Yes, I just quoted one of my favourite bands…Tesla.
We started something new over here at Moose Valley Designs…and that my friends are SIGNS!! We do custom signs, specialty signs and of course signs for all season of the year.
How did we start making signs you ask, well in one simple word INSTAGRAM! My name is Nadine and I am an Instagram (IG) addict…there I’ve admitted it! But in all seriousness, I wouldn’t have started this sign making part of our small biz if it wasn’t for the fact that I started following and seeing all of these signs and sign makers.
When I see something home decor on IG that I absolutely love, I don’t think to myself, “oh where is their small shop, is it in Canada or the US, I need to order that!” NO, I think to myself “I can make that”. And so I did! I started to tell my husband about how I wanted to make these signs, he didn’t quite get what I was explaining to him until I showed him first hand and now he’s hooked. He loves how we spend time together in the workshop making these signs, he loves helping me be creative and he just loves me so he helps me make this work.
Let me add I didn’t just see a couple of signs and start making them, I contacted a few sign makers who I knew weren’t too worried about sharing tips and tricks with me, as a lot know that the Canadian dollar sucks at best, and shipping and duty are a pain… so their buyers are most times NOT Canadian. There was a Canadian sign maker in Winnipeg I think she was, who I contacted and simply asked what computer program she was using for her machine and she blocked me…how rude! That’s one thing I like about most of the ladies on IG they bring each other up instead of knocking each other down, but there is always someone out there that is willing to do anything to stay on top, even if that means blocking a sign maker 800 kms away from knowing any tips or tricks. I hope her business does very well.
Along with pickin the brains of sign makers in Michigan and Arizona to name a few, I watched a many YouTube videos, and when I say many I mean like dozens and dozens. Anything I could find that showed someone doing it just for their own home or doing it in small production as a small business venture, I watched it, more than once. Quite a few things I figured out on my own and somethings I’m still trying to figure out. (There is one sign maker in Arizona who does amazing work and makes over 100-200 signs a week and for the life of me I don’t know how she’s doing it so quickly? How does she get her paint to dry so fast, and how many people does she have working for her which she really doesn’t show) I’ll figure it out but for now the pace we are working now is just fine.
We prepped a lot of signs for a really really small craft show at a public school and of course that day was one of our biggest snowstorms of the winter. So not a lot of people came although I did get some orders and got my name out there, it wasn’t a big affair. Next year we will have a table/booth at the big craft shows around Christmas…and we’ll be just as prepared!!
Let me add we aren’t the only sign makers in town, but I’d like to think that no others quite look like ours. So if you are interested in a sign let us know!! You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org * processing time is 2-3 weeks.
And to all of those friends, family and people who just happen to stumble upon our Facebook page or Instagram page, THANK YOU…we appreciate every kind word and comment made and orders…we really appreciate you wanting one of our signs as a gift or a piece of decor in your home.