Thursday, 4 April 2019

Becky B Website LIVE!

So very excited to announce my website for my new Botanical Inspired Earrings is now LIVE! 

Thank you to all those who have supported me x

Thursday, 14 March 2019

My Top 10 Earring Finds

HUGE jewellery fan here and with the amazing amount of fun and different earrings available, I decided to pick My Top 10! 

All of these are available from small NZ businesses, many of them handmade.

 If you click on any of the images below, the link will take you straight to where you can purchase them :)

Remember when you shop small you are supporting a dream!
Exciting news from me too.....I have started creating again and have begun making my own range of can have a look at what I have been busy working on below,
Becky B x

Monday, 4 February 2019

Picnic Table Covers from Mud Mates - The BEST Picnic Product!

Most of you will know that we have just been on a family camping trip to Kaiteriteri Beach.
It was A M A Z I N G. 

Just before we left Alana from Mud Mates contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in receiving and writing a review on her latest product, her Picnic Table Covers.
Perfect timing as we were just heading away and would be picnicking a lot, so Alana sent one to our camping ground for us to try out.

This product is A W E S O M E. We picnic as a family a lot. Most weekends my husband packs us up a picnic and we head out to explore. To be honest, we have in the past avoided using picnic tables and have opted to sit on our picnic rug because who really likes eating while looking at bird poo?!

B U T now......

Picnic time for us at Little Kaiteriteri Beach

We have a cover! And I know it is a clean surface for my family to eat from :)

I am completely impressed with this product. It is made of thick very good quality nylon which washes up so well. It bunches down small and fits easily in your picnic basket. 

We used it everyday while camping. We used it at our camp site on a market sized table and just took it with us when we were out for the day picnicking. I tap rinsed it each day while we camped which worked fine and then machine washed it once we got home. It is so sturdy and will last us for years of picnics and camping to come.

Our camp site. The cover fits nicely over our large camp table!

The F A C T S

The Mud Mates Picnic Table Covers measure 180cm x 80cm and will fit most standard picnic and BBQ tables around New Zealand.

They are made from a durable 100% nylon parka fabric and quality elastic.

They are water-resistant.

Easy to clean & machine washable.

Ideal for picnics at the park, playground or beach and great for camping.

They have an elasticated finish which prevents them from flying away in the wind.

Colours Available: Navy, Red & Royal Blue

Price: $42 (plus shipping)


Alana has been so kind to give me a code for you to use!

Use code PICNICBECKY before midnight Sunday 10th February to get a Picnic Table Cover for $36 (plus shipping)

Thanks Alana for such an awesome offer!

Do pop over to the Mud Mates Facebook page ...Alana has a giveaway starting!

Friday, 1 February 2019

Happy New Year From Becky x

Happy 2019 to you all!

I hope you had a great break over Christmas and New Years and have come back refreshed and full of ideas to grow your businesses this year.

My family and I escaped for a week of camping to Kaiteriteri. It was so very relaxing and so good to be beside the water. I love how camping MAKES you slow down. Every thing you do at home within a minute becomes a more thought through and timely action when camping. You need to go to the toilet, so you walk 100m to the toilet and back again. Need something from the fridge? Off for a wander again. I guess in our 'normal' home routines in life, we cram so much into a minute and those minutes become hours and days of crazyness. 

I am inspired and will be aiming to slow my days down this year and try to maintain focus on tasks one at a time when possible.

This year, I want to continue to support small NZ businesses in sharing great finds, reviewing products, photographing products and continuing with our huge directory making it easy to find beautiful products in one space!

Feel free to email me if you are keen to work together,

Becky x

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Stunning Minimalist Initial Prints

L O V E  A T  F I R S T  S I G H T  N Z

With a very huge thank you to Alisha from Love at First Sight NZ, I was gifted these beautiful initial prints for ALL of my 4 children!! 
They are A3 and absolutely stunning. I adore the minimalist style of them. They include your child's initial, their date of birth, time of birth and weight. 

*video & photos by @focusbybecky

You can choose to either order your print framed or unframed.

​FRAMED: $30

Initial Print

Here they are hanging in our home. Thank you Alisha, we love them! 

To find out more you can pop over to the links below x

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Why should you #shopsmall this Christmas? - Abi Copley, Scribed by Abi

Why should you #shopsmall this Christmas? 

I’ve been waiting to craft this piece until after I visited my first Christmas market of the year. I wanted to see if what I thought about shopping small, shopping local, was true. 

For a long time, I've had the intention of moving away from the ‘Big’ shops at Christmas. Until now, being on the other side of the world to my family, I’ve been guilty of using the postage and time excuse! 

So there we were, my friend and I with our kids in tow as we set out yesterday morning on our #shopsmall adventure. I was not disappointed. Everything I presumed when I began to map out this article was easy to see as we wandered and marveled from stall to stall. you a first-timer or a seasoned small shopper, here are my top five reasons to #shopsmall this festive season. 

1/Thriving Community-
The first thing to hit me was the wave of noise and excitable energy in the room. Some had come with friends, others had made it a family affair, and some were enjoying the experience alone. The one thing we all shared? The joy of celebrating and reveling in the, albeit temporary, community feel. 

I can’t say I’ve ever had that feeling racing around department stores or battling the hoards in the mall! It isn’t just, ‘In Real Life’ as they say, where this sense of community warms our hearts and gets the festive feeling flowing. When I joined Liked by Becky, I hadn’t just discovered a brilliant guide to shopping small. but happily stumbled into a thriving digital community. Markets are now a regular feature online. The ease of sites like this one you’re on right now means you can indulge in that festive shop small community from the comfort of your sofa; eggnog in hand. 

2/“When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance.”
I’ve seen this quote a lot lately, and it is so true! Every time someone asks me to write a piece, no matter how big or small, it makes my heart soar. It was the same in my previous life with MammaKnows. Anytime an order was placed, it meant so much more to me than it would to any CEO of a giant High Street store. 

Sales and figures are not just numbers to us small business owners. They are a reflection of our hopes and dreams. They are validation that the brave steps we took to launch ourselves from the ground were the right ones. 

Anytime you click ‘add to basket’, you are paying it forward. Not only do you get a gorgeous gift, a service that will make your life easier or a special treat for yourself. You are supporting another person or family. Maybe your sale was the first one that person had wished for; the one for which confirmation for is printed out and hung with pride on the office wall. Each time I've bought from a business through this directory. I've received a beautiful thank you, and every purchase yesterday was met with a beaming smile. This isn’t just fake flattery to get you to return. It’s raw, honest gratitude. 

3/Global footprint
Last year, Kiwis spent $6 billion in card transactions in December alone (NZ Herald). That averaged out, according to, at 178 transactions per second! That is an unimaginable amount of money in a time frame that makes my head spin. We are all becoming more aware of our Global Footprint when it comes to food, travel and the content of our goods. However, how much do we really consider the effect of Christmas shopping on our resources and poor old Mother Earth? 

The enormous amount of plastic that we order from goodness knows where comes in a laughable amount of packaging! It's already travelled more miles than we could count before it comes to rest under our trees. When you shop small, you become truly accountable for the impact that your festive buying makes. You can talk to the creator and learn about the provenance of their items. More importantly, often these owners are making ethically conscious choices that can only be of benefit to our rapidly depleting resources. 

4/Discovering Creativity
Now we are engaging with each other on issues such as our footprints and making ethical choices, we are seeing an inspiring diversity in what’s being created. The rise in organic fabrics or reusable items has shed new light on products that would once have been passed over as gifts. 

However, it isn’t just new items that are coming through the #shopsmall movement. I come across so many spins on the old favourites that the choice is like nothing before. The creative talent I see in the online small business community and at markets is stunning. By shopping small, you are actively fostering these discoveries and helping to create the space for other fledging ideas to take shape. 

5/Bringing back the essence of Christmas
Reason number five is a bit of a squish of all the points above with a little bit of extra festive love thrown in for good measure! 

Christmas is a crazy time of year, and it seems to be becoming more extreme year on year. Alongside writing I teach in a Primary School. Santa lists are a hot topic from October, with more and more extravagant things asked for. I also hear in the new term that the once longed for toys are now broken or lying unused in the bedroom. It’s not hard to find a harried, frantic parent in the mall. You have to ask yourself, 'what’s it all for?' 

What is Christmas really all about? 

Is it about buying the most expensive gift or having the largest pile under the tree? Don’t get me wrong, I love gift giving and I love receiving. For people like me, it’s my Love Language apparently, and that’s not going to change. In saying that, a well-chosen gift with a personal touch means more to me than anything grabbed off a department shelf store. 

That’s what you get when you shop small. 

You find those unique pieces. You find gifts with a story behind them, the people behind them. Christmas shopping, as I said, becomes about the whole festive experience; not simply something to endure on a crazy Saturday. 

Whether you browse a boutique online or make your way to a market, you are making a step towards bringing Christmas back to what it’s all about; people, community, family. 

So there you have it. My five reasons to #shopsmall this Christmas. 
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a mince pie and the hundredth rewatch of ‘Elf’ coming on! 

Before you do, head over to the Directory page here at Liked by Becky and see what gems you uncover for your loved ones. 

Merry Christmas! 

Abi x

Scribed by Abi
Instagram @scribedbyabi

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Paper Heart Design - Beautiful Hand Lettering

I took a Calligraphy night course while I was in High School and I remember spending hours on perfecting my letters. So when I find someone like Nicky from Paper Heart Design, I can see how much time and practice she must have put in to get her hand lettering like this!!

I was lucky enough to be sent two of her prints and they are just perfect! All of Nicky's prints are drawn by hand, then scanned and digitised. They are printed on 250gsm card and are $20.

You can see a couple of photos below of the ones I was sent. I LOVE them!

Enjoy your read,
Becky x

Tell us a little bit about Paper Heart Design

I’m a Graphic Designer by trade. I have a Bachelor of Design degree specialising in Visual Communication from Ara In Christchurch. I’ve always loved typography and my eye was always drawn to artworks where words were the dominant feature. I’d long admired hand lettered art and calligraphy so a few years ago I decided to give it a whirl. I brought some brush pens and got hooked. 
When I became pregnant with my son (now 5 months old) I started to design my milestone books and cards as there were no NZ made products that I loved. They were all too cutesey, or cluttered, or just badly designed! 

Paper Heart Design Baby Milestone Cards

What is your favourite part of running your own business?

I can choose what I want to do, so only work on things I love. This makes a huge difference in creativity. I also love getting custom commissions and seeing and hearing my customers reactions to my work.

Photo by Focus by Becky - Paper Heart Design Hand Lettered Print

What is your favourite product that you design?

My milestone books! 
I take great pleasure in filling mine out each month. I have got a milestone book at the printers for ages one to five, and am working on a school years one now.

Paper Heart Design Baby Milestone Book

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

Write a to do list!! 

Photo by Focus by Becky

Where to from here with Paper Heart Design?

I want to keep expanding my range and ideally get my books, cards and prints into more shops.

Paper Heart Design Hand Lettered Print

How can we find out more?


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