Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Monday, 27 June 2011
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Monday, 20 June 2011
So today dots and spots is 3 years old – I take the date from the first day I received payment from a shop for my cards!! That was when it all got serious but .....
By creating dots and spots, I have given myself a little flexibility – yes I work hard, yes I work many more hours than I did teaching but what I am doing, I am doing for me and my family. I can take a morning off to watch an assembly, if the children are ill, I don’t need to feel so guilty about having to take a day off work. I don’t have to spend my weekends and holidays writing reports and planning – because if the truth be know I don’t really ever get a holiday or many weekends off (yet!) I seem to work every day but can pick and choose when and for how long, depending on the ‘to do’ list.
I feel very lucky to be able to see my products ‘out there’ in the shops – a brand that is becoming distinctive and recognisable. Designs, which people will pay for and come back for more. In 3 years we have developed a whole range of products and designs – some are still with us since the beginning – some have been put to one side or have been developed in a different way.
There is still so much I want to do – I'm hoping in another three years time, I will look back at this blog entry and smile , enjoying even more new products and designs and writing about how far we have come! I guess it’s quite an achievement, given the current state of country, some would say a silly time to start a business but it really did just evolve, never any business plan, never any detailed projections, as each opportunity has arisen, so we have done our best to grab it with both hands and I guess, that’s how things will continue.
Sunday, 19 June 2011
Friday, 17 June 2011
I wanted to photograph the wrap as a tall, tower of presents so firstly I had to find 12 boxes differing in size - which was harder than I thought! Then wrap them which took longer than expected but it was worth it....
Ta - daaaa!
A little bit more detail!
Here is the wrapping paper and gift tags (still unpunched and unstrung)
and here is EVERYTHING else!!
Now you can see why I have been so busy - this photo certainly does show how cohesive all the new goodies are.
So we have
4 new postcard ranges
* Home * Seaside * Pink Pattern * Blue Pattern *
An advent Calendar
6 new magnets
Gift packs for presents or parties
4 new greetings cards
Mugs - which are currently only available to trade
Party Invitations and Thank You's
4 new notebooks with plain and squared pages
And of course my lovely new wrap and co-ordinating gift tags.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
We were right up in the top of the stadium - just 3 rows from the back but it was worth it, regardless of where we were - the atmosphere was A*M*A*Z*I*N*G
who sang all the favourites including Angels!
They sang a fab mix of old and new tracks -
The set was incredible and the atmosphere electric
Thank you Jeff for the birthday surprise tickets - had the best time!
Here is a 'wobbily' minute video - just to get the scale of it all!