Missie Cindz Notebooks
30 August 2012
This week I cheered the arrival of my own branded notebooks to my online take away and in lovely independent Sheffield shops and cafes. The past couple of months have been hectic, super busy but all at the same time, a very exciting journey. Along the way I have met a range of interesting people from paper and print suppliers; through to meeting a number of lovely Sheffield shops who would complement my stationery range and vice versa, that I would ‘fit‘ with their services and customers. I have had to self-teach myself the art of budgeting and working with large figures (something I’m not used to) but I’ve felt really grown up. So to cut a large paragraph short; I have achieved a bundle of additional life goals by doing these new notebooks.
Last weekend some of you would had saw me tweeting about my first notebook’s delivery run to Endcliffe Park Cafe, The Old Sweet Shop and the Rutland Arms. A big thank you to Keri Rowsell (aka @lilmisshungry on twitter) for accompanying me on the delivery run; carrying heavy boxes full of books wasn’t going to be an easy task so it was fantastic to have Keri’s help for the afternoon.
I hope Keri found the experience interesting and it was nice to introduce her to Endcliffe Park Cafe and Emma from The Old Sweet Shop. I thought it would be interesting for Keri to see and find out what I do and to share a part of my food adventures with her – it’s important to me to show you what I get up to and do (to see the whole planning and crafting of a creative project), and not to just show you the final ‘polished’ books. That’s why throughout this notebook’s project I have tweeted, instagram’d and Facebook’d almost every stage of my paper-licious project.
Doing new things my way was and still is difficult; however, difficulty is good!
Doing things which benefits other people rather than just us (me) and that is also undertaken differently works parts of your brain that you never knew existed, creating challenges which pushes us (me) to discover new things. I like to see it a bit like this analogy I’ve conjured up; – you see, who wants to eat dull, processed chicken nuggets that you bake in your oven according to the instructions on the box when you know you can teach yourself to make delicious homemade pie that would impress the socks off your nan who is a pie-champion? Your nan’s pie might be more difficult to beat but that homemade pastry and seeing nan smiling from cheek to cheek, saying in her mind, our ‘Joe*‘ made that (*insert your name) will feel better than scoffing processed chicken nuggets. Just seeing that smile on our nan and watching her scoff her way through a hearty ‘my-made‘ pie is sure to be a winner and more memorable. So go on, impress nana with a “special” treat worth coming out for.
Getting ready for an EPIC Adventure…
Earlier this month, I introduced you to Endcliffe Park Café. Since the visit to their coffee shop in the park, I have been back and forth, preparing one of the most exciting and fun Missie Cindz collaborations to date. It is a great privilege to be able to have meet people like Ashley Charlesworth (who runs the Café), and you can tell from the photos above we had a jolly good time debating how my Missie Cindz stationery display would look too!
Ashley is someone who continue to inspire and aspire – he has supported many worthwhile events in the local community in recent years; from organising community events through to supporting his customer’s on their charitable causes. Such as supporting blind runner, Simon Wheatcroft’s Marathon Sandwich which helped to raise awareness about visual impairment and raise funds for the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind (SRSB) in June 2012 and ‘Rounders In The Park‘ for Macmillan Cancer Support. So I am really pleased to say that we’ll be collaborating on some deliciously EPIC-looking T-shirts ready to be served at next month’s Sheffield Food Festival (14th-16th September). Be sure to visit their stall during the food festival and find a triathlon of delicious locally-made treats! Big thanks to the Endcliffe Park Cafe for making my Missie Cindz notebooks that much more delicious (pun intended).
Lovely Sheffield stockists of my new notebooks include:
- The Old Sweet Shop
1 Nether Edge Road, Sheffield, S7 1RU (which is at the crossroads of Nether Edge, opposite Oxfam)
- Endcliffe Park Cafe (Endcliffe Park)
Rustlings Road, Sheffield S11 7AB
- The home of my PudInn events, the Rutland Arms
86 Brown St, Sheffield S1 2BS
If you are ever in Sheffield make sure to drop into our lovely stockists and say hello to Emma, Ashley and Andy or Josh. I can’t wait to see what you all think of the notebooks and look forward to see/meeting some of you checking out my new papers and for Sheffield Food Festival 2012 — Missie Cindz :)