Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy Hogmanay

Well here we are at the end of 2010. Has it been a god year for you I do hope so and if not tomorrow is a new start. 2010 has been a year where I have worked like never before at balancing sometimes I did good others I just fell off. I think my little business is starting to get established I am getting repeat custom and getting recommended to others. Word of mouth is a strong endorsement. I am always excited when I get a new customer who just found me but I get very excited when that same customer comes back and gets her friend to buy too, Its not just about how my goodies look I know they look good but that they out perform anything else available is what will make people come back. I thank you for that it mean soo much to me. As all mothers will know particularly stay at home Mummy's your confidence can take a bit of a nose dive and it can be scary stepping back into the world of work. This year I have been scared and doulted myself often sometimes getting the biggest pat on the back and other times crashing but I have kept going and I am loving the journey. I am out of my comfort zone lots but I think that is good and stretches me. So whats ahead for 2011. I have many projects in the pipeline and am soo excited about what I will accomplish. I wish you all a great 2011 please let me know how you do.
Happy Friday

Monday, 27 December 2010

Made by Mum Sale Ends 5th January

Hello how are you all doing exhausted I bet. However the week between Christmas and New year are so slow and relaxing you should hopefully get a chance to put your feet up. I am planning on finishing my Dr Seuss quilt and do a bit of sales shopping, I always use this time to get a little a head . Which reminds me the Made by Mum sale will continue until the 5th of January or until I run out of sale goodies. I am trying to make space for some lovely new goodies for 2011. I have backpacks, fabric baskets and some chef sets all reduced please look through my previous posts and email me with your choices. Happy shopping and relaxing.

Friday, 24 December 2010

The Stocking were Hung

Good morning to you all I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and to thank you for your support and encouragement over my first few months. The Made by Mum sale will continue until the 5th January.
Happy Christmas Eve

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Dr Seuss Cat in the Hat Gift Basket Sale

HI more goodies to add to the Made by Mum Sale. Dr Seuss cat in the hat padded gift baskets reduced from £18 to £10. Email me if you are interested again I have VERY limited numbers. I have included some pics of the baskets full of goodies just to give you an idea of how special they are when they are full.
Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

More Sale Items

Hi I have some more very special sale items for you today. My gorgeous and super cute backpacks these have been soo popular and I only have 3 left. 1 with my blue cars design 1 with my lovely little pink flowers and red cherries on a blue back ground and the beautiful one in the photo. Each backpack has fully adjustable padded shoulder straps, each one is fully lined and piped with contrasting piping.These make the most adorable gifts think birthdays, starting Nursery or even Easter. As I say I have only 3 left and they have been reduced from £40 down to £22 including UK postage. You had better be quick.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Made by Mum Sale

Good morning all I am offering a few of my goodies in a sale. Up for grabs are my fully reversible fabric baskets - normal price £18 sale price only £10 and my super cute Chef sets - normal price £25 sale price £15. Be quick they are sure to go fast. Email me if you are interested and I will be able to give you an up to date selection.
Happy Monday.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Perth Christmas Market

Sorry for the lack of posts it has been one very busy week. So much going on with my little monkeys and so much catching up on the personal front. I really thought that the Christmas rush was past but I have had a quite a few last minute gift purchases I know I said no more but I am a big softy The weather has been causing so many problems that I have found myself playing postman (locally) so that I could make sure things actually arrived. What can I say I'm customer focused that or crazy. Most popular has been my bamboo baby gift sets there must be a lot of new babies and my zipper purses.

Don't forget that Made by Mum will have a stall at the Perth Christmas Market on Sunday the 19th from 11-5 Please come and say hi I will have 40 layers of clothing on, I am expecting it to be really cold.

Happy Friday.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Saturday Sewing or not

Way hey so last night I finely started doing some personal sewing I have been so looking forward to it. So there I was happy as Larry getting on with project number 1 when my very precious sewing machine started making a noise. Just typing that word makes me very nervous I had to stop and start to check her over I couldn't do anything. I felt so helpless. I am sorry if this sounds a little over dramatic but if you are a creative type i think you will understand. So I wavered about if I should send her for a service or not. I am worried about the weather and the road conditions because I need to send the machine to Edinburgh. So I got up with the intention of phoning to arrange collection and with the prospect of no sewing for at least 10 days and quite possibly longer. The courier was not able to give me a morning or afternoon time slot so I can't send the machine at all. But Pat at the sewing machine shop where I bought my machine gave me some pointers as to what I could try just to get through the Christmas period . I have been working on her for a while and I think the noise is not quite so bad. So gingerly I have been slow sewing and this is where I have got so far.
Happy Saturday.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Last Orders Please!!!!!!!

Hi everyone I have got to tell you I am feeling the pace this morning I have had a frantic week with my children's Christmas parties, play costumes, etc etc, anyway yesterday I thought I was just about there when I had some last minute custom orders from some wonderful overseas customers, I worked late last night getting them finished and posted today as it's the last day to post to the States. So now I am feeling it, but I can't stop just yet I have still got some prep to do for next weekends christmas market in Perth ( Sunday 19th 11-5) I am really looking forward to it I hope the weather is kind. So back to last orders I will be taking your orders until Saturday unless you are local and then I have a pile of sewing projects that I am itching to get on with for my own family and friends. I will keep you up to date with some pictures.
Happy Friday.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Dr Seuss Stocking fillers

Hi I thought you would like to see this scrummy order I just posted off I am very busy helping santa's elves. Anyway this soo soft set of bamboo washcloths is on its way to devon.
Just a little reminder that you have a few days left to place any orders for Christmas so be quick. I am also offering FREE POSTAGE to the UK including on my website for a limited time so please take advantage.

Made by Mum at Home

Good morning to you all it is still freezing up here but the show goes on. I wanted to tell you all about a little idea that is brewing in my head. This year I have done a couple of Made by Mum at home parties they have been great fun and very rewarding and then on Saturday I was asked by a lovely lady if I would be interested in letting other people sell my lovely products on commission? This made me start to think, I have not worked everything out as yet but I think it could be a great way of getting my work out there but keeping that personal feel that is soo important to me. So now I am looking for some very special people who would be interested in doing this, you could earn some money for yourself while being an at home Mum, sell to your workmates, friends and family even the local toddler or playgroups. The list of possible places and people is quite extensive and my products are so different and special that in the right peoples hands I think it could be a winner. If you are interested in talking to me about it or know someone who would be please get in touch by emailing me.

Happy wednesday.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Christmas Shopping, How are you Doing?

I am trying to be organised but the weather is not helping. I managed to buy a few gifts while I was at the Green Gallery at the weekend, but I still have quite a bit to do. From a business point of view I have noticed an increase in my mail orders as more of my customers are coming back to re order after purchasing from me earlier in the year. This is always wonderful as its like a big thumbs up for my products. It gives me a nice warm feeling inside. Its also nice to know that lots of people big and little will be opening my handmade goodies on Christmas morning.
If you need any help with gift ideas please let me know.
Happy Tuesday keep cosy.

P.S. I still have a few of my padded gift baskets. Fill them with all sorts of goodies, they are great as a baby basket with lots of my bamboo baby items and then use them after for toys, books, nappys etc. Or why not fill with smelly bath lovelies, some delicious Christmas food, your imagination is the limit.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Its still snowing

Good morning to you all, Up here in Perth the snow is coming down thick and fast and I am snowed under with orders. I was at the Green Gallery on Saturday and the adventure of getting there was well worth the effort. I had such a lovely time and when I got home I had many email enquiries for custom Christmas goodies. I have been sewing and sewing and taking a break to do cutting and pinning, its all go I love it. In between all of that I have been making a santa tunic for my little boys school play his teacher asked if I could help so on Friday I was given 2 santa sacks as my materials. Well I fudged and fiddled and just managed to make a tunic of sorts so I am pretty smug about it. Sorry no pictures because it is a bit of a secret to do with the play. Keep warm and please get in touch if you want to place an order I want to make sure I have enough time to get things to you.
Happy monday.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Green Gallery Update

Hi Everyone just wanted to give you a quick update on the Green gallery Christmas fair. Saturday and Sunday are on from 10-4, but ladies night has cancelled, what a shame.

Made by Mum Bamboo Baby Gift Sets

I have put some of my super soft bamboo baby products together to make up some lovely gift sets for special little babies. Each set comprises a bamboo bib, a pack of eco facial pads and 2 bamboo washcloths. They are available in all the fabrics you see and each set is a fabulous introductory price of only £15 plus £1.50 P&P You can of course add to the set with the addition of my bamboo changing mat, for only £30.00 plus £2.00 P&P.
Give something as unique as the child who will be using it knowing there are no two the same.
Happy Friday.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Green Gallery Christmas Fair

The Green Gallery Christmas fair is on so for all of you who have cabin fever, or want to do some Christmas shopping please come along. There will be a fantastic selection of handcrafted goodies and some lovely home baking to keep the cold out. I am going to try my hardest to be there on Friday night and Saturday. Hope to see you there.
Happy Thursday.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Christmas Shopping and the weather

If you are anything like me at the moment the idea of doing some Christmas shopping is a non starter with the weather the way it is and set to continue for as long as forecast can be done. But Christmas won't wait and do you really want the same old same old as we all buy each year because we are stuck. My solution is simple buy handcrafted and use the internet. Make sure the person who you buy from designed and made the item,( we don't want any cheap imports) crafters love you to ask questions we are so passionate about what we make. Telling the items story is one of the most enjoyable parts in my job. I love to chat with people about what I do it gives me a connection. So please consider handcrafted, and remember that if you have seen something that I make that is not listed on my website and are interested in finding out about it please drop me and email.
Happy Wednesday.

little update - I am due to have a stall at the Green Gallery Christmas fair this weekend, at present the fair is going ahead and I am going to make every effort to get there.

Custom Christmas Stocking

Today is day 3 of being stuck because of the snow so I am glad that I have some custom orders to keep me busy. I would like to show you one of my latest, its for a lovely lady that I met at the Country Living show she bought a few of my goodies at the show and then emailed me with this Christmassy request. I love the way it turned out so bright and cheery and because I have stuffed the toe and quilted the entire stocking it hangs beautifully no sagging I hope it is on display for the whole of the festive period.

Happy Tuesday.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Snowy Pictures

Just a quick post with some snowy pics.
Keep warm.

Custom Orders

I had a little order for some stocking gifts for a little boy so I made up a set of bamboo washcloths, a crayon roll and then I thought boys get pocket money too so I then sewed a few little zipper pouches in some funky boys fabrics, they are fully lined so should withstand coins and sent this picture to the lovely Mummy in question to choose which one. Well she bought all of them 1 for her Son and the rest to put into her present box, she is so organised that for the next 4 birthday parties she has it all sorted. A lesson to all of us, you usually end up spending less no more panic buying and the recipient gets a totally unique gift.

Happy Monday.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Cat in the Hat 3 for 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been thinking about the Cat in the Hat a bit this morning what with my footpath under several inches of snow so today I am going to have my 3 for 2 Cat in the Hat special offer. If you emil me an order of 2 packs of Dr Seuss Eco Facial pads or wash cloth sets before 10pm tonight I will give you a third pack free. They make fab stocking stuffers, secret santa gifts or something special for you. They are sure to raise a smile, who doesn't love Dr Seuss? So get your skates on first come first served and I have limited stock I am not going to have any further "specials" before christmas. Happy Snowy Sunday

Quick update - If you are still considering please don't wait too long my email if getting rather full.

Christmas Fair Pictures

Yesterday I was a Craigclowan for their annual Christmas Fair. There was a steady flow of customers all through with enough chance to chat which is always nice. The snow added to the christmassy feel and I really enjoyed myself. Happy Sunday.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Craigclowan Christmas Fair

Today I am preparing for the Christmas fair at Craigclowan, ( Edinburgh Road Perth) its between 10-2 on Sat 27th. If you have never been before its well worth a visit with plenty of parking a feast of yummy home baking and lots to entertain the kids, Santa will be visiting and their will be a selection of stalls to make christmas shopping a bit more enjoyable. I will be taking my full range of goodies including my bamboo bibs, eco facial pads, crayon rolls, fabric baskets and chef sets to name a few. I hope some of you can come entry is free and I would love to say Hi.
Happy Friday I am now off to bake some of my famous gingerbread to hand in.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

New Website !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi everyone drum roll please. My new website is launched i am sure I am going to have many teething problems but bare with me please. The address is
Go and have a visit and tell me what you think ,be gentle please.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

In the Pink

I sold out of my bamboo wash cloths so making more for this weekend's Christmas Fair at Craigclowan is top of the list. First up is some girly pink ones but I have lots of less girly, seasonal and boys fabrics and they are next.
Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Today is all about packing up Orders

I can't believe the response I have been getting since I came home from the Country Living fair. My email inbox is quite full. So today is all about making up orders, bibs have been top followed by crayon rolls and bamboo wash cloths. Dr Seuss is soo popular but I think I knew that already. happy Tuesday.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Something Exciting

Hi I want to let you all in on something I have been working on for a while. Made by Mum is going to have its very own website !!!
I can't believe it. I am soo excited. We are hoping to have it go live with a small selection of my products very soon.
Happy Monday.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Country living Pics

Hi just some quick pics for you today . Thanks so much to everyone who visited my little stand I really enjoyed chatting with you all. A big thank you to Maisie who sported one of my Bamboo bibs she was beautiful.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Nearly There

Well my feet are a little sore and I have nearly lost my voice, but what an experience the Country Living fair has been so far. I have spoken to soo many people. Thanks to all of you who have come and visited with me, all the encouraging comments, and sales of course have been fab. I am very much looking forward to getting home as I miss my family like you wouldn't believe I have so many cuddles and kisses to give. So one more day to go I will post a pic of my little stand when I get home. I have got a very quick turn around as I am off to Craigclowan Christmas fair on the 27th which I just love going to and then off to the Green Gallery the following week busy busy busy.
Happy Saturday.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside

Sorry for the lack of posts I have been under the weather. Talking of weather here in Perth it has been freezing, rain rain and more rain and really windy. So I have been snuggling under my snowman quilt, the perfect pick me up.
Happy Friday.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Cake Anyone?

Just a very brief post today I thought you might like to see something sweet and yummy but with zero calories and no guilt. A little selection of my eco facial pads made with gorgeous cupcake fabric.
Happy Tuesday.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Boys draw Too!

Have you noticed that handcrafted makers often leave boys out. It is so easy to make for girls and they are very well catered for but as a Mummy to 2 girls and 2 boys it can be difficult to get the boys something that they would like. So in the interests of fairness I hope my making reflects that boys also have birthdays, christmases, holidays etc etc. So for today I would like to show you hot of my sewing table a super fun crayon roll for little men. Packed with bright colours, retro cars, motor bikes and camper van What more could you ask for? sturdy quilted body? tick, gorgeous smelling new Crayola crayons? tick and of course a velcro closure because boys don't have time to fiddle with ribbons or buttons yuck.
Happy Friday.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Stocking Fillers

I have bee cutting out and working on a several crayon rolls. I think they should do well at my various craft events (fingers crossed). They have been so popular so far. Let me talk you through this one. I have chosen some lovely fresh prints in shades of green, pink, yellow and orange. Perfect for a girl but not too girlie, it has been quilted and has binding just like a mini quilt. And to finish it of a nice wide strap with velcro so that little fingers can be independent.

Some people who have bought my crayon rolls have used them for storing all sorts of things like make up brushes and tools. They make a really useful and unusual gift for someone special.
Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Eco Facial Pads some new prints

I have some new fabrics and I am excited to show you some of my Eco Facial Pads made up using them. They are just the most beautiful colours. I love them all.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Gift Baskets

Wondering about Christmas? I am always on the look out for unusual gifts that are not just for Christmas. Well what about these fabric gift baskets. You could fill them with handmade soaps, bath bombs etc or lots of lovely handmade yummy fudge , or cuddly toys or books or have me make them up as a baby gift basket with some bamboo bibs, eco facial pads, wash cloths etc. Or how about an art basket with paper, colouring in pages and one of my crayon rolls. The possibilities go on for ever. And after Christmas use them as smart storage in your little ons room.
Happy Monday.