Wednesday, March 31, 2010

P-A-R-T-Y, because I've got to!

We are planning a party.  Oooh, excitement is in the air.  It will be to celebrate the fact that we have seven whole issues out there.  And to thank the contributors who have put in so much time, effort, love and support to get us here.  First things first.... commit to a date, and send invitations.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

To market, to market...

Lots has been going on in Thaw HQ lately, so haven't been doing a good job of keeping the blog updated, sorry.

We have had the place painted, fences ripped down, and rebuilt in much prettier fashion.  We have been on a little holiday down the beach, and now I'm preparing to meet with our new marketing gal, Conchi.  I am very excited about sitting down with her and talking about the future of Thaw.  She is joining the Thaw team to focus on all of our advertising sales, and getting our little mag into lots more stockists.  The more magazines we have in shops around Victoria, the more people will pick up a copy and read it - at least that's the plan.  She is excited to be coming on board too, so can't wait to sit down with her this weekend.  Might have to enjoy a couple of wines with her too.  It can't be all business ;-)

I met with the talented Matt Turner last week. He is also joining the Thaw team, to do the layout and design for us.  Can't wait to see how our next issue looks.  He has done lots of bits and pieces for us over the past six months, but has now committed to do much more, so it's exciting to have him on board too.

If you think you know of some shops or cafe's in your neck of the woods that you think would be a great place to stock Thaw, please drop me a line.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Blog roll

I just added a list of blogs that are by people found in our neck of the woods.  Please check them out.  There are some very creative, clever and interesting people in our area.  And please let me know if you know of any that I should add to the list!


Facelift and sickies

Thaw headquarters (otherwise known as our home) has been getting a facelift this week.  Although we have some people doing the work for us, it has thrown the household into a little bit of chaos.  But it has come up so nicely.  It looks so fresh and lovely now.  We changed the whole colour of the place, so it looks like a different house from the outside.

There are sickies in the house too, which means there is no time for working, just a lot of cuddles on the couch. 

I am meeting with our new Graphic Designer this afternoon.  More on this tomorrow....


Friday, March 12, 2010

Stuff gets in the way

Well I made it to the market, and had a great time there.  What a great atmosphere, with all the Chillout festival-goers coming by for a look.  Lots of people were introduced to Thaw, and it was nice to get some really positive feedback from others.  A lot of people from Melbourne were surprised to see something like our mag being produced in Ballarat.  It was nice to show them that there is so much more to the area than they realised.

I didn't make it to the Roller Derby which I, and my four-year-old, were disappointed about, as we were really looking forward to it. Tia was just too tired after a day hanging out with Pa, and having no naps at all. I had to spend the night making it up to Helena with a "princess" movie, and popcorn.  Turned out to be a lovely day though, despite all the rain and hail.

Loved the stuff at the St Mel stall
It's amazing what this gal can do with a button or two... Manca Un Buttone
Was nice to catch up with the clever and fun Darren - the Clunes Strangler
And listening to the awesome Geoffrey was just another added bonus 

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Correct punctuation

I just love this, and had to share.

Chill Out

I am going to be at the Daylesford Makers Market this Saturday, and I'm really looking forward to it.  The last time I was there I had a stall, as I will this time, and the atmosphere was fantastic.  There were so many lovely things to see, and buy, and so many awesome creative people to talk to.  If you are anywhere near Daylesford this weekend come on by, and please come and say hello.  

After that I am heading down to the Roller Derby bout in Daylesford.  Can't wait to see the girls in action. There is so much going on, because of the ChillOut festival that's on in Daylesford and Hepburn this weekend, check out the website for details.

Photo from The Advocate

Monday, March 1, 2010

Deliveries begin

Oh my, what a week.  I feel like I have done nothing but make badges.  Who's idea was this badge thing?  Oh that's right.  Never mind. Scratch that. This week we have been madly making badges, and attaching them to the mags in preparation for deliveries today - the first day of Autumn! 

I have to say that I didn't really think about how difficult it would be to secure the badges to the mags. I tried glue, which worked for posting the subscriber copies, but didn't work for long, when they were put in a stand, upright.  We considered pinning them onto the cover, but then we didn't really want to wreck the cover, so Ro came up with the brilliant idea to tie them on with string.  The only problem was that it takes FOREVER! Thankfully, with the help of lovely friends Steph and Louisa, we managed to get them done in time.

We have now increased the price to $5 an issue, and I am hoping that this isn't going to be a problem for our regular readers.  I have been a bit nervous doing deliveries. It's been interesting to hear other peoples perspectives.  Thankfully all the comments were very positive, like "it was really cheap before, so I don't think it will be a problem". 

I have to get back to my deliveries for now. Would love to hear from you. Leave me a message.
Kim x

One of my helpers at work.