Busy Day

Some days there are so many things happening it is hard to know where to start.  Some times these are the days when nothing really seems to get done at all.

Yesterday two exciting things happened – firstly a job The Dazzler is working on, with his business DH Joinery may feature on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.  Understandably we are overly excited about this, as although we realise that we probably wont feature, their should be some recognition of his work and we are hopeful this might lead on to more work of this kind.  Failing that we are just very excited for our friends whose tiny space it is.

The announcement that this may be happening sent me into a tizz.  Yet more marketing, websites, twitter, blog and facebooking to do.  More ideas, communicating and record keeping.  Don’t get me wrong, I really love it all, but I was just finding my feet with Typical Type and now I have to do it all again for our ‘real’ business!  I’m looking forward to sharing our progress with you and hopefully you may even be able to see the results on the television one day!

The second exciting thing that happened was we decided to offer individual letters for hire too.  After I said ‘no, no, no’.  I eventually said ‘Yes’ and then my mind went a bit blank.

That’s why I’m now off to paint a letter C and E. At 8.30pm on a Tuesday night.  The joy of being self employed.

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Social Media

September 2013 213 September 2013 555So here’s the thing.  When I went to school there were two rooms with computers in.  I think there were around 50 computers in total – 25 were dedicated to those who wanted to learn to touch type (Me – I could even type in French…) and 25 to those who wanted to learn about spreadsheets.  Being the lazy type I chose IT for one of my subjects at GCSE, so I learnt how to type.  But that was it.  I was the last in the class to learn how to touch type.  I was too lazy to proof read.  Weirdly I did pass more tests than most people, but that would be my mildly competitive side coming through.

I didn’t go to University until I was 23, but even then things like Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter didn’t really play a part in every day life so again I missed out.  Then I fell off the radar, raising the kids and not really having a lot to do with computers.  So now I consider myself rather green on the whole social media front.  There are so many different things to think about. I’ve been on Facebook for years, but using it for business is different.  I think I am getting the hang of it now, but it takes time.  Lots of it.  this week I have managed to contact lots of hotels and wedding venues and luckily it is starting to pay off, the amazing PapaKata have said they are happy to recommend us, and we have some plans for a spectacular launch of a new word with them, so time well spent.

Then I have this blog and a whole new world of reciprocal blogging, thank you, by the way, Victoria Stott, who wrote a lovely piece about BIG LOVE.  I still don’t understand SEO and all the other letters which are involved in getting traffic to my website and blog, but I do love that someone took the time to write something nice about us!  I’m now in touch with a business advisor – he is studying for his diploma so we have 6 free hours and believe me we will work him for those hours…

Today we finally gave in and signed up for Twitter.  I have no idea how, but I hope to see you there – typicaltypeuk.  Come follow me and laugh a lot at my naivety.  Luckily there are some kind people guiding me through.   There’s always a reason why you meet the people you do.

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A day off

Last week was not kind to us.  The car broke so we couldn’t transport our letters, the insurance company for the letters closed early.  The washing machine broke, the business cards didn’t arrive, I can’t tell you how many other things went wrong.  But we did it. Look how stunning they are…

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And we got bookings,  The website has had lots of traffic, as has the facebook page, all of which is great.

Today we went for a walk, The Dazzler really needed a day off, he had worked long hours last week.  I was exhausted too, but sightly letter obsessed.  So, a walk refreshed us both… Mx

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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.

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The 3rd Weekend in October

Not a catchy title, but some how reflective of our weekend.  You know those weekends when things seem to just be, well the third weekend, kind of ones?

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This was built on Friday.  It will become our ‘BIG LOVE‘ lit letters which people can hire out.  Suddenly things have become very exciting and very, very ‘real’.

Saturday we went to Kendal to the ‘Comic Art Festival’.  There was loads of activities for the kids to do, but I must say I haven’t really changed my opinion about comics.  For some reason I look at them and all those pictures just seem like noise.  That said, the kids loved it. Maybe my opinion was marred by the fact that as we arrived the power steering decided it would stop working.  That will teach me for looking at the bank account and thinking ‘breathe’ in the morning.  Any hope we had have correcting things this week are again, out of the window.  Image

Today we had ‘meals on wheels’.  We were supposed to visit my parents for lunch, but given the car situation they brought it to us.  They brought a much needed plate of comfort.

Here’s to the 4th weekend.  Mx

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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