Change of Business Name and Monthly Update

August came and went and September is now pretty much over too. This year has been a blur, but also quite productive. I have a tendency to take on too much and spread myself too thin, meaning I don’t always give things the attention they deserve. In August, I made the decision to make printing my main focus and I’m so glad I did. I’m looking forward to spending even more time on my business over the coming months.

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Change of Name

One of the big things that happened this month was the change of name to my business. After much deliberating over many, many months, I finally went ahead and changed my name from The Last Twinkie to The Barefoot Printer. If you follow along on Twitter and Instagram, you’ll have seen the announcement a few days ago. I’ve never really been comfortable with the name The Last Twinkie, as it  wasn’t even slightly related to the hand-printed products I make and it didn’t explain anything about my business whatsoever. Back in 2013, I needed a name that wasn’t already taken on Etsy – which is a task in itself. I also wanted a name that people would remember, and at the time, I thought it was a little bit quirky. For anyone who has seen the film Zombieland, you’ll be familiar with the fact that Woody Harrelson was on a quest to find the last Twinkie – hence where the name came from. Although, admittedly, most people stare at me blankly when I tell this story because they’ve never seen the film! I was drawn to The Barefoot Printer as the title gives a little bit more away about the products in my shop and also how I like to print: barefoot! I can’t remember when it happened, but one day I had the realisation about my printing preference and from that day on I couldn’t get the name out of my head. It took me a while to change it, but as the saying goes, better late than never. Once I’d made up my mind it happened pretty fast as I wanted to nab the name on Etsy before anyone else did. I’m still sorting out my branding/business cards etc. so I thank you all for your patience and support as I go through this transition.

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Other Barefoot News

September is the month I start my Christmas printing and I feel bad for putting the C word out there, but there’s nothing like running a handmade business to make you aware of the upcoming seasons! As I’m printing Christmas stock, I keep pondering at what point it becomes acceptable to crack out the Christmas tunes?

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I was a little sad the wedding stationery I wanted to launch has been postponed, but unfortunately, my timing was a little off. And now that Christmas is approaching, designing a new product line before the end of the year just isn’t possible.

I have a special edition ‘All You Need Is Love’ print now available over in my Etsy shop, which I may or may not have forgotten to add a few weeks ago. #epicfail Using a mix of red and black ink, it’s printed onto 320gsm 100% recycled cotton rag paper. I love the distressed look that printing onto this paper creates.

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Other Non-Barefoot News

Who knew the whole buying/selling a house process could be so stressful and time-consuming? I didn’t think it would be a Sunday afternoon stroll, but I didn’t think it would take up as much time as it has done either. After a slight hiccup in the chain, our house has now sold again but we haven’t found anywhere to buy yet. We’ve just had an offer declined on a property, after a very confusing couple of weeks where we had to keep asking the question, ‘so is it for sale or is it not for sale?’. I felt the company selling the property were just messing people around. We have a second viewing on a property tomorrow and also a first viewing on another property. Please keep your fingers, toes and anything else crossed that may help!

I hope you’ve all had a good September and I look forward to catching up with you all again soon.

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