Nine Months of Motherhood: The Story Behind the Mama Patch

ACS_0125This week marks a whole nine months since I became a mother. 39 weeks of having a beautiful daughter in our lives, filling each day with sunshine. When I look back over those 273 days, it’s easy to just remember the good bits. The sofa snuggles, the smiles first thing in the morning, that little giggle that never fails to lift even the worst of moods. Motherhood is wonderful, but admittedly it can be tough.

As well as the nine-month milestone, this week also marked a significant milestone for my business; the patches from my first Kickstarter were delivered. This post is a little insight into the story behind the patch, and why I’m so proud of them. Continue reading

Mama, You Got This! A Round-up of my Favourite Mama Merch

IMG_1066I recently launched my first Kickstarter campaign, a positive patch for Mamas. I’ve been thinking about launching new products for a while now, but couldn’t quite find the right idea. Then it came to me, a patch that a Mama could buy for herself, or something that someone could give to a new Mum, or someone who just needs a bit of a reassurance that they are doing an amazing job. Pop it a jacket, stick it to a make-up bag, or stash it away in a changing bag, it’s a constant reminder that you’ve always got this.

Since having H, I’ve been so impressed by the amazing products created for Mamas/Mums/Mummies, and I’ve invested in a fair few of them over the past seven months! I wanted to share a round-up of some of my favourite Mama items, all from indies of course! If you’re looking for a present for a new Mum, I’d wholeheartedly recommend buying one of the following. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes: Nursery Tour

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Cot: Ikea, Cloud Sleeping Bag: Mama Designs, Guitar Cushion: Made.com

It feels like this post is well overdue, as I’ve been talking about the Nursery for ages now. It’s very much been a labour of love, and out of all the rooms in our house, this is probably the one which we have put the most thought into.

When I discovered I was pregnant, I tried to avoid looking at anything nursery-related until at least our 12 week scan as I didn’t want to get my hopes up too early. However, when I saw a nursery featured in Homestyle magazine, it was hard to ignore just how perfect it was! As soon as we took that positive test, both myself and Mr Makes decided  that we wouldn’t be finding out whether we were having a girl or boy, so our nursery would need to be gender-neutral (Although admittedly, I think we would have still chosen this route even if we did know!). I showed the article I’d seen to Mr Makes who was in agreement that it was perfect, however we dutifully put the magazine away and waited patiently! Continue reading

Creative Chats: Geo Heaven

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Photo courtesy of Sarah Empson/Geo Heaven

Next up in my series of Creative Chats is Sarah of Geo Heaven, an amazing independent maker that I had the pleasure of meeting at Blogtacular earlier this year. I’ve actually followed Geo Heaven on Instagram for a while, but it’s just not the same as meeting someone in person! Sarah makes the most incredible 3D jewellery as well as some amazing pin badges.

 

So, read on to find out more about Sarah, how she came up with the idea for her business, and how she runs it alongside a full-time job. Continue reading

Creative Chats: Twin Pines Creative

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Image courtesy of Twin Pines Creative

It’s been a while since I posted a Creative Chat, but I can promise you it was worth the wait! In this post I’m chatting to the lovely Cat from Twin Pines Creative. I first met Cat at Blogtacular last year, when I sat next to her and Jo from Hello Sunshine at a writing workshop. I immediately realised how cool Cat was when she loaded a picture to Instagram from that session and I realised that we had been using the exact same pen (it was a fancy Ban.do one, not just any old Bic ballpoint!). We’ve stayed in touch via social media since then and I can always rely on a bright picture from Cat’s Instagram feed to brighten my morning. Continue reading

New Product Launch: My First Range of Prints

IMG_7129Launching new products has been on my to-do list for sometime now. I dipped my toe into the water last year when I worked with Rachel on Create Craft Kits, and whilst I loved working on a collaboration, I’ve been thinking about launching a solo project in the months since.

Earlier this year I started to think about the events I would be attending over the summer. I wanted to be able to take something physical with me, to share with fellow creatives, and even swap for other goodies! I took the plunge and came up with some ideas for prints based on some doodles I had previously shared on Instagram. Continue reading

A Trip to Hello Dodo Land

IMG_6679I’ve blogged time and time again about my love for independent makers and designers. Since first discovering Hello Dodo I’ve been in love with their bright colours and quirky prints. Based in Worthing, they make t-shirts, prints, sweatshirts, and much, much more. One of the reasons I love Hello Dodo so much is that Mr Makes adores their stuff, and so I know I can always find something perfect for him (his last Christmas, Birthday, and even Valentines have featured Hello Dodo in some way).

A few months ago, Hello Dodo announced that for one week only they would be taking over Colonnade House in Worthing and hosting a pop-up shop. An excuse to visit the seaside and buy lots of shiny new things? I was instantly sold, and Mr Makes didn’t need much convincing either. So, on a sunny Saturday morning we set about on a road trip to Worthing to visit one of our favourite creative businesses! Continue reading