Introductions

Everyone needs a sprinkle of glitter…

Sparkle is a girl’s best friend right?

The Cheeky Cow thinks so… and so do I!

Before I introduce other bloggers, event organisation, other skilled craftsman and women in future blogs, I thought it would be prudent to tell you all where I am up to in my own business, how I got to this stage and where I am moving it forward to.

I have two passions now, funny cards being one and personalised glitter glasses being the other.  And while I think I have honed the designs into near perfection now, let me tell you, my first designs were something else altogether.  I am just glad I have a self critical eye is all I can say.  Don’t worry though, none of the early stuff ever made it to a customer’s house, just in my bin…. and lots of them!

After two years of hard slog, endless research, heavy investment in the right equipment and a bit of imagination I came up with The Cheeky Cow’s glass collections and it grows as each new season is thrust upon us.  The most recent is Father’s Day and it has seen the sale of various funny cards (my stepdad card was and is the most popular), and funny and personalised dad pint glasses have gone down a treat too.  I am currently in the middle of wedding season and brides are lurrvving the wedding glitter glasses… I could cry with excitement really!!

So basically our product is a glass (wine glass, champagne etc) of your choice, with the stem decorated with glitter (16 colour choices cough cough…).  And on top of that feature we have added a trim of diamante and  various slogans and phrases along with the drinkers’ name.   We do pint glasses too for the men of course, we like to keep everyone happy.  Our promise is to get the glass out within 3 working days, and to have a no quibble return policy, regardless of any reason and both our customer service and quality are shining through as the orders come pouring in.

By the way, this blog is not designed to be a direct sales pitch.. although if you do want to buy I am not going to tackle you to the ground, this is just so you get to know a bit about what I do every day.

 

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Anyway, sorry for the ‘all about me’ post, but I thought it was important.  My next one will be much more interesting… I promise honestly!!

So till then

TTFN

Paula 🙂

Introductions

Welcome to The Herd

Hi all and welcome

Starting a blog was a tough decision, did I have time to write one?  Did people want to read? Would it add value to our customers?  And I decided yes I did and yes it would.  Do you want to read? Well only you can decide that… but I will try my best to grab your attention with relevant and informative posts from business decisions I make to planning an event and introductions to other cool business that are hidden gems,  the list is, as they say…  endless!!

So, this is the original Sarky Cow signing in and starting what I hope to be a great journey.

Who am I anyway?
I started my first business in 2005 as a retail florist at the age of 29, a decision made to help support my children as my husband and I did not have the support of grandparents and siblings around us on a day to day basis to help with school runs, assemblies and school plays.. all of which can take time out of the daily work routine.  So, in order not to miss these all important events, I decided to go it alone… and, as I had re-trained as a florist only a year before, a retail florist was the obvious choice.

I soon found that this was my calling in life, creativity and business rolled into one helped to feed both elements of my personality that needed nourishment.. and what started as a family necessity, soon become my absolute passion.  Taking on great staff enabled me to be at home every day after school, and to attend those events mentioned so it really was the winning recipie for mine and my families life at that time.

And passionate I was and still am now.  I learnt everything there was to know about the floristry business, I gained contracts locally where others had failed and soon became the go to ‘wedding florist and event decorator’ in my home town and surrounding areas doing up to 75 weddings per year.  I employed over 30 great staff during this time.  We started trends in the area and established ourselves as a leader in the wedding industry. My policy was and still is, be a leader in business not a follower.

So, fast forward 12 years and why the change to this business? Well, while I absolutely loved the floristry business, and it quenched so many thirsts I had, after adding hand crafted designs to my shop, I realised that this was my new love.  And, I won’t lie, it was easier on my legs and hands..  and a whole lot warmer! So when my designs were selling well online and could afford me to move to a studio to work independently, I took the plunge and sold my shop so that I could concentrate on my online business.  What happened to the shop? A fab lady called Kiera is now running it and is doing a fantastic job carrying on the legacy I created, while putting her own creative stamp on it also.  I even stayed with her for a couple of weeks to introduce her to all the lovely regular customers I had, who I still miss now actually.  If you want to take a look, I have left the link below to her facebook page where she regularly interacts.

https://www.facebook.com/AboutFlowersWidnes/

So in short, my retail florist shop had literally become a stepping stone and learning platform for The Sarky Cow to flourish.

I am so excited about this venture I could burst and I know it is where all my experiences in life have been leading towards.. I literally LOVE my job! From designing cards and glasses, to developing new ideas, talking to customers and having a giggle with them is not like work at all.   Actually in the lead up to big days it can be, but even then I love the buzz… and as I have worked a florist shop for Valentines and Mother’s Day for 12 years, literally nothing compares to that, so, I cope.

I will leave you with that lengthy introduction and if you have read this far, I hope you will stick around soon.  I hope you follow the blog (on the right hand side panel) so you will get a quick email when I next write. But if you just want to dip in and out, that is fine too.  Any support is really appreciated.  Hey and tell your friends about us. We all need a leg up now and again.

Until then…

Paula 🙂

p.s. I almost forgot.  If you want to check our designs… links are below.

The Sarky Cow – For naughty designs that we make

The Cheeky Cow – Great collection of really quirky designs.