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10 years!

You don’t see the years pass as you get on with every day life and running your business the best you can around that every day life, and then boom it suddenly dawns on you, it has been 10 years since you set up your little business!! Wow!


10 years ago we were living in Devon, happily married for 4 years with a son aged 2 and a new baby daughter. Juggling all that entails I decided to set up my little Wedding and Event business La Luna Floral Design to work around the children, and that it did. The business took off so quickly, it was amazing and as nerve wrecking and challenging as it was at times, I loved every second of it!


We moved to Devon in 2003, leaving behind most of our family in Hampshire, I have to be honest I found it hard to begin with, I had never lived that far away from them before, for the first 2 years every time we came back to visit I would cry all the way home! I know I'm a big sop!


But we loved it there, it was an adventure of our own and we built a life there for ourselves. After a few years we decided we wanted to live more in the countryside so put our house on the market to buy something more rural. But we didn’t find anything straight away so we had to rent for 6 months, and it was then that I felt free to do whatever we liked, and I decided I wanted to move back to Hampshire!! We had loved living in Devon and made some amazing friends for life, but not having family for support was always hard, so we took the plunge and moved back to Hampshire along with my business!


We moved to Oakley near Basingstoke in March 2012, hubby found a new job easily enough in his trade, Archie was half way though reception year at Infant School and settled really well in his new school and Lola loved her new pre school. Phew!


Thing is we bought a wreck of a house (internally) which took a huge amount of time and money to restore, but restore it we did, mostly by my amazingly clever hubby, which meant that establishing La Luna in Hampshire took a lot longer, it was harder too!


But roll on to 2019 and here we are, so what a better way to celebrate my 10 years in business than to have a whole new re brand and a brand new website!! Exciting!!


I had never had a professionally made logo for my business before, but I wanted to enlist the help of a professional this time. Being a one man band and owner of a small business, one of the struggles is having to do everything yourself like admin, marketing, advertising, social media etc.. so I felt very grown up and excited to work with the amazing Lou from Eley Designs to help develop my new brand and logo. I like to use local small firms where possible and Lou is in the same village as me and also a friend, so it was an easy choice. The whole process was amazing and how it evolved over the last few months has blown me away… Lou has made me look at my business in a different light to how I did before, made me believe in myself and my abilities more and find that drive and enthusiasm that at times has waned over the years as you try and make the business a success! My whole new brand says everything about me, its me in a logo for sure and that’s what Lou has been able to capture, I cant recommend her highly enough!


So obviously I had to have a shiny new website to go with my whole new brand, and again I have found in another fabulous friend from the village a website designer in the making! Laura Thomas from Laura Thomas Designs. Laura is in the first stages of her fledgling business of website design and hopefully I haven’t scared her off, my brief was quite simple I hope, to fill it with beautiful flowers, colours and of course my beautiful new logo. And I am thrilled with the result!


And a Blog post is another new thing for me, I have to say I always thought I would find it hard, but I have loved writing this blog and it will definitely be a regular thing for me, so keep watching for the next one!!!!


A big thank you to Lou and Laura for the whole experience and to my customers past and present as without you none of this would be possible!


Until next time, thanks for reading.

Claire xx

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