Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Michael & Maisie


With Diana's outstanding eye for choosing gorgeous fabric combinations and her ability to sew beautifully, she has created Michael and Maisie, a home business you must check out!

Let's chat with Diana as she shares some more

I'm a mum of two crazy monkeys and wife to a mad keen pig hunter! I work part-time aswell as a chef which is full on but great to get out of the house. I definitely get my love of fabric and sewing from my very clever mum, she is always busy with projects on the go, and she is always on hand to give me any help I need.
Like alot of other creative people out there I started out making things for gifts for others and Michael and Maisie started from there. I attended my first market as a stall holder, and started up my facebook page in early July 2011. I have become very interested in finding funky and unique fabric to make into my creations.
After playing around with lots ideas for business names, I decided on Michael & Maisie as it is the middle names of my children.

First off shower in the morning, get kids ready for school/preschool and head out the door to do drop offs and any jobs that need doing. If it's a day when my daughter is at preschool I usually spend this time making and creating clothing, also I am trying out some new patterns at the moment for the coming summer.

I enjoy the freedom of being able to do things at home, which works well around the kids. I love seeing people buying my creations, and enjoy getting pictures sent in of their little people rocking them!
I really enjoy sketching down new ideas for my applique t-shirts, also the skirts I make always turn out so sweet and look great on.

It can be a struggle sometimes with my other job and racing after kids, but I just look at all my fabulous fabric and know I need to make it into something stunning for someone special out there.




Get yourself out there, facebook is a great start and markets. I have met so many other talented crafters from doing markets, so its such a great way of networking and finding out tips on how to improve my wee biz and also I have made some wonderful friends.

I love to unwind with a great book and a glass of wine. I also enjoy sewing things for my children, as they seem to miss out. I also love taking the children out for bike rides and visiting my parents, who they adore.


From here...

I would love to keep slowly building my biz, adding to my ranges and growing the items for the boys. I also have stock available in a shop in Rangiora, so I would like to keep adding to that and moving into the warmer months, bring out more t-shirts, dresses, pants and skirts for the summer. I am also thinking about a website, just in the beginning stages at the moment though!


Stay in touch...
Keep in touch with Michael and Maisie by 'liking' Diana's page on facebook
She would love to hear from you and her email address is

Sewing is talent enough, but having the eye to choose gorgeous fabric combinations and knowing what fabrics work in different styles is something else! Diana is so talented in both and her sewing is absolutely beautiful. It's been lovely chatting Diana and I look forward to watching Michael & Maisie continue to grow!
Becky x

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