Bank Holiday Bugs

Well, the May Bank Holiday is upon us and the children have enjoyed making their own little dens in their tents outside. Dad has had to do the running around today as I found myself at the computer a little more than usual after winning Purpledognet’s #purplebiz of the day on Twitter. I have been juggling doing the washing with tweeting away about the shop, spreading the word far and wide. Last weekend was also dedicated to the business as on Sunday as we pulled together as a family to create a little something to help advertise The One Stop Bug Shop. More on that later!

This week I also discovered ‘Draw Something’ on the iPhone, which is addictive to say the least! I cannot draw, but find myself compelled to try and depict words such as ‘android’ with my meagre skills and four or five basic colours. Apparently this craze to draw soon wears off, so I am waiting for that moment as I am currently involved in about 10 games against people from all over the world……such fun (little Miranda homage there)!

Anyway, I’ll just drop in a pic of one of my favourite little bugs, the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Who wouldn’t want to take this little guy for a walk?


Bugs are Back to Blogging…….

Hello stranger, you blog you. I am sorry I have neglected you for so long. Last time my link didn’t go to Twitter and I had a moment of harumphing and thinking I don’t have time for this etc etc. Anyway, I am sorting it now and it’ll be fine. So, what has changed in the world of Bugs recently? I have a few new lovely things in the shop, including the spider brolly pictured, appropriate for the current April showers we are having. I also added some really cute Kidorable bee T-shirts, Ladybird and butterfly bucket hats for the sunshine yet to come, and flip-flops which have clever elastic straps around the heel to keep them on little peoples’ feet! All this in the hope we get some lovely sunny weather in which your little munchkins can wear them. My social-media education is continuing, and I am a regular on Twitter now. Every Sunday between 5-7.30pm I am entering #SBS , in which small businesses tweet their biz to @Theopaphitis and he goes through them to choose 6 he rates. He then retweets these to his followers and you become part of a supportive club of other #’SBS winners. If you have never thought of doing this, please do, you never know! I happen to tweet with several #SBS winners on a regular basis and aspire to be able to join this group of wonderful business people! I know I am just one mum, working from home on my little business, but I don’t see why that should stop me from reaching for the stars! Cornish life is wonderful as ever. We had a warm and sunny Easter break, lots of visitors down here and we made the most of the beaches. Now we just hope these torrential rain showers will go away! 


Powered by #Zumba !

Today the One Stop Bug Shop is brought to you by the letter Z and the number 2. Z is for Zumba, which has been powering me along of late and really starting my days with a buzz on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when I do an hour each morning. The music is infectious, and there are plenty of well-known songs to warm up and down to as well. If I’m in the shower, or the kitchen, and one of those Zumba warm-up songs comes on I just can’t help doing my version of the dance I’ve been taught! Luckily it’s too much fun at classes to worry about how you look, and the people having the most fun always seem to be those collapsing in a fit of giggles at a step they just can’t get. Yes, there are one or two experts at the front, but a lot more of the ‘normal’ people trying to get to the back! Today my friends and I, usually hiding happily near the back, found ourselves pushed forwards as so many new people have started that they have taken over our ‘safe-spot’! No matter, we felt a bit vulnerable at first, but we were closer to the music, and the instructor, so off we went! ZUMBAAAAA! The number two is for my two lovely children, who inspired me to start the shop and without whom I would have no idea of these lovely products for little ones. I drop them off at school, maybe do a bit of Zumba, a few hours work at home, pick them up and then, once they are in bed, I can do a few more hours work. So, I can still be here to hear all about playing spies in the playground, or who helped to tidy up, what they learned today and to do reading and homework. How lucky am I?

Dreaming of fingerless gloves!

Still cold in my corner under the stairs. Tried typing with gloves on but ended up accidentally sending off some half-complete feedback to a customer on Ebay – oops! Need some of those fab ’80s fingerless gloves I think – wish I had kept my electric pink ones. Anyway, once again I am trying to use Twitter correctly, but it seems there are all sorts of little politenesses, which I have overlooked. In particular I now find I need to check who has RT’d me, and thank them individually each time. Another mention is good for everyone and I totally understand why. So, I’ll be keeping a closer eye on things like that now – would hate people to think I am rude. I have to say, the best people on Twitter are the ones you can have a banter with, no hard sell, just nice normal tweeps who have something in common. For me, it’s other mums working from home and juggling kids, school, after-school clubs and their businesses. Always lovely to have a chat with any of those – especially if they do have a little look at my website  ;0)

Word of mouth is starting to work for The One Stop Bug Shop though, which is great! I had my 100th customer last week, which meant a bit of bubbly with hubby. Here’s to the next 100 lovely people to take home one of our fab bug-themed gifts!

Social Media – Social Whirl!

Wow! I am suddenly thrown into a mad whirl of Social Media now that I have spent a bit longer on Twitter. Ok, I knew it was there, and I knew others were spending a lot of time there, but boy, did I not realise how many avenues there are to go down! I have managed to find loads of other mums with their own businesses, like me. Many are well established and showing me the way in so many ways. Trouble is, I could spend all day just on Twitter, without getting around to facebook, my once-in-a-while blog and, oh yes, my ACTUAL SHOP! Phew, now I’ve got that off my chest.

Fingers are numb today from typing in a cold corner of my house, with no heating until the plumber shows up, and that’s only with fingers crossed (with difficulty) that he can fix the problem, Nevertheless it’s a beautiful sunny day in Cornwall and the view from my little window reminds me how nice it is to be my own boss, have time for the children, and to no longer be commuting in to London as I did for 8 years.

Don’t get me wrong, I do miss certain things about living and working in the Big Smoke. I could pop down the road after work with friends for tapas and red wine if we needed to set the world to rights, and the public transport meant that that wine was no problem. I could go to top shows and buy all the latest fashions. Hmmm, did I actually do that when I lived there? Nope! Couldn’t face Oxford Street at a weekend, when I had time to go there, so avoided it.

Anyway, there is the point that being at a desk in front of a computer is the same for all of us, whether in London, or in sunny Cornwall. However, I remain smug in the thought that I could pop down to a beautiful harbour with the kids after school and breathe in the fresh sea air any day (ok, not when it’s blowing a gale and raining sideways – which is often). This is one for the others in my situation to think about – never forget how lucky we are. Go out and look at your lovely county! Here ends my ramble for the day!


Back and buzzing….

Well, here we go back into it again. All new prices from suppliers mean starting again with pricing for me, but all shall be sorted very soon without too much of a hit to the customer, thankfully. I am still itching to add new lines to the shop, but need to re-stock a few favourites too. Our lovely fluffy ‘Wigglers’ – caterpillar puppets from The Puppet Company, have proved very popular since they joined us in November! I added my favourite picture as the main pic for the shop, and lo and behold, that is the style that sold out again and again! I am now going to make sure I have extra supplies of these cute characters.  Most recently our bee towels have been popular – must admit they are very cute. One customer ordered one , and then another one two days later. Can’t get better praise than that! Anyway, whilst holding back on adding new stock I still have loads of ideas for diversifying buzzing around in my head and I have to keep on top of those. My notebook is full, full full and after a lovely Christmas / New Year break  I am happy to be back and buzzing!

Brolly Postage Fun!

Well, I have recently added some lovely dome umbrellas for children in ladybird and butterfly designs. I carefully weighed them and calculated postage, and did all my stuff to get them on the site. Today I was very happy to have sold my first one. I had fun with the brown paper getting it all wrapped up, thinking of the postie delivering it, knowing straight away what it is. It’s like those cartoons where every gift wrapped up looks just like its actual shape and there’s no mystery! Anyway, I get to the Post Office with my parcels (including another strangely shaped one – a push-along ladybird toy, also involving a long stick), and hand it over happily. It’s only then I realise I’ve put the postage on wrong – durrrrr. An umbrella, even a child’s umbrella, is too long to be a package! Oh no, it is a standard parcel, and as such costs £2 more!!! Lucky first recipent of the brolly – you got a bargain there. Now all is sorted on the site and it won’t be happening again. You live and learn!