a space at Roath Market instead.

The craft market is held inside the Mackintosh Community Centre (38 Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3JW) between 9:30 am and 1 pm, while the Roath Food Market is held outdoors in the car park.

We’ve not attended this one for a long time, but it’s always been fun and it’s good to be back.  There are lots of interesting craft stalls, friendly people, and fantastic food outside.

More details at

Temporary closure

Woodwasp will be closed until Sun 30th Aug.

The online shop will be open for browsing but you won’t be able to make any purchases.  If you email us during that time we’ll be happy to take your orders but we won’t be able to make or post anything until Monday 1st Sept.

The machine is tired and is having a rest!!

Cardiff Christmas Market

2013-11-14-190825I’ve sent most of the last two days in St John’s Street, Cardiff, setting up the stall for the Cardiff Christmas Market and for the first day of trading.  Our stall is just under one of Cardiff’s new WiFi access points(facing the Bright House electrical and furniture shop), so it seemed like a good opportunity for a quick update from the site.

The market stretches from the junction with Duke Street down into the Hayes and runs from now until 23rd December.  Over 80 businesses will be here over the period, specialising in local products, hand made arts and crafts, unusual and personalised gifts and good food.

We’ll be here until 23rd November, then we’re back again for nine days at the end.

Today’s been something special, with ‘Step into Christmas’ taking place all around us.  There has been live music, parades, Father Christmas (the real one) and real reindeer.  I’ve not seen much of it as I’ve been sitting in the stall like a rabbit in a pet shop, but I’ve heard the music and served a lot of very excited families.

We’ve had good dry weather so far, the streets are lit up beautifully and there’s a great atmosphere.  …and the comedy musical nun has just trundled past. It’s well worth a visit.

Just WordPress Workshops

I’m very pleased that I have finally managed to get to one of the WordPress Users Wales sessions, this one organised in conjunction with the Software Alliance Wales.  It was a very useful few hours that left me with plenty to think about.

Note and fridge magnet

Reflecting WordPress’s origins, much of the day’s activities focused on blogging and making sure the right people know about the blog (particularly through social media). Not so much on static web pages or using WordPress to deliver transactional services (although they were mentioned).  I left with a wealth of new ideas, and useful reminders of things I already knew I really should be paying more attention to.  It was great to meet up with some old and new friends (and to be reminded about the challenges of working on communications in the public sector!).

Many thanks and a big round of applause for the organisers and speakers.

Key things to me to remember?

  • Post regularly
  • Don’t let technical tinkering and presentation distract you from the creating the content
  • Social media is an essential tool for directing and filtering the flood of online information
  • Share, and others will share in return

I must pin them to the fridge.