I’ve ‘known’ Durban-based fellow creative Cleo from www.cleomade.co.za on Twitter for a while now and I’m super impressed with her stunning custom hand-painted shoes for kids (but not really just for kids!) Take a look below (pics from her Flickr stream) – what an awesome gift idea for a special …
I’ve already been given THE BEST GIFT OF ALL this year so I don’t really need anything but if I could choose anything I liked, these would totally be on my 2013 Christmas wishlist…
Stunning repurposed ‘window mirror’ from The Ruby Orchard
Ceramic owl planter from Its A Bling Thing
A subscription to Ideas magazine
A Lou Harvey nappy bag ( love the China Rose Turq-Delilah, Honeycomb, Worthington-Charlotte and Arabella-Jasper prints)
Anything from TYPO because, come on, who doesnt love TYPO…
Some new scatter cushions for our lounge from Mr Price Home
A ticket to London – because it’s my second home and I miss it ♥
DREAM BIG OR GO HOME, RIGHT?!
So, as most of you know, this weekend Baby Bird Basics made it’s market debut! It was a real learning curve and a great experience overall – here’s my run down on how it went…
♥ so much fun planning and prepping
♥ met awesome people – mainly vendors like Sue ‘the dried fruit and nut lady’ (who I’m convinced I’ve met before but we couldn’t figure out where) and Angela ‘the beautiful-vintage-pendant-maker’ (whose brother I went to school with – such a small world!)
♥ viewed stunning handmade items – so many clever and talented people out there – and ate delicious food
♥ built up some confidence in talking to, and interacting with customers/potential buyers
♥ sold a few bibs
♥ supported other sellers and left the market a few kgs heavier (cupcakes, samoosas and lots of dried fruit/nuts!) and with some beautiful treasures
♥ some familiar faces from my moms groups and some friends popped by to show some much appreciated support (thank you all ♥)
♥ many laughs – especially at the awkward teenage couple who were on a ‘date’ and when an elderly couple tried to convince me (over a 20-minute time span) that making adult bibs for their counterparts in the old age home would be a great idea!
THE NOT-SO-HIGHS (can’t call them lows at all, mostly just things I have realised/learned from!)
♥ a LOT of people didn’t immediately know what my product was – in fact, I heard the words “bunting”, “cravat” and “serviettes” thrown around a lot, despite two framed pictures of my girls wearing the bibs placed boldly on the table. If I added some more pictorial examples of how the bibs are used, as well as listing their benefits etc more boldly somewhere in my display, and even just include the words “Bandana Bibs for Babies & Toddlers” a lot more boldly, I think it would help…
♥ as Che mentions in her really useful blog post/account of her first market day, choosing the right kind of market is really important… I chose the House of Heart market to test the waters of the market world because it was relatively small and I liked the homemade/handmade vibe aspect of it (no Chinese junk here, yo!) BUT I think I probably chose the worst weekend everrrrrrrrrr to showcase my wares because it turns out that every other Christmas market in the area was happening at the same time so it was super quiet (in my opinion anyway!)
♥ While I’m not unhappy AT ALL with any of the purchases I made this weekend – it is easy to fall into the trap of spending more than you make! it’s awesome to support other sellers but if you are coming away from every market with less than you arrived with it might become a problem – just saying!
♥ On Saturday morning I arrived to set up in gale force winds – something I hadn’t planned for. My awesome chicken-wire-frame (which I’d pegged bibs onto) and framed pictures etc kept blowing over, and my brown paper bags, business cards and the table cloth were blowing everywhere… Definitely something to remember if I’m going to attend outdoor markets in the future!
♥ weather obviously also plays a HUGE role in how busy the market may be… I think people might have been put off by Friday morning’s dismal weather even though it had improved by the time the market began on Friday evening. Saturday mornings weather was much better once the wind actually died down…
♥ even though I love the idea of markets, I have to accept the idea that they might not be right for me / my products at this time. Not throwing the towel in yet at all (actually have another one next weekend!) but I do have to consider and weigh up whether they are worth the time and effort I put into them (in this case for example, I actually received some email orders this weekend that were worth more than what I ended up selling at the market, never mind the fee for having a stand there…)
SOME MORE PICS…
My gorgeous new pendant made from a vintage plate by Angela at Lollapalooza/The Weeping Willow (I chose this one because of the two birds, one for each of my girls – I’m a cheese fest, I know!)
Yup, you read that correctly! I’ll be selling my Baby Bird Basics wares at my first market this Friday evening from 5pm to 9pm, and Saturday morning from 9am to 1pm, at the House of Heart Christmas Market at Dunrobin Garden Centre in PMB (29/30 Nov)!
If you are around, I would SO appreciate the support, so pop in and perhaps you can bag yourself some nice goodies and tick a few people of your Christmas gift list to!
Live music and restaurant open on the Friday night – summer festive fun!
If you use this discount code: FRIENDPYP7 – you’ll get 9 cute personalised magnets (your choice of pics) for $12.99 (orders thereafter are $14.99) + free shipping (even to SA – and they’re quick, mine arrived in less than a week!) Total WIN.
Loving my magnets and think they’d make a great stocking filler for Christmas too!
I woke up on Saturday morning with an itch to scratch. My kitchen felt plain and unexciting – and to be honest, for someone like me who loves food – completely uninspiring.
While in the shower, my big idea came to life and before I even got dressed I was telling hubby about it and looking on Pinterest for some inspiration. After that, we popped down to the mall and House of Heart Emporium in PMB to gather supplies…
This is what happened next:
The crates we bought came from House of Heart Emporium and were made/re-purposed by a local company called Re.Creations. They come in a variety of colours and range from R120-R300 in price depending on size.
(So happy that I’m considering giving Addi’s room similar treatment soon except with whitewashed crates…)
So this happened yesterday… I couldn’t help myself! After I heard about how quickly they were selling at The Ruby Orchard, I drew some fundage from my UK account (awesome exchange rate!) and treated myself to a little prezzie – us girls need to do that every now and then, don’t you agree?
So purrrrrrrrty ♥ And red was definitely the right choice…
I finally squeezed in a trip to the stunning Ruby Orchard in Howick last Friday… So many people have been telling me that it’s the sort of place that is right up my alley and they weren’t wrong – kicking myself for not visiting sooner!
Bravely, I took both girls with me and Addi made firm friends with the lovely Nicola after they shared some jelly beans together while Baby Jules slept peacefully in her car seat, leaving Mama to browse the inspired collection of modern and vintage homeware, stationery and gifts.
When I say, I WANT EVERYTHING – I mean it. There is literally not one item in there that I would be unhappy with if I found it wrapped up and under the Christmas tree. From beautiful ceramics and printed tea towels to funky stationery and weathered frames, there really is something for everyone.
I’m seriously lusting after one item though – one of the vintage kitchen scales that is first to catch your eye as you walk in. Initially I thought the red one was ‘it’ but now I can’t decide – will have to convince hubby that he needs to buy me an early Christmas present because, WOW, it really is lovely!
Some pics from my visit – how great is the natural light and space too!
I couldn’t leave without treating myself to a little something something so this baby wooden crate and grey stripey notepad came home with us – LOVE…
Check out the Ruby Orchard blog here: therubyorchard.blogspot.com and follow them on Facebook here if you can bear to tempt yourself with seeing the regular pictures they post of all their beautiful wares!
For those who missed out on my announcement last week via FB and Twitter, here’s a link to my new little business, Baby Bird Basics: www.babybirdbasics.com – selling bandana bibs, dummy clips and nursing covers in a variety of colours and prints, all handmade with love!
The idea for Baby Bird Basics came about after we moved back to South Africa from London – my experience as a mom has helped me to recognise a gap in the market for funky/different baby-related clothing/accessories that I found were generally limited here, and/or usually quite expensive…
With the initial focus specifically on Bandana Bibs, because they are pretty much a staple in Baby Bird‘s day to day wardrobe, and because people often comment on the ones she wears, I decided to make and sell them for others to enjoy too.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the opening special – BUY 3 BIBS, GET 1 FREE!
As a thank you to everyone for the amazing support I have received so far, I’ll be holding a GIVEAWAY over the next few days. You can win a set of 3 Bandana Bibs (boys or girls, winners choice*)
TO WIN: all you need to do is like the Baby Bird Basics Facebook page – leave a comment below to let me know you have done so (or if you have already liked it). For extra entries, share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter and leave a separate comment below to let me know.
Competition winner will be drawn on Friday 15 November. Open to SA residents only.
* Winner will be able to choose whether they want 3 boys bibs or 3 girls bibs. Bib style and designs will be pre-chosen by myself.