After working all bank holiday weekend, we revamped my little shop’s website, did mini-photoshoots at home and have new products in stock and new ranges on the way. I don’t want to make this blog all about my business, but it’s such an incredibly different way of working to what I am used to, I feel I have to share it. After indecision about where to go, what to do next, I now have something tangible to work on while I don’t necessarily have the headspace for creativity in thousands of words that a book requires. This is no bad thing. Running a small business is a huge learning curve but right now, I need focus in a different way, and surrounding myself with beautiful objects while learning every step of the way is allowing me that. I am enjoying it.
Here’s a little glimpse of what’s in store and some of the photos we took. Even more exciting and more Her Little Place relevant products (homeware, such beautiful homeware) arriving soon. Everything you see is available over here.
I have problems with my iPhone. It works, it freezes, sometimes it doesn’t switch on at all. This happened last week and my first thought was not so much about losing the functionality of my phone, but more about losing what’s on there. The photos. The videos. The memories.
I have videos on my phone of my toddler’s first steps. My newborn discovering his hands for the first time. I have photos of our first family holiday. Our first family home together. The thought of losing them… well.
Hastily when my phone decided to work again, I downloaded the inkifi app and set about printing almost all my photos straight away. Luckily, I have the best of my photos locked away in a private family Instagram feed (I also have an Instagram account for her little place, and for my shop too) so it was relatively quick and easy to get them all into inkifi.
I chose vintage prints, like polaroids only cleaner and slicker, and I’m thrilled to bits with them. I packaged the best of them into a gorgeous Kraft gift box (like the ones I use to package up goodies in the shop) as a birthday present for R from the little ones, with some washi tape. It’s made for a pretty awesome little present. I think he’ll agree.
I have always been a nerd about organisation. I have always had heaps of notebooks and I thrived off to-do lists. When I worked as a reporter, I carried a small moleskin diary with me everywhere filled with various lists of things to do, one for work and one for home. But then I had babies. And my to-do lists disappeared because there was no time to write it down anyway (my last year’s moleskin diary was entirely blank). Now though, that’s changed. I miss the tangible satisfaction of crossing a line through one of the other various things to do. It’s too confusing to carry it all around in my head. Yes, I know – that’s what Notes in my iPhone is for. But I’m no good with that (more on my iPhone problems later). I need to write stuff down. So I’m getting organised again. Now I’m armed with notepads and diaries again.
First up: a summer 2015 to summer 2016 diary from Oliver Bonas (above) – it’s girly, way girlier than I’d normally choose, but hey it’s what they had and plus it’s super helpful with all sorts of list space. If I’d had time to browse around a bit, I’d have liked to have picked something out from Sticker Stack. But a diary is a diary. Plus it’s got cutesy stuff like this that actually does make me smile.
I spent a small but worthwhile and much needed fortune on Hay plisse folders from Really Well Made (such a thoughtful shop, and one I love). These are just what I need to organise my notes from my creative writing course and various shop-related admin.
Finally, I happened to be in the right place at the right time when Rhodia asked me if I’d like some notebooks. These are perfect for my writing and short story ideas. So next time some inspiration comes to me, hopefully I won’t lose it straight away.
I don’t want to write too much about my little online shop here because that’s not what this blog is about. But I’m super pleased with some photos I took yesterday of new products. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken out the DSLR. The rest is all over here.
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