Six months of busy…
The first half of 2015 has been incredibly busy and varied in the world of AuraDecor Designs, and I thought I would share some of those ‘behind the scenes’…
Being featured in the April issue of The World of Interiors was a highlight, creating the copy and the photographs to appear in the magazine was fun but at the same time stressful – Have we selected the best image? Are the ‘content words’ clear enough? It was most exciting when the issue hit the shelves, knowing that our lovely beaded hens and tealights were featured in a top notch interiors magazine.
Then precisely at that point we discovered that our website had been hacked into. We were definately not happy bunnies! Fortunately thanks to our web guys our shop was soon back up and running.
The recent launch of our Set To Impress range of co-ordinated Table decor kept us somewhat focused during Spring. Discussions with local venues, photographing the table decorations in situ, and working with printers and graphic designers to create our marketing material… never a dull moment!
Add to this a sourcing trip to South Africa which put us in touch once again with new and exciting designers. Liz is currently working on new ideas and designs to add to our unique range of products, so watch this space (or better still, sign up to our newsletter – via Facebook or the home page footer – and we will alert you to the new arrivals!)
With the hand stencilled Agapanthus cushions continuing to be one of our best sellers (it’s always an ‘interesting’ moment involving some gymnastics, when packaging up a couple of these large cushions into a parcel fit for dispatch!)
And then after you have shipped an order off, the realisation dawns that we are low in stock of these popular designs… out comes the paint… and stencils… on goes the radio… sleeves rolled up we start stencilling. To be fair it’s the ‘royal we’ as Liz does the main job of stencilling and I watch her in awe, mixing and blending the colours until just the right shade is reached.
Finishing off the first six months of the year with soaring temperatures has brought back fond memories of hot South African summers… however, having lived here in the UK for nearly 2 decades I have to admit that I am no longer used to heatwaves and tend to wilt in the humidity.
I reckon that a few ‘tame’ non-exertive tasks are called for during the first week of July, oh and Wimbledon just happens to be on the telly too!