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Friday, 20 December 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year!!!

I have had such a wonderful journey this year starting Liked. by Becky and I am so happy that you have joined me. I have met so many talented business owners with amazing journeys of their own. It has been an absolute privilege to support and encourage you.

I am so very excited about next year and I have an amazing line up of businesses to share with you already. I am taking a break from features to spend time with my family over Christmas and I will be back with a Mini Feature on the 27 January and starting in to Full Features on 4 February. Between now and then I will be popping up on Facebook occasionally to share any gorgeous finds I come across. Please do keep the emails flowing in though and I of course am happy to share anything that is going on in your business world!

Have a fantastic Christmas and New Year and THANK YOU so much for all your support and I will see you back in the new year


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Songbird Designs Giveaway Winner



Congratulations to ~ Sarah Mandeno ~ You have won a $50 voucher to spend online at Songbird Designs!!! 

Thank you so much Sarah for such a lovely giveaway




Thursday, 12 December 2013

Hazed Magazine



It was very exciting to receive the first copy of Hazed in my mailbox this week! I have been so looking forward to it being printed and it is everything and more of what I imagined it to be.

The first image to grab my attention was of course the cover. LOVE the design by Mark at Mark Catley Design. The magazine is full to the brim and overflowing of gorgeous business interviews, recipes, product picks, made by me section, craft labs, a sewing tutorial and social media tips. All this and much more in 71 pages of gorgeousness. It is definately time you bought yourself a copy and settled in to read :)

Congratulations Hazel (& team), you have done such a wonderful job!

If you would like to purchase a copy of Hazed, it is $9.95 and can be purchased over on Hazel's blog ~ Hazel Loves Design. You can also purchase an Annual Subscription for $34.95. If you are interested in stocking Hazed, you can find out more by emailing Hazel on hazed@hazellovesdesign.com.

I would love you to leave Hazel a comment here or on her Hazel Loves Design facebook page.











Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Songbird Designs




Stunning vintage inspired handmade jewellery!

I would love to introduce you to Sarah




Songbird Classice Floral Double Sided Charm Pendant




Beginning...

Songbird Designs was started in 2006. It started after I began making gift tags and button jewellery and I moved on quite swiftly from there. I started making as a release from my day job as a Human Resources Manager, to something that allowed me to use a more artistic side of myself. I sold on Trade Me to begin with and then opened a FELT store in 2009, then started selling at markets and the rest, as they say, is history!



Trio Pendant, Double Sided Lace Collection



Naming...

I have always had a ‘thing’ for birds, my maiden name is Toohey (which sounds like Tui!) and in my life I have been a bit of a singer. So the combination makes Songbird Designs.




Double Sided Earrings - Lace Collection



In 3 words...

Vintage inspired, personal embellishment's hmmm that is actually four!




Geo Bead Necklace



Daily...

I work full time as the Workforce Development Manager for a large District Health Board and I am also the mother of a busy 5 year old boy and a wife to an amazing (and busy) creative husband. Add those things to running a monthly craft market (The Devonport Craft Market) and Songbird Designs....my days are busy and fairly feel free of routine. In saying that I do love being busy and have a very supportive extended family who help us to keep on top of it all.



Sweet Petite Cluster Necklace



Owning...

I love selling my wares to people who love them. It is that simple. I get such a buzz from meeting people and talking to them to find out what sort of designs and product they would really like to have. I am inspired by a lot of different things in my environment but the biggest one is my customers. I really don’t love the paperwork and stocktaking. That is the least fun bit!




Double Sided Trio Floral Pendant



Advice...

Be organised from the beginning. I sort of ‘fell’ into selling in volume from small beginnings and I still feel I am on the backfoot with having good systems and processes for keeping track of everything. I feel if I had thought through my system for running my business from the beginning, then I would be less stressed in busy times!



Bohemia Pendant



Relaxing...

My heart feels full and happy when I am listening to music and singing. My son also loves singing so we do a lot of that together. I am also an avid movie watcher.



Double Sided Floral Earrings


Connecting & buying...

You can shop anytime on the Songbird Designs Website and follow our Facebook page to stay in touch with new designs, sales and promotions. I can be contacted on email at sarah@songbirddesigns.co.nz

Songbird Designs is also on Twitter and Pinterest.



Double Sided Trio Pendant



Giveaway...

Sarah has ever so kindly given me a $50 voucher to giveaway to someone to spend on her online store. Please enter here. The giveaway closes on 16 December at midnight and the winner will be notified by email on the 17 December and announced here on my blog. Thank you so much Sarah!




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Hazel Loves Design Giveaway Winner





Congratulations to ~ Rebecca Yorke ~ You have won an annual subscription to the gorgeous Hazed Magazine and a $50 voucher to spend on The Emporium! Thank you so much Hazel!





Miss Mouse Giveaway Winner



Congratulations to ~ Lyn Maree ~ You have won 12x 230ml glass jars with lids, 20m of red bakers twine, 12x wooden spoons and 25x paper doilies from Miss Mouse!
Thank you so much Kylie.




Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Miss Mouse





Gorgeous boutique party supplies including invitations, tableware & decorations that will coordinate with and complement 
any party theme

I would love to introduce you to Kylie


About...

Hi, I’m Kylie! I am the founder and director here at Miss Mouse. I am the mother of two young girls, the wife to a gorgeous man (Mr Rat) and a teacher/researcher/engineer at a local university. We live in rural Albany amongst a hectare of native bush and we love it!



Cupcake Stand


Starting...

Miss Mouse started in March this year when we formed our company. It started as an idea to hire tables and chairs for children’s birthday parties and grew and grew and grew to be the one-stop-shop that we are today. We wanted to be able to take some of the stress out of organising children’s parties and we have been able to achieve that for many of our customers.



Glass Sprays


Naming...

Miss Mouse came from Miss Mousey who is a puppet that my girls love (she used to come out at challenging dinner times!). Once Mr Rat and I reduced it to Miss Mouse, we knew it was perfect for our business.


In 3 words...

Stylish, creative, fun.



Pirate Party



Daily...

I have two young girls so our morning routine mostly involves getting all of us ready for school, daycare and work as I work outside of the home 4 days a week. I drop the girls off at daycare and school and either Mr Rat or I collect them in the afternoon. Some afternoons are filled with swimming or guitar lessons and others are more relaxing at home. We cook dinner, eat together, shower kiddies, read books, do guitar practice with my eldest, put kiddies to bed, put them back to bed… My evenings are spent packing orders, responding to enquiries and looking after Miss Mouse.



Moustache Decals


Owning a business...

I love meeting fabulous people who are either about to celebrate a child’s birthday, a baby shower or have a wedding on the horizon. I also love all of the pretty things that I get to supply to others for their celebrations.


Vintage Tea Party Favour Boxes


Advice...

Do a lot of research on what your competitors are doing and think about what your point of difference is. Make a plan. Take a risk! If you are an ecommerce business then take the time to set up your website well.



Beautiful Party Set Up


Relaxing...

I am one busy lady at present but I love quiet weekends where we get to hang out as a family, go down to one of our local beaches, walk up and down our very long driveway which is surrounded in native bush and glow worms, watch movies together… I also love to bake!



Martha Stewart Pom Pom Kit


From here...

Miss Mouse is still a baby so she has lots of growing to do! We have lots of exciting plans for Miss Mouse which we will share over the coming year.


Party Bags


Connecting & buying...

Our website is always open and you can make any enquiries via our website too ~ www.missmouseboutique.co.nz

We share information about new products and run giveaways and promotions via our Facebook page ~  www.facebook.com/MissMouseLtd

Miss Mouse is also on twitter so you can follow us there too! Twitter.com/MissMouseLtd



Party Supplies


Giveaway...

Kylie has so kindly given me a GORGEOUS giveaway for you to enter to win.
You could win this wonderful pack which includes: 12x 230ml glass jars with lids, 20m of red bakers twine, 12x wooden spoons and 25x paper doilies ~ What a wonderful pack to win with Christmas just around the corner. Please enter here. The giveaway will close on 9 December at midnight and the winner will be notified by email on the 10 December and announced here on my blog. Thank you Kylie!







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