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Monday, 27 November 2017

Boxsmith




Stunning gift boxes filled with products all made in NZ and with every box sold, the Make a Wish organisation is supported!
I am so happy to share this beautiful business Boxsmith, and introduce you to Kiri,

Becky x



Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am a mum to three kids (young adults now sadly) and have an obsession with Griffons and have two, Chewie and Bella. 
My background is in midwifery and Women's Health. It was the result of two major unexpected illnesses in my family that I really started to examine how I wanted to spend my life and as life has it I was unable to go to work as I needed to take care of my son after recovering from a brain tumor. It was this event that really got me thinking about gift boxes. 
 People want to do something to help and it is hard to buy young people and children appropriate gifts when they are in hospital or having major treatments. I pictured the type of gift box I would like to have given my son and it started from there. Strangely enough that range has not been completed yet - it is pretty dear to my heart and I have some grand plans. I want it to be perfect. Boxsmith also supports Make A Wish with every box sold - such a fantastic organisation.



'Gratitude'


When did you start Boxsmith?

Boxsmith started in January 2017 however it has only been since August that we went live.




'Home'


How did you name your business?

Boxsmith is a play on wordsmith. I see us as creators of beautiful gift boxes so it seemed fitting.




'New Mum'


What is your favourite gift box within your range?

My favourite gift box would be 'Finer Things'. This gift box has something for all the senses with handcrafted award winning soda; organic, fair trade, dairy/gluten/palm oil free chocolate; white chocolate and peppermint fortune cookies; speckled handmade ceramic pinch pot and spoon and a hand poured Lime+Basil+Mandarin Soy Candle. And like all our products they are made in NZ by ethical businesses.



'Finer Things'



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

Keep up with posting on social media and making connections.



'Taste Sensation'


Where to from here with Boxsmith?

We do corporate boxes, product releases and gifting. We are passionate about adding value to businesses with gifts that reflect their uniqueness. Build your own box is another aspect of Boxsmith I would like to develop more. Also I have a side project goal that I am just starting to work on around supporting children undergoing life threatening conditions or major illness. 



'Tea Connoisseur'


How can we buy your gift boxes?

Website: www.boxsmith.co.nz




Thursday, 23 November 2017

Ruby + Bear




Fi's business Ruby + Bear was just started in August this year. All of her designs are so beautiful and so pretty! Read on to find out more including lots of markets in the Canterbury region where you can see the Ruby + Bear range yourself!

Becky x




Tell us a little bit about yourself

I’m Fiona but pretty much everyone calls me Fi. 
I live with my husband, our nearly 3 year old daughter (who’s also my favourite model, muse and PA) and our dog just out of Christchurch. 
We also have an ever increasing variety of farmyard animals.




Daisy Bow



When did you start Ruby + Bear?

Ruby + Bear went “live” in August 2017, but I’d been slowly chipping away at making our products for much of the year.



Pretty in Pink



How did you name your business?

Ruby is our dog and Bear was one of our first pet lambs.



Coconut Ice



What is your favourite product within your range?

Oooh, that’s a tricky one. I only make a small run of most things which means the range is frequently changing and so is my favourite product. 
My favourite thing to make is one off pompom necklaces; I love being able to make something unique that can be chosen to suit a child’s personality, favourite colours or outfit and enables them to express their own style.




Beautiful in Blue



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

I’m a list maker and love to see things being crossed off (although it seems the list is never completed). 
My whole reason for starting Ruby + Bear is to have a job I enjoy that provides me with a creative outlet, and enables me to spend lots of quality time with Ava while she’s young.
I regularly reflect on this and consider my own values when it comes to decision making and keeping a work life balance.....that being said “if you find a job you love, you’ll never work another day in your life” rings true.




Ice Cream Sundae




Where to from here with Ruby + Bear? 

Longer term, I would like to see Ruby + Bear expand into boys wear, and possibly kids decor.
I’d like to do this using a business model that will empower other Mums and enable them to work at home, in their own time and to choose the hours and workload that suit them and their family. 
For now, steadily growing the business and being a Mum must go hand in hand.



Unicorn & Tassel Necklaces



How can we buy your products?



Upcoming markets where you will find Ruby + Bear




Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Precious Imprints




I have a real love for meaningful and symbolic jewellery. 
Precious Imprints has so many beautiful options including a 'Your Own Design' option where Jo can work with you to bring your very own design to life!

Becky x



Tell us a little bit about yourself


I’m Jo. A mum to 3 busy children, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a physiotherapist and a creative being.

For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed creating. Sketching, cross stitch, pottery, ceramics, mosaics, jewellery…you name it, I’ve probably done it and loved it!



Love Letters



When did you start Precious Imprints?

I started Precious Imprints in 2011, after having pendants made with my children’s fingerprints on them. 

The joy I felt when I received my pendants surprised me. But even better was the feeling that piece of jewellery gave me when I wore it. I felt comfort in having my children close to my heart and the little jingle from my pendants on my necklace were a constant reminder and connection to my babies.

From this feeling Precious Imprints was born.

I wanted to share this experience with Mums like you. To help create that sense of comfort, joy and connection to your family and the things you love.




Stacking Heart Rings


How did you name your business?

Initially I created fingerprint pendants, as well as jewellery stamped with names, dates or special quotes on them. So each piece was created with an “imprint” that was meaningful, or precious to the wearer.

As my business has grown I have added more symbolic pieces to my range, and ‘Precious Imprints’ has taken on a broader meaning with these pieces representing special people, moments or places that leave an imprint on our heart.



Family Circles



What is your favourite product within your range?

I will always have a soft spot for my fingerprint pendants as these are what started this fabulous journey, however I totally love the simplicity yet meaningfulness of my Symbolic range and that it’s like a little secret connection for the wearer.



Love Link



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

To do lists! Being a one-woman-band I need too make sure I stay on top of everything.




Family Ties



Where to from here with Precious Imprints?

I’m working on increasing my wholesale accounts for my Symbolic and Messages ranges, as well as getting the word out that I offer a “Your Own Design” option, where I work with my client to bring their very own design idea to life.




Personalised Band Rings




You can follow & purchase from the Precious Imprints range here:


Email: jo@preciousimprints.co.nz

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Hush Little Baby




We all know sleep is vital in our lives and when a new baby comes along, it is wonderful to help them to establish great sleeping as soon as possible! 
Who's with me?!! 
So along comes Kate with a fabulous business dedicated to babies sleeping. Full of beautiful products and a directory of NZ Sleep Consultants say hi to Kate from Hush Little Baby
May your babies sleep through for you, 

Becky x


Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am a mum of two little people - Patrick 4 and Emma 2 so my life these days mostly revolves around them and my part-time day job as a teacher and of course Hush Little Baby

In the weekends, you’ll find us at the beach, one of our local parks or the pool. We live in Auckland so there’s always something to do - we just need summer to arrive!






When did you start Hush Little Baby? 

Two years ago
Burrow & Be Muslin Wrap



How did you name your business? 

The name Hush Little Baby popped into my mind almost immediately! I loved how it conjures up an image of a sleeping baby, so peaceful and calm. 




What is your favourite product within your range? 

I am a huge Baby Shusher fan! I still use it with my two year old for every sleep. I also love the new Burrow and Be range of sleepsacks, muslin wraps and cot blankets.





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

Lots of social media which helps to connect with my followers. I find it’s my best channel for quick and easy communication with busy mums.






Where to from here with Hush Little Baby? 

We are always on the look-out for gorgeous and practical products to help little ones find their sleep so our product range is always growing. We have recently started a sleep consultant directory on our website to help sleep deprived mums find support through that testing time - so I would love to build that more and promote it to new mums.




How can we find out more?



Discount Code!

I have so kindly been given a discount code for 15% off storewide!
Thank you Kate.
The code for you to use is likedbyBecky