Monday, April 20, 2015

Word of the Week - Focus

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I had a completely different word planned this week until I read an article about staying focused… 
Reading the article was especially timely and helpful today because rather than focusing on what I was doing, I got completely side tracked and started reading my favourite blogs… although useful today - because it helped me re focus and complete what I was doing -  it can certainly be a time trap...

Focus is key when starting up and growing a new business, because its really easy to get side tracked and lose sight of your goals….

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Junk and Disorderly - Auckland NZ

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Since meeting Nicole Stewart (who set up Junk and Disorderly with her husband Richard) I've been wanting to visit their Auckland store and it certainly lived up to my expectations…Selling mostly vintage but with a good dose of new & contemporary home wares there is something for everyone including great coffee…

18 Kawana Street
New Zealand

Mon - Sat 9am - 4.30pm
Sun 10am - 4pm

Monday, April 13, 2015

Word of the Week - Authentic

"Authentic: 1 of undisputed origin; genuine 2. reliable, trustworthy"
The Australian Oxford Dictionary

After returning from the library with a bag of full of inspiring business related books (I'm growing Ten Green Balloons) I've decided to feature a word a week here on the Ten Green Balloons Blog..
 A word which encompasses my business values and how I want Ten Green Balloons to be perceived..

I'm also currently reading the Naked CEO by Alex Malley filled with great quotable quotes like this quote from Chapter One - Be Yourself
"There is one truth: being authentic is the master key to a positive life and career. Facades are a risky and exhausting business"

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ten Green Balloons - Best of the Bazaar

Setting up a small retail space in the Cool-Room at the Waverley Antiques and Collectables Bazaar was a really good move for Ten Green Balloons and its proving to be quite successful… Since opening a small 3x3 metre space I've doubled in size, and really love spending time at H6/TGB. In a way my space has become an extension of home - helped of course by the fact my kitchen table and chairs are in the middle of the space - not really for sale…….

As well as sitting and working occasionally at my kitchen table, merchandising my space, and talking to customers, I absolutely love walking around the Bazaar taking photos of whatever catches my eye, coming home and creating collages like the one above made up of the most popular images from the Ten Green Balloons Facebook Page….

Open Monday - Sunday 10am - 4.45pm 
11a Aristoc Road
Glen Waverley

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Freelance & Retail at TGB

It's a good thing I'm passionate about growing Ten Green Balloons, love running a small business, and enjoy the world of Freelance, because there is no doubt about it  - it's tough!! When I left my secure 9 - 5, well paid, desk job about 6 years ago ( a life time ago!!) to study photography, I had no idea, I would be working as a Stylist / Stylist Assistant, working casually in an Art Gallery, and running a retail / prop hire business…

Although tough, it can be ultra rewarding, and it has opened up a whole new world filled with flexibility, creative like minded people (and not - if I'm completely honest!), amazing opportunities, new skills, and invaluable lessons….  A lifestyle I'm not giving up or back any time soon!!

Although on the surface it looks like I am juggling three separate careers, (and it feels like a juggling act sometimes) they all tie in together quite nicely, with some cross over. For example Styling on commercial photo shoots helps with merchandising and trend forecasting, and in reverse provides prop hire opportunities… Working in an Art Gallery is constantly inspiring, but from a business point of view provides invaluable Business, Customer Service and Retail experience, and has provided me with styling and prop hire opportunities….

If you are considering working Freelance or Starting your own Business you need to be PASSIONATE,  100% COMMITTED and work REALLY REALLY HARD

and thats just for starters

Lovin Banksy

Friday, March 6, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Nancy Drew Series c1972

My local Op Shop was having a book sale (buy two get one free) and I came home with the almost complete set of The Nacny Drew Mystery Stories from the 70's - The pages have browned beautifully, but apart from that they are in really good condition with little shelf-ware, no torn pages or inscriptions… Thankfully I found them when I did as they were destined for land fill and are quite collectable - I just remember reading Nancy Drew when I was younger, and the series bought back some nice memories….

Created in 1930 by publisher Edward Stratemeyer the Nancy Drew books were ghostwritten by various authors and published under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. This series is from the 70's and has been revised and shortened since the series was first published...

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