Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Bitter Sweet Aromas

It has been so amazing seeing Shobi grow her business and develop her range of beautiful hand poured scented candles over the last couple of months. I would love to introduce you to Bitter Sweet Aromas

Becky x

Tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is Shobi, I am a mum to one beautiful girl and I work fulltime for a Real Estate firm here in Christchurch, you could say I juggle/work a busy lifestyle!

Beautiful Bitter Sweet Aromas Collection

When did you start Bitter Sweet Aromas?

I have always been crafty but never really found my niche. I started making candles and wax melts in my downtime, I would make them for my beloved family and friends as gifts. As people talked and the news spread it then grew into making them for friends of friends and so on and that’s how I am where I am today.

Tumbler Range

How did you name your business?

I tried to come up with a name that sound not only unique but a name that would allow me to expand my range in the near future.

Shine & Shimmer Candle in Rose Gold

What is your favourite product within your range?

Shine & Shimmer Rose Gold Carousel – 270g

One our most popular jars, these jars are just beautiful and they would like great in any setting.

Shine & Shimmer Rose Gold Carousel

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

Networking, I am forever meeting and building a relationship with other Small NZ Businesses. I love supporting another’s passion and to help them on their journey to success.

Shine & Shimmer Rose Gold Carousel

Where to from here with Bitter Sweet Aromas?

We are forever evolving exciting and new things here at BSA, we will also be taking part in the Riccarton Farmers Markets later this year. Keep an eye out for dates and more info on our page.

Wax Melts

How can we buy your beautiful products?

If you are interested in purchasing some elegant candles or melts you can purchase via my 

Facebook Shop:

If you are wanting a custom order, wedding favours or corporate gifting email me at

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Cute Cuddles

Beautiful handmade fabric children's toys, I would love you to meet Tracy from Cute Cuddles x

Hi, Tracy from Cute Cuddles here. I am a work from home mum with a love of sewing. I love that I get to share my passion for bright colours and fabrics with others and see the smiles our soft toys bring others. 

Giraffe Soft Toy

When did you start Cute Cuddles?

I started Cute Cuddles nearly 4 years ago now. My daughter has some health anomalies that made day care a non-option for her. Between the sickness and hospital visits, tests and stress I would do what I love best – relax with some fabric and my sewing machine. I then offered my soft toys to friends and family to take as baby shower gift and Cute Cuddles grew from there.

 Elephant Soft Toy
Elephant Soft Toy

How did you name your business?

I get told all the time how cute our cuddly toys are… so Cute Cuddles named itself really. 

Dinosaur Soft Toy

What is your favourite product within your range?

My favourite product is a hard one. I love the dinosaurs because my son asked me to make that for him and I love the pony for the same reason from my daughter. One of my favourites to play with as I am making them though is the bunny rattles – those floppy ears! I just can’t resist them!
The biggest, and I think coolest, thing about a Cute Cuddles soft toy is that no two soft toys are the same! Each one is completely unique and hand sewn too. Making them perfect from birth as there are no small plastic parts. Also, you never have to worry about toys getting swapped or mixed up as each Cute Cuddles is completely unique. 

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

I work from the heart. When I love what I am doing, people love what I am making. It sounds corny, but it’s true. When I get a piece of fabric that is popular but I’m not loving, it doesn’t sell as well.

Bunny Toy Rattle

Where to from here with Cute Cuddles?

As long as people continue to smile and love what I am making, I will continue to make them. I often design new products within our range so there is always a new Cute Cuddles to add to your collection.

Pony Soft Toy

How can we purchase from Cute Cuddles?

Thursday, 7 September 2017

God's True Beauty Photography

Up until now we have been one of those families who have all our photos on our phones and computer and not enough on our walls, let alone any professional shots! I have always loved the idea of having some photos taken to mark a beautiful point in time, but the thought of getting all 4 kids dressed up and smiling in front of a stranger seemed too hard and so we haven't up until now!

Then, Ange from God's True Beauty Photography posted such a cool photo on her Facebook page of 'Families In A Box' and everyone looked casual and like they were having fun and I knew straight away that it would work with our family. I booked it straight up and here we are!

Ange was so helpful in getting this arranged. I inquired, she told me what times and dates she had free and I booked a suitable time for us.

She then sent me through a very helpful information sheet about what to expect and what colours to dress everyone in and other practical information as to how to get to her studio etc.

You can't wear white for the box photos as it obviously would not work with the white background, so we chose to go with bright colours and we wanted it to be fun!

We arrived at Ange's studio with all the kids still looking tidy (phew!) and she was ready and waiting. Ange is such a friendly and lovely person and she was so calm and helpful throughout the shoot. There is one box and we all had a turn at climbing in and pulling poses. This in itself was a novelty for the kids and they had so much fun that smiling and being themselves was no issue!

If you are thinking of having some photos done, I so highly recommend Ange and I absolutely think the 'Families In A Box' is such a fun way to create a memory to treasure forever. Our photo is now on canvas (which is included in the price) and on our WALL! Thank you Ange!

God's True Beauty Photography has a studio based in Prebbleton just out of Christchurch. Ange is a qualified member of NZIPP, The New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography and has won several awards. She produces stunning portraits, wedding, family, pregnancy, babies & glamour photos.

The 'Families In A Box' can be booked with Ange on the dates below. It is $270 and that includes the 20 minute session, 9 digital images AND the best part, a 18x18 inch canvas (already to hang on your wall!).

If you are keen to book with Ange, please email


01 09 10