Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Ruby and Bear Handcrafted Kid's Gear

'Through Ruby and Bear, I hope to encourage kids to have fun with fashion, to celebrate and develop their own unique sense of style. Each piece is made by hand with love'. - Fi

I met up with Fi a few months ago for coffee and she bought along some of her products. 
They were adorable and you could clearly see her love for what she does and her care and attention to detail!

Fi lives on the outskirts of Christchurch with her hubby and young daughter.

They have an ever growing number of animals including their dog Ruby, and a flock of sheep led by Bear. It's after these pets that Ruby and Bear // Handcrafted Kid's Gear was named.

Ruby and Bear launched in August 2017 and offers handcrafted hair accessories, jewelry and other accessories made especially with kids in mind.

New - Coming soon!

After seeing the joy her daughter and her cousin found in some jewellery they'd been given, Fi thought "I can do that". She started making jewellery and some clothing, then hair accessories for kids.

Fi is constantly inspired by the creativity and passion of the small business community. One of her favorite aspects of her job is discovering the wonderful things made by other small business owners and introducing them to others through her social media pages.

NEW - Coming soon!

While she doesn't have a favourite item to make, she does get very excited when fabric orders arrive and finds waiting to cut new bows hard! 
It is always an honour for Fi to make items for special occasions such as weddings and christenings and she loves receiving pics of her wee customers wearing their pretties.

A variety of fun and beautiful new products are coming soon, including Ruby and Bear // Fur Kid's Gear!

Hi Vis Neon Glitter Bows

Fi will be a lots of Markets in the next couple of months including the very popular Encraftment Market in Lincoln.
If you are in the area it is a lovely way to view (& buy!) her products!

You can find out more and follow Ruby and Bear here:


The Night Garden Floral Bows

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Busy Bee Playdough - A Natural Alternative!

'A Natural Alternative'

I am always excited about supporting small businesses and Busy Bee Playdough is a brand NEW business! 
Sarah-Rose has obviously put so much time and effort into her business idea and I love all the little extras she has thought about.

Enjoy your read,
Becky x

*All photos @focusbybecky

Green Apple & Coconut Splash Duo

Sarah-Rose is an Early Childhood Teacher and Mum based in Wellington, New Zealand. She is passionate about sensory play experiences for little ones (especially playdough!). 
Her little boy has sensitive skin and since becoming a Mum she noticed a gap in the market when it comes to finding a safer more natural version of playdough!

Busy Bee Playdough is made from all natural colours, scents and ingredients which means it is great for people with skin sensitivities or allergies. There are no harsh chemicals, colours or preservatives. This also means it’s no big deal if it gets eaten and it’s even compostable!
Sarah-Rose also makes a gluten free version for little ones with a wheat sensitivity which means everyone can enjoy Busy Bee Play dough. 

When your Nan's table and plate matches your playdough ;)

The playdough is scented with dried herbs and essential oils. The colours are derived from vegetables, fruits or spices.

Colour Options:

Yellow - You Are My Sunshine (Yellow lemon)
 Green - Flying Saucer (Green apple) 
Orange - Orange Fizz (Orange) 
Purple - Purple Pixie (Jasmine) 
Brown - Chocolate Pudding (Cocoa) 
Blue - Under The Sea (Coconut) 
Pink - Pink Panther (Strawberry)
Red - Fairy Toadstool Red (Vanilla)
Speckled - Little Speckled Frog (Speckled mint green)
Natural - Nudie Rudie (Unscented/natural)


Natural Playdough in your choice of colour (200g tin) $7
Natural Playdough Duo in your choice of two colours (200g tin) $8
Playdough Christmas Gift Set $25
Halloween Twin Pack $13

Gluten Free playdough is $1 extra
Add pixie dust (biodegradable glitter) for 50c extra

Our Thoughts:

The Busy Bee Playdough is beautifully soft and fresh as it is made to order. The vibrant colours are immediately attractive to kids. It is scented nicely and everything in this playdough is natural which is the best part!
I love that it is handmade and there are no harsh chemicals, colours or preservatives used, so it is great for our kids!

My daughter and I give this product a huge thumbs up x


Thursday, 18 October 2018

Safety Spot Car Decals - Melrose Paper Designs

Safety Spot Car Decals
'Designed to keep children safe'

I found this new product from Melrose Paper Designs and HAD to share it with you all. 
What a fabulous visual way of helping our kids to stay safe!

Enjoy the read and a heads up, with thanks to Mel, I am giving away two on my Facebook page so pop over to enter :)

Becky x

*All photos by @focusbybecky

The Safety Spots have been designed with keeping children safe in mind. They are vinyl decals which can easily be applied to the side of your car. 
Your child is taught how to place their hand on top of it as their safety spot when you are out and about.

We chose to put a white one on our car and it is the large size. With the many school runs, kindy drop offs and outings we have with my 4 kids, I was so keen to give this a go!

My daughter is just over 3 years old. She quickly understood the idea of standing with her hand on the hand :)

Here it is on our car :) I love Mel's design.

My little one is pretty happy about this idea!

The Safety Spot Vinyl Decals are available in lots of different colours including 
Black, White, Hot Pink, Purple, Blue, Yellow, Lime Green, and Aqua.

They come in a size small (approx 9cm x 9cm) and large (approx 13.5cm x 13.5cm)

You can choose to have your Safety Spot personalised with your child's name!

They are easy to apply and last through all kinds of weather.

They are $7.50 – $8.50 depending on the size you choose.

Mel is a NZ mum of one and has such a beautiful business designing greeting cards, tags, personalised frames, cake and cupcake toppers, vinyl decals and more!

You can order online or find out more here:


Tuesday, 16 October 2018

My Happy Crayons

Hand poured, fun shaped crayons!

The crayons from My Happy Crayons are beautifully handmade and so very cute! Sea hand pours them and makes them into different shapes. She very kindly sent me some for my daughter to try.

Enjoy reading my thoughts,

Becky x

* Photos by @focusbybecky

The My Happy Crayons are 100% non-toxic fun shaped crayons. There are so many shapes available including dinosaurs, cars, robots, pineapples, unicorns, hearts, ice creams, stars, garden bugs and many more! You can even be in touch with Sea if you have a specific shape in mind for a custom order.

They would make perfect party bag fillers, stocking stuffers and lovely presents for birthday parties.
They are really great quality and my daughter loves drawing with them :)

My Happy Crayons are available from Sea on her Facebook page .  Some are $1 each and some $2 each, depending on what you choose.

You can find out more here:


Thursday, 11 October 2018

Pretty Little Company - Blossom Ring Cones

It is no secret that I LOVE pink!! 
So when Ashleigh from Pretty Little Company bought out her Ring Cones in white and blossom, I was a little bit happy.......and I took lots of photos ;)

It is also no secret that I love products that are both functional and PRETTY!

The Pretty Little Company ring cones are perfect for displaying your rings and keeping them safe. I have my ring cones in the kitchen beside the sink and also in my bedroom on my dresser.

Ashleigh hand-makes these and then paints them and there are lots of colour options!

What I particularly love about these it the fact that so many people wear rings! They would be a perfect gift choice for so many. Being that they come in so many colours, you can find a colour option for anyone!

The ring cones come in three sizes and looks best in a set of three :) 

Here are the approx sizes:

Large 7.5cm high, 4cm wide at base
Medium 6.5cm high, 3.7cm wide at base
Small 4.5cm high, 2.8cm wide at base

Here are the prices:

Large $15
Medium $12
Small Free (when you purchase one large and one medium ring cone)

You can find out more here:

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Pretty Little Company - 'Mummy & Me' Clay Earrings

As you will know by now, Liked by Becky is all about supporting local small NZ businesses and Pretty Little Company is certainly local to me.....Ashleigh and I live in the same town!!

Pretty Little Company was started in 2017 by Ashleigh while she was on maternity leave. I bought one of her beautiful Strawberry Fluffy Cups as a gift for my daughter for Christmas. Since then, Ashleigh has been constantly building on and expanding her range.

'Mummy & Me' Clay Earrings

Like with all her designs, I fell in love with her new range of 'Mummy & Me' Earrings.

They are hand crafted by Ashleigh using polymer clay and are so light and lovely to wear. Her earrings are backed with surgical steel posts (which are perfect for sensitive ears!). You can choose from Hearts or Circles and in a Matte or Gloss finish.

The set comes with one pair of 14mm earrings and one pair of 9mm earrings. You can choose to have the 9mm earrings with a clip on back which I choose as my daughter does not have her ears pierced yet.  

You should have seen her little face when she first tried them on. There was pure excitement of being just like her Mummy :)

 The earrings are available in 21 colours and are $20. 
Ashleigh has so kindly given me a code for you to get 25% off her 'Mummy & Me' earrings! 

You can use the code BECKY25 upon checkout x

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