Thursday, 29 June 2017

Love From Seventeen

I have been a keen follower of Love From Seventeen from the very start! 
Kylie has turned her dream into a reality and her business has grown so quickly into a well known NZ decor brand!

Kylie designs the most beautiful wooden decor and she keeps bringing out new designs.

There really are too many gorgeous designs to show you and choosing which images to include in my blog was so hard. You may just have to pop over to her website and have a look for yourself :)

Becky x

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I’m Kylie, very nearly 30 and married to my wonderful husband Quintin (also known as Chief Painter). We are blessed with two very gorgeous girls, Indie is 5 and Harper is 3. Life is crazy busy but we love every minute!

Engagement, Wedding or Anniversary Decor

When did you start Love From Seventeen?

I just wanted something else, just for me, rather than being chief cook and cleaner and “muuuuuuuuum!”; a creative outlet really. We’re now in our 3rd year of this amazing journey and I never expected this ‘hobby’ would turn into being a full blown business!

Name & Word Buntings

How did you name your business?

I was trying to think outside the box a little and was thinking about the girls; they’re both born on the 17th, and every product I make is made with love so that was that – Love from Seventeen was born!

Milestone Cards
Image by @wee_welsh

Your designs have been extremely popular. How have you kept up and juggled everything?

I get asked this alot as I still work 9-3pm during the week in our family company as the Office Manager; Love from Seventeen is what I call my ‘night job’. I don’t really know how it all works, but it just does! Call it organised chaos if you will, haha. I am so lucky to have amazing friends and family who don’t hesitate to jump in and help during the really crazy busy periods with painting and packing. It takes a village!

Well Known Love From Seventeen Christmas Baubles
Image by @wigglespiggles

What is your favourite product within your range?

Always the cake toppers, mainly because I can’t wait to see photos of them on cakes. The best part about these is they can be used year after year.

Beautiful Cake Toppers
Image by @lovelittleco

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

Alot of it is truly run by word of mouth and repeat customers. I try to post on our social media platforms a couple of times a day, but it is getting harder and harder to be seen on these nowadays the smarter they get! I also try to clear my email inbox clear daily too to keep on top of it!

'I Scream for Ice Cream' Garland
Image by @mel_zag

Where to from here with Love From Seventeen?

Up and up and up, hopefully! I genuinely love what I do and don’t really consider it a business in the ‘working’ sense; I love chatting to customers, seeing their images they’ve tagged me in and playing around with new ideas and concepts to see what we can create next.

Watch this space!

The Original Dipped Fairy WandImage by @ourswanlife

How can we purchase your products?

Instagram: @lovefromseventeen

Wall Names
Image by @cleverpoppy

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Lots Of

I have just found Lots of. These baking jars are amazing! Rachael was so kind and sent me two to try out and I love them. All the dry ingredients come layered in the jar. All you have to do is add a couple of wet ingredients and follow the baking instructions which are clearly written on the back.
I think these would make perfect presents for teachers for the end of the year! 

Have a read and see what you think!

Becky x

Hi I am Rachael. I’m one of those mums (like many) that is juggling working fulltime as well as running and growing Lots of, being a wife and being a mum/taxi driver for teenage children.

When did you start Lots of?

The idea had been floating around in my head for a while. In 2013 I finally got the courage after encouragement from family and friends to jump in and give it a go.

How did you name your business?

I wrote down a list of things I wanted to achieve from the business and it seemed to have Lots of starting every sentence – Lots of fun times, Lots of work/playtime balance in my week, Lots of money and of course Lots of enjoyment for people receiving the jars etc. “Lots of” just fitted for me!

What is your favourite product within your range?

I love the look of the Yummy Cookie jar, it’s so bright and colourful and looks so much fun. The Fudgie Chocolate Brownie is very popular, in 30 mins you can be sitting devouring a slice with a hot drink or adding icecream for a decadent dessert. It’s my “go to” jar to use at home when I’m in a hurry too.

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

I’m always thinking of ways to improve and grow the business. I’m looking for new ways to market my products to individuals through to corporate customers.  

Where to from here with Lots of?

Our kids are all but independent now so I want to focus more on building my business. New ideas, flavours and combinations are in my head and now I have some time to do the testing etc to get them into production.

How can we purchase from Lots of?

Email -

These would make fantastic end of year teacher gifts don't you think! Most jars are priced at $12.50 and you can choose your ribbon colour.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017


I came across Sassie last week on Instagram and fell in love immediately with Kara's floral initials. I am a huge anything pretty fan especially with flowers and so of course I commented with all the love straight away! Kara so very kindly sent me one of her letters this week for my daughter Amayah and it is even more beautiful than the pictures show! 

I am sure you will enjoy reading about Kara and her business Sassie

Becky x 

Hi, my name is Kara and I have been with my husband, Greg, for 19 years. We have three gorgeous little kiddies, Cassie, Luke and Lacey. They were all born in Australia while we were living in Perth. We relocated back to New Zealand in 2015 to be closer to our families. The kids absolutely love it back here, as do we, although the weather can be a bit testing at times after 15 years of blue skies and sunshine!

When did you start Sassie?

I started up Sassie in 2011 about six months after I had my second child. I was searching for personalised wine charms and couldn’t find them anywhere. I decided to make some myself, and it all started from there. I made personalised wine charms, which lead to personalised children’s jewellery, hand stamped adult jewellery ... and all things girly and pretty. After I moved back to New Zealand I couldn’t easily source the jewellery findings so have put the jewellery on hold for now. I started doing crochet beanies and added little flower hairclips to the girls designs. This started on my search for the perfect flower and here I find myself doing the floral initials which I LOVE!

Sassie Initial with KP Designs Peg People

How did you name your business?

When I started my daughter Cassie couldn’t pronounce her name correctly, she called herself Sassie, and my business was named!

How have you juggled running a business with having a family?

This is tough with three little kids and a husband who spends most of the year in Perth for his business. I spend lots of late nights working to get orders complete. My oldest two children love doing all things art & craft so when I make gift cards they love to join in with me. My littlest one is a bit too destructive to join in at the moment (and she is such a girly girl, just not nearly as fussy and neat as my oldest two – or me!!!)

What is your favourite product within your range?

Definitely the personalised floral initials. I love creating these. Each one is so unique with the name painted in any colour and the flowers added to suit the bedroom or nursery decor.

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

I spend a lot of time photographing and presenting my work. Presentation means everything to me, so I pride myself on beautiful packaging and high quality images.

Where to from here with Sassie?

I absolutely love creating the floral initials, but struggle with not having anything out there for the little men in our lives. So I am currently working on a boys design.... hopefully coming soon.

How can we purchase your floral initials?


Sassie floral initials are $30 NZD
The letter A measures 18cm tall and 16cm wide
Perfect for shelves or to hang

Beautiful packaging

Thursday, 8 June 2017

First Week Back & Loving It!

Thank you for such a warm reception this week! It is so great to be back into supporting NZ businesses and I have found some pretty good finds.

I have been working on my facebook business directory and also have started uploading my blog directory and will be working through this in the next week. It looks great and there are many businesses with fantastic products for you to browse.

Here are my favourite finds this week

Maya Floral Pants from 'Love Knot War' -

Personalised Diaries from 'Finndieloo' -

The Tribe Print from 'First Milestone' -

Ring Stackers, Mountains & Egg Shakers from 'Grove & Willow' -

Juicy Pegs from 'KP Designs' -

Blush & Gold Bibbles from 'Bibbles' -

Plaster Letters from 'Ayla & Arlo' -

Becky x
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