BIG LOVE

What a week.

We decided to go for it and build ‘BIG LOVE’. We are extremely proud of ourselves – they are just stunning.  Really, really, really gorgeous.  And it’s not just us who think so, even the kids were impressed.

Building them has been a nightmare ‘interesting’, to say the least.  Firstly we were let down by the people who said they could supply the lights.  Apparently saying ‘Yes, no problem, just call us’ means something different to other people.  So, after a lot of ringing around and begging we finally found Sign Connections, who really meant it when they said ‘Yes, no problem.’  The lights arrived in a big box of shiny gorgeousness, along with some advice and even some extra bulbs.  They were in the post in the blink of an eye and they are beauties.

Next, the business cards I thought I had ordered didn’t arrive.  It turns out the card I had registered was out of date.  My error.  So another crazy round of calling around, asking friends to help us with making pdf worthy art work, which is something I don’t understand.  Yet another thing to learn.  So, a couple of friends helped and we called a local printers.  They wanted to charge us almost triple the amount we were originally going to pay, err – let me think about that.  No.  Another phone call and we struck gold with absolute, who had them done the following morning for around the same cost as the on-line people.  They look fantastic and we will certainly be ordering more from them.

Now, to really test us, our car is in pieces in the garage.  So we have to find an alternative mode of transport.  Again, friends are coming to our rescue.  We feel both tested and lucky all at once.

And please don’t get me started on insurance brokers who close early on Fridays.

Mx

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Keeping it Local II

I’ve been doing a little more digging around and research for trying to keep my Christmas shopping ‘local’ or from independent suppliers.  Of course we have increased the range for Typical Type, including a lovely golden heart which would make a great gift or decoration if wrapped in Christmas lights.  We also received our first bit of feedback and it could not have been more lovely, which really made our day.  It also made me feel even more determined and dedicated to getting as much this year by supporting other smaller businesses.

Like just about every woman I know, I am for ever watching my weight, and no, I am not suggesting you get your girl friends a subscription to a diet group.  The reason I mention it, is as an off shoot to the group I am also a member of the book, craft and baking group where we can all show off the things we have made.  Whilst perusing it the other day I noticed a gorgeous crocheted teddy bear.  I spoke to the lady who had made it, Tracey, and she has the lovely blog where you can order one of her fabulous toys for some extremely lucky little ones.  I hope to order Farrah a small toy – she has too many soft toys, but I know she will love it.

I’ve found some lovely cards from the lovely Sheena – who did our logo – over on Etsy.  She sells cards via her store, Henry fish design – I really like her graphic designed cards, bright, simple and bold, just my kind of thing.  And with thoughts on the beautifying which we all love to do at Christmas, I would love to order some flowers from these guys.  I used them for our wedding last year and I can not recommend them higher.  They were so kind and patient with my ever changing list and tiny budget.  Ok, so you have to order lots of the same type of flower, but if you are wanting to decorate your house and give some flowers over the Christmas period this is the way to do it., whilst learning a new skill.

Lastly I have been searching out yet more amazing photographers for you! The kids were modelling for Aspire again and I realised how lucky they are having such talented ladies working there.  Both Rachel and Jenny are not only beautiful and lovely, but extraordinarily good photographers.  It wasn’t these two who were photographing the kids this time, they were posing for the Nikon magazine, a reader had won a prize to be taught by Stuart from Cooper Photography, and what a lucky reader he was.  Stuart was so good with the kids – patient, allowing them to run off steam, and only asking them to ‘pose’ for short times, that a lot of photographers could learn a thing or two.  No doubt we will be ordering a print or two!

Mx

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Coffee

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Making good coffee is an art.  But it really isn’t difficult to master it.  It helps when you have a beautiful new Italian coffee pot to make it in.

Good coffee should go hand and hand with good food and good service.  It’s so depressing when you treat yourself and all you can think is ‘I could do better than this at home’.  Being a stay-at-home Mum I often pop out for coffee with friends or The Dazzler, or just as a little treat for myself.  I wont bore you with the places where I wont return to.  I will share with you a few I love though –

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Priory Hall, Lancaster.  Serves Atkinsons coffee and Debbies lovely cakes.  It’s all shabby and faded minimalism.  It’s run by a couple of young lads, but the customer base is mixed – from ‘hip’ to ‘hip op’ – it doesn’t matter, as long as you love your coffee.  https://www.facebook.com/thehall10?fref=ts

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The Wolfhouse Kitchen, Silverdale.  What is not to love about this place? The cakes rock.  The coffee is good.  The staff are lovely.  Go for a walk to Jenny Brown’s Point and then go eat here.  You will thank me forever more. https://www.facebook.com/TheWolfhouseKitchen?fref=ts

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Last, but by no means least, the best coffee I have had in a VERY long time is served here, Lovingly Artisan.  (And yes, I have been known to serve the odd one from here too!) The bread is amazing too.  Have a chat with Aidan and you will soon realise that he lives and breathes sourdough, and good coffee.  Next time you are headed to Oxenholme make sure you leave enough time to pop over and see them.  By a loaf as a gift (You will be moved to the top of the ‘best guest’ list) and make sure you take a coffee.  You will never buy one on a train again.  Ever.  Even if you are parched and in dire need of a pick me up.  https://www.facebook.com/lovinglyartisan?ref=ts&fref=ts

Go treat yourself, life is too short to drink rubbish coffee.

Mx