Tuesday, 17 July 2018

For All the Stationery Lovers - Friday Feels Paper - Wedding & Event Stationery

Any other stationery lovers out there?!

I certainly am and have been since I was a little girl. I still have so many writing sets and pens and I adore beautiful lettering, cards & prints.

I was really excited to find Rebecca's beautiful business!
Friday Feels Paper is a boutique design studio specialising in bohemian and shabby chic style printables, all of which are stunning.

Enjoy your read,

Becky x

*All images below belong to Friday Feels Paper

Tell us a little bit about yourself

Hello! I'm Rebecca the designer and creator of Friday Feels Paper boutique design studio. My studio is based in the beautiful & wild Wairarapa countryside where I live with my husband and young (very) energetic son. After living abroad for many years we decided it was time to come home as we thought this was the best place for us to raise a family.

I've always been a creative person & my love of stationery started when I was a child. My mum & grandmother would give me these pretty stationery/writing sets for my birthdays & Christmas. My focus at school was always in the arts & I ended up studying design at the prestigious School of Design in Wellington. Over the years I’ve worked as a graphic designer in Wellington, London & Sydney and now I'm super excited to use this experience to grow my own creative business.

Tell us a little bit about Friday Feels Paper

Do you ever get those Friday Feels? That feeling when the weekend is just around the corner and it’s time to let down your hair and party?. That’s the idea behind Friday Feels Paper. Creating fun wedding and event stationery & decor is what I love to do here at Friday Feels Paper.

My designs reflect my love of bohemian, whimsical, rustic and vintage styles. I have a range of printable stationery, signs & wall art on Etsy and I offer a bespoke/custom design service for people who wish to have a one of a kind creation for their wedding or special milestone.

I started out designing as a creative outlet when I was home with my baby boy. Over time I realised that this could be a part time job and I needed something with flexible hours. 

I had another shop on Etsy where I sold art prints but found that printable files were becoming very popular as there is no waiting. You can instantly download your files and print them. This way you can be much more accessible to a worldwide market.

What is your favourite part of running your own business?

I really love helping people create their dream stationery designs. The creative process is time consuming with custom work but nothing beats the feeling at the end when it all comes together and the client is happy. I also love that Friday Feels Paper enables me to be super creative and design the work that I love.

What is your favourite product that you design?

Oh there are so many favourites but if I had to choose it'd be wedding invitation suites. It's fun bringing the design elements into all the different pieces; save the dates, invites, details card, RSVP, menu, program etc. and coming up with a matching full suite is very exciting!

What is one thing you do daily to make your business work?

I always put my lovely customers first. What ever request or question they have I always make sure I respond asap no matter what time of day or night it is. Also I drink coffee. Lots of coffee. 

Where to from here with your business?

I'm super excited to be launching my online shop and blog soon, and I plan to build my range of products including more special themed party invites. I have so many ideas in the works I can't wait to share them with you!


Monday, 16 July 2018

Serial Box - Monthly Subscription Box


'Each monthly box contains a surprise selection of products....its like a day spa in a box!'

Jessie from Serial Box recently got in touch with me and asked me if I would like to review their July subscription box and of course I said yes!

Enjoy having a look inside,

Becky x

Gorgeous Packaging

This box is so well thought through and the products have been selected so carefully for your skin during Winter. 
I was so surprised to find out that the Serial Box subscription boxes are just $39 (which includes shipping) per month, which I feel is amazing value!
They are dispatched on the 10th of every month and you can choose to gift the box to a friend by entering their address into the delivery section!
What a fabulous gift idea!

Take a look inside!!

In the July box, I received:

1 Trilogy Firming Body Lotion
2 Revitalising Coconut Water Foot Pack
3 Palmers Coconut Oil Facial Scrub
4 Bare Naturals Citrus Dream Body Lotion Bar
5 Rude Renew My Lips Lip Exfoliator

Plus a bonus greeting card from The Paperface and some Devonport Chocolate!

I have been loving trying all these products. They are all new to me, so I feel very treated. I especially love the Bare Naturals body lotion bar and the Rude Lip Exfoliator is so nice on dry lips.

The Serial Box is definitely amazing value and how lovely to receive such a beautiful surprise each month when you sign up.

Serial Box - July

To find out more & subscribe, you can visit the Serial Box links below:

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Small Things Decor - Hand Painted Children's Decor

Small Things Decor is FULL of beautiful hand painted wooden decor for children's rooms!
Gemma has such an eye for detail and creates beautiful decor using her customers choices in colour combinations.
I found it so hard to choose which images to share with you, so make sure you visit her Facebook Page to see more!

Enjoy your read,

Becky x

*All images below belong to Small Things Decor

Tell us a little bit about yourself 

My name is Gemma, I'm 31 and a proud full time mother of two - an energetic almost 3 year old boy & a busy 11 month old girl. After growing up in Christchurch, battling through the earthquakes and working in the property management and real estate industry for almost 10 years, I made the move to Timaru to live with my partner and soon after started a family! 

Tell us a little bit about Small Things Decor

I started my business in 2016 when my son was 6 months old. I felt like I needed a hobby for myself so I started making some small home decor items and selling to friends. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to start a Facebook page too see what the public thought of my creations. 

After finding it difficult to buy quality wooden decor for my son's room in the colours that I was after, I realised that this was something I could do myself! The main product I sold at the start was the personalised name blocks which are by far still my most popular product. 

What is your favourite part of running your own business? 

I love bringing my own ideas and also my customers ideas to life! There's nothing more rewarding than receiving lovely feedback about an item that has been purchased from me. 

Being my own boss and having the flexibility to work the hours to suit my family is amazing too. Most of the time I get my work done when my children are fast asleep. 

What is your favourite product that you make? 

I love all of the products I make but especially the personalised name blocks which are made to order for customers. Seeing their colour combination choices and names come together is awesome. I'm also a huge fan of anything pretty!! 

What is one thing you do daily to make your business work? 

I try to post regular updates and photos on social media and keep engagement up with followers as much as possible. I strive to provide great customer service to my customers and create items that I'm proud of. 

Where to from here with Small Things Decor? 

I have recently been part of my first expo day and looking at attending a lot more public events over upcoming months. 

I'm planning to launch a new website and possibly a little side venture catering to general home decor & gifts (you've heard it here first!) 

To View More & Purchase Please Visit

Instagram: @smallthingsdecor 

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Luxi Buff - Artisan Soap & Natural Body Products

'Luxi Buff is all about natural, preservative free, good for you soaps and beauty products made from organic and palm free oils, butters and essential oils ensuring its also good for our world.'

Gina from Luxi Buff handcrafts all of her products in her Christchurch studio. She has a beautiful range of artisan soaps, whipped body lotions, lotion bars, lotion balms, face products, hair & body products, baby products and also gift boxes!

I adore Luxi Buff's Watermelon Crush Soap and when Gina approached me to work with her, I was so excited to try it out! She also kindly sent me an all natural Daily Facial Balm from her range. 

Enjoy reading about what I think! 

Becky x 

Luxi Buff

Watermelon Crush Cold Processed Soap

This soap is amazing! I love love LOVE the colour and the scent is beautiful. All of my kids love watermelon and we eat a lot of it in the Summer, so this soap immediately takes me to hot Summer days playing with the kids with watermelon from the fridge to cool us off.
The poppy seeds in the soap act well as a gentle exfoliator for your skin. It lathers up really nicely and leaves your skin so fresh and clean.

Daily Facial Balm

This Facial Balm is stunning. I have been using it for a week now and I put it on after I have showered, toned and moisterised my face.  It sinks into your skin beautifully, you can almost see it absorbing before your eyes. 
Rose Geranium with hints of Rosemary & Bergamont Essential Oils have been used in this product and the scent is so delicate and gorgeous.
You only need a tiny bit of this balm and I can see it lasting so well!

Daily Facial Balm 30g is $16.50


Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Social Media, Find Your Voice - Julie, Enshantia Designs

Starting out on social media can be so overwhelming. When I first started using Facebook for Enshantia Designs I couldn’t think of any words to accompany the images of my artwork. My mind literally went blank and I felt lost and “digitally mute”. Is that even a thing? It is now ;) Ok my mind wasn’t completely blank, it was filled with self-doubt. Will anyone want to read this? Will this grab attention? What should I be saying? What shouldn’t I be saying?

When I finally did think of words, (usually after agonising and overthinking for hours), I would press enter then anxiously look at Facebook insights to see if my post got good engagement. If I was a finger nail chewer back then I would have had none left!

The constant overthinking then checking insights meant that I wasn’t enjoying sharing my art on social media at all! So after a very long time of doing this, (well over a year… crazy huh?), I took a complete break from Facebook.

Cue self-reflection time! After a lot of thinking… I realised fear was my issue, I was scared of not being good enough in the great big intimidating world that is social media. Because of this fear my posts were not a reflection of me as Julie the artist, the real me. I decided on the spot I would focus on being my authentic self. Images of my art, my joy and my passion in life deserved to be accompanied by words from the real artist behind Enshantia Designs, me! So I made the jump to be more authentic, (not literally, because exercise is not my jam :p ).

How did I do it?

1. I got rid of all expectations of myself by no longer comparing myself to bigger more successful social media accounts.

2. I relaxed and decided that if I really wanted to connect with my audience I needed to be myself. So I started to word my posts as if I was talking to a close friend. Although admittedly I talk a lot in real life, so I keep my posts short because let’s be honest here, waffle isn’t great when newsfeed space is so limited. Who really likes clicking “see more”?

3. I realised social media is “Social” and if I wanted to make real connections I needed to be me with my humour, my silliness and my blunt honesty. All the attributes my friends value in me. 

Guess what? It worked! I have so many people on my Facebook page that I have connected with on a real level. I hate using the word ‘fans’ for page likers because my audience are people just like me. I call my page likers “My Lovelies” because connecting with people through my artwork on social media truly is lovely for me as an artist! I have made real friends on Facebook and treasure the connections and engagement I have. I also applied this new way of thinking when I started my Instagram account and I’m happy to say I have made so many amazing connections with other IG accounts.

I hope the story of my social media journey and how I found my voice helps someone reading this. Take home message: be yourself, be authentic and people will respond. Emoji’s help especially on Instagram. Poke your tongue out if you need to and don’t be scared to wink. If you’re having a bad day, use a grumpy emoji, people will relate. There is room in social media for your voice, it is your asset and your point of difference. You too can find your voice!

*disclaimer, I am not a social media guru. I am an artist who found her online voice ;)

Julie x

Julie is such a talented NZ artist. 
Find out more about her business Enshantia Designs here:


Thursday, 21 June 2018

Lip Balm Review - Yes Organics

'Handcrafted and yummy, Yes Organics Lip Balms are packed with premium oils and butters, they nourish, moisturise and rejuvenate lips beautifully and naturally. Carefully selected, each very ingredient has a purpose to create a tube of goodness that oh so really works!

Proudly made in New Zealand with love and care, Yes Organics is all about cruelty free, 100% natural and organic lip balms with no preservatives.

We use premium, fair trade, 100% natural, ethically sourced, cruelty free and certified organic (where possible) ingredients.' 

Preeti from Yes Organics so kindly sent me three of her Lip Balms to photograph and try. 

I love them!

Styling & Photos by FOCUS by Becky x

I was given a Chocolicious, Lemonade and Tropical Temptation lip balm.
They all smell gorgeous, moisterise beautifully and are lovely on. 
I love how their scents are exactly what you would expect and they definitely fit their names. 

If you are interested in what it is that you are putting on your lips, then Yes Organics is a wonderful site for you to read. Each of their Lip Balms have information about what is in them and the benefits of each ingredient. I find this particularly interesting and learnt a LOT from reading their site. I love how they are made with organic ingredients and are 100% natural. 

Well, what can I say, if you love chocolate, you are going to love this! It smells exactly like chocolate.


I love this one. The scent of the lemon and lime is so fresh.


This one is definitely for the lovers of coconut. It is so yummy!

Tropical Temptation

Each of the Yes Organics Lip Balms are $12.99 with a limited time offer of free shipping in NZ.

The other flavours are:

+ Citrus Splash (Orange & Tangerine)
+ Mint As (Peppermint)
+ Liquoricious (Liquorice)
+ Chocomint (Cocoa & Peppermint)

I completely recommend this beautiful NZ business!
Here are some further details:


Monday, 18 June 2018

The Paper Gazelle

With a background in fine arts and graphic design, Jay's new business The Paper Gazelle is definitely one you will love!
You will find beautiful fine illustrations, hand lettering, art prints, wooden wall plaques, signage, stationery and also styling and design services.

I have watched Jay's hand lettering videos on Instagram and I am fixed. I could watch them for hours! Her lettering is stunning.

With the excitement of her new website launch, you can make the most of


Enjoy this beautiful find,
Becky x

Tell us a little bit about yourself 

I’m currently a stay at home mum who loves all aspects of designing, creating and styling. My background was originally in graphic design and visual styling in interiors, however for the last 10 years I’ve been working in a corporate environment until I left to go on maternity leave. 

I love neutral colours, grey and stripes on everything, travelling overseas, trying new restaurants and re-watching 90s chick flicks over and over again. 

'Welcome To Our Home' Plaque

Tell us a little bit about The Paper Gazelle

I started an Instagram account at the beginning of this year to document and share some of my projects. This account was really to motivate myself to be more consistent with finishing projects but also to connect with other likeminded creatives. 

Through making, illustrating and lettering again, I found that I really missed and still loved being creative. After a few lovely messages from people to make some custom orders, I decided to start a business in April. 

'Say Yes to New Adventures' Art Print

How did you name The Paper Gazelle? 

I found a pair of brass Mr & Mrs Gazelles in an amazing antique shop in Blenheim while on a trip to celebrate my 30th birthday that my sister and family had planned for me. They are amongst my most prized possessions for sentimental reasons from our trip but I also love them because they are such elegant and beautiful animals. After playing around with quite a few different options with the word gazelle, I settled on The Paper Gazelle. 

Floral Letter Plaque

What is your favourite part of running your own business? 

So far it has been getting back into designing and making across so many mediums. I love that no two days are the same and keeps me busy. I also love the flexibility it has given me to be able to spend the days with my son who is growing up so quickly, and then be able to work at nights. 


What is one thing you do daily to make your business work? 

Have a LOT of coffee!! J Make lists on pretty stationary, my day planner and neutral coloured post-its!! On most days, I find breaking projects down into small tasks help me fit in one or two things in before my son wakes up from his nap! 

Plywood Signage

Where to from here with your business? 

At the moment, the big milestone for me has been launching my website TODAY! I have designed and built it myself and I can’t wait to see some orders come through!

'Foliage ABC' Print

Instagram: @thepapergazelle 
Pinterest: The Paper Gazelle