Monday, 24 July 2017

Nursery Nook

Nursery Nook is a brand new business started up early this year by Rachel from Christchurch. She has beautifully selected the items in her online store and has designed a fantastic product herself. Her 'Baby Clothes Size Dividers' are a stylish and practical product that every parent would find useful in their baby's wardrobe. Read on to find out more,

Becky x

Tell us a little bit about yourself 

I’m Rachel, Wife to Brent and Mum to our gorgeous daughter Zoe. I love spending time with my family, travelling (which no doubt will now be very different with children!) and snuggling up watching a good movie.

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When did you start Nursery Nook? 

I started Nursery Nook early this year. After Zoe was born I was inspired to start my own business from home after being in full time work for so long! 

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How did you name your business? 

I came up with my idea of the Baby Clothes Size Dividers before the name and one day Nursery Nook just came to me and it just happened from there.

What is your favourite product within your range?

Definitely the Baby Clothes Size Dividers - in particular the Antler, Tepee and Woodland creature ones! After Zoe was born I found myself with so many baby clothes of all varying sizes I needed to be organised and I thought these would be handy for other mums in the same situation.

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

Write a list of everything I need to do. Actually I should rephrase that…everything I need to ATTEMPT to do that day. There’s nothing like the feeling of crossing off a job done! 

Where to from here with Nursery Nook?

I would love to eventually sell the Baby Clothes Size Dividers as a wholesale product to Baby stores in New Zealand. This is definitely a goal which I will work on over the next year.

How can we purchase your products? 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Early Buds

Tonight I would like to introduce you to Janelle and her son Lucas. After having Lucas at 28 weeks, Janelle has gone on to create Early Buds, an amazing organisation that gives support, resources and essential products to families to help them through the journey of having a premature baby.

Read on to hear more from Janelle and how you may be able to help!

Becky x

Hi, I’m Janelle, and this is my son Lucas. 

Lucas was born at 28 weeks and it was here we began our journey into understanding the needs and challenges of welcoming a premature baby into our family. It was this experience which led me to establish Early Buds and our premature baby packs.

At 28 weeks I was told that I had a condition called pre-eclampsia which was discovered from an additional scan and traces of protein in my urine. Immediately I was injected with steroids which would mature my baby’s lungs and make it easier for him to breathe. Because of my severity and the fact that I was only 28 weeks pregnant we were taken to Waikato Hospital where I stayed for one night, but because there was no room, we were taken to Auckland City Hospital.

Our son Lucas was delivered by emergency C-section and weighed just 1000grams and was 37.5cm long. His head was only the size of a tennis ball he was tiny. When he arrived, he was whipped away to NICU and on day 5 we got to hold him for the first time. After a week in Auckland we were taken to Waikato again where we stayed about 30 days, then finally back to Rotorua where we stayed another 2 weeks. Finally, on October the 12th he came home, we were so over the moon to have him home after spending so long in hospital. I was so alone and scared through my journey, I was away from my home town away from my family and in fear of my baby’s life at times.

The Birth of Early Buds

I created Early Buds in 2010. I struggled to find the support and products I needed while in hospital with my fragile wee premature son Lucas. Most care packages and gift boxes that are out there today are designed for full term babies and contain products that are not suitable for premature babies. We have found that most products on the market that are specifically designed for preemies are garish, outdated and either pink for girls or blue for boys, we don’t see any reason why premature babies can’t be catered for in the same way as your average newborn baby with stylish, top quality essential products.

Early Buds care for Mums too. Not many gifting companies are considering the needs of Mums. There is plenty of evidence that mothers of premature babies are at a far greater risk of postnatal depression, not to mention most mothers of premature babies are not prepared or organised for their hospital stay that often comes out of the blue. We believe that supporting mums that bring these fragile babies into the world deserve a support, care and a bit of pampering too. Our Mums essentials premature pack has specially designed by Janelle. She has thoughtfully selected or designed the products that she feels are essential for parents of a premature baby, making our packs a perfect gift for any family having an early baby.

By choosing to shop with us you are supporting the Early Buds charity program. We support parents of premature babies currently in care by providing them with our free sampler packs, we have over 700 members in our create and donate group who tirelessly provide us with free knitted and sewn garment for these packs.

We also provide monthly donations of much needed beanies and blankets to baby units nationwide, as well as 10% of net profits which are donated back to the organisation.

If you would like to contribute to our organisation, there are a few ways you can do so. If you are a business and want to be involved you can by donating product to our free sampler packs, if you are an individual you may like to join our 'Create and Donate facebook group', or make monetary donation via our 'givealittle page'

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Create Don't Copy

I didn't sleep very well last night. I was tossing and turning and having strange dreams. I am so passionate about small businesses and seeing them grow and develop and when I hear things are not going so well, it does upset me! Now as you know me and have read my blog over the years, you will know this post is of a different flavour. I love all things pretty and beautiful and this post is not so. 

To copy means to 'make a similar or identical version of or to reproduce'. It also means 'to imitate the style or behaviour of'.

This week I have talked with three small NZ business owners about how they have been copied. As in out rightly copied. Interestingly this has come up after I came across someone copying me who started up on Instagram last Friday. 

So this blog has come about in perfect timing. It is time to share my thoughts.

I know all too well the feeling of being copied. To have your ideas, designs and many hours of work and research whipped from under you by someone else taking them and making them their own. Some of you will remember MilliRose, my first handmade business which I started in 2010. I made button hair accessories with beautiful fabrics. This was in the day before you could buy cover buttons in NZ. MilliRose was very popular and became successful and turned over a very good profit. But the sad day came after selling an order to a customer, I realised that she had decided she would start up selling exactly the same hair accessories, even packaging them in the exact same way! 

What did I feel? I felt that feeling deep inside like a kick in my stomach as I felt like she had stolen from me. Something I had spent hour upon hour developing and branding and making my own.

You see often paired with a creative spirit is a sensitive soul. The two personality traits go hand in hand. To find yourself copied can make you left feeling hurt, upset, frustrated, angry and unfairly treated. What to do with these feelings? 

Do stop and breath. Do share with someone else you can talk to. Do allow yourself time to feel upset. Do hold onto your dream. Do keep working on your ideas. Do keep posting and selling. Do advertise that you are the original! Do add a 'founding date' on your social media site and website. Do watermark your photos. Do keep being you, the creator!

Don't 'react' in your frustration and send an angry email. Don't allow your dream to be stolen. Don't let your creating spirit be crushed. Don't be afraid to seek legal advice. And most importantly don't stop creating!

Be aware that when you have created something amazing and it is seen to be selling well, there may be someone who decides to make the wrong decision to go ahead and copy you.

There are two types of people in the creating world, the creators and the copiers. Copiers will come in fast and aggressively. They will move fast on social media and in their other selling platforms as they ride on your skirt tails. They are not the ones putting in all the thought, sweat and tears and many hours of thinking and researching that you do. Just be aware and as Keren from KP Designs said beautifully this week on her Instagram page  

'#saveoriginality'. Always try and find the original creator. 

Let's keep it positive online with comments. If you would like to talk to me more about this blog, please email me

I am always here to support the creators

Becky x

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