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Meet The Maker – Liberty Lane

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Remember that time I used to make Ruffles?

When I first started sewing again I was approached by a lovely lady who offered to share my Ruffles on her blog for me. She didn’t know me but she liked my product and kindly offered to help me out as I was slowly building my name and business. That lovely lady was Rebecca and Rebecca now has an amazing business of her own called Liberty Lane making personalised fabric bracelets, and I want to return the kind favour.

Rebecca’s bracelets come in a variety of beautiful fabrics making them unique and soft to wear, especially for children. She offers the addition of sterling silver beads and personalised hearts. A unique and special piece for children and adults alike.

Rebecca has also answered a few question for me about her new business venture and if you have been a long time handcrafted fan you may remember Rebecca’s previous venture which was Millirose hair accessories. Many years ago Rebecca made some special pieces for me for Trilly’s very first birthday!

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Everyone loves to know the story behind the name. Is there a reason behind yours?
The name Liberty Lane came from many hours of thought and ideas. I wanted to use the word Liberty (as this is name of the fabric range I use for my bracelets) so that was a given. We happen to live up a Lane, so I thought it was fitting to use both together.
What is your inspiration behind the business?
The main inspiration for starting my business is a combination of the love of making/designing something pretty and the love of starting something out of nothing. I really enjoy building on a small idea until it is ready to make, launch and market. I guess my friends and family would say I have an entrepreneurial spirit!  
 
What is your background before launching Liberty Lane?
Well, at the end of this month, I will be celebrating 10 years as a stay at home Mum. I really cannot believe it has been that long! During those 10 years, I have always had a small business to work on that is just mine. It gives me a way of using my creativity and business brain alongside enjoying bringing up my children.
If you weren’t doing this right now, what would you be doing instead?
‘Work wise’ I am actually really loving the challenge of photographing my products for EtsyFacebook and Instagram and I would be keen to explore that more.
‘Play wise’ I would be at the beach in the sun with my family!
What tips can you offer to anyone considering launching their own business?
* Research and as boring as it sounds, make a plan, that way if it gets tough you have that plan and inspiration to fall back on.
* Team up with someone who is on the same page as you are
* Only listen to those who will encourage and inspire you
 
Dream it, Plan it, Do it!
Business life and home life can be a juggling act, how do you take time to relax?
It sure can be a juggle! I think us Mums learn how to be very clever in our use of time. I like to be extremely organised and take moments to relax as I can. I seem to be very good at grabbing a second now and then and making the most of it. I read a lot to my kids and I find this really relaxing. I also like to fit in a run when I can as this gives me time to plan, think and de-stress.
Do you have a favourite product of your own from your range?
I have really grown to adore hand stamping and so my favourite would be the wrap bracelets with the sterling silver hand stamped hearts. I love how the hand stamping really personalises the bracelet and makes each piece special.
Where do you see Liberty Lane in 5 years time?
I would love to be still making Liberty bracelets in 5 years time. The Liberty fabric ranges are timeless and I can imagine I will be doing this for a good long while. I have a love for floral prints and sterling silver and combining the both has been my dream!
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Don’t forget you can find Liberty Lane on Facebook, Etsy and Instagram.
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How To Make Your Own Canopy In 10 Minutes

 

Ever since I posted a picture of Miss’s room a few people asked where the canopy over her bed was from and since I made it myself I promised an easy tutorial on how you can too, and it honestly takes 10 minutes.

You will need a sheer curtain, Pom Pom trim (4m / optional), a length of dowel and rope to hang

 

I used this sheer curtain from The Warehouse. I find the size works well and you would not want to use one any smaller as you will be halving the width of it. My Pom Pom trim is from NZ Craft Products online and you don’t have to add a trim but I’m a fancy tart so I like the little extra detail. I chose hemp rope for hanging which I found at Bunnings (in the plumbing section). You will need a length of 20-25mm dowel depending on the pocket of your canopy. I bought a whole length and cut it to size, mine is 68cm long.

 

You will also need a sewing machine and white cotton.

Sew along the arrows to create your pocket

To start remove tags from curtain! Then fold your curtain in half width wise. Your curtain tape will still be at the top and your hem is already done for you at the bottom. Straight stitch along the top and bottom of the curtain tape (see arrows) to create your pocket to hang your canopy.

Snip a hole at the fold

You need to snip a hole at the fold to allow your dowel to thread through. Don’t worry about the untidiness, no one will see it. Snip between the two line of straight stitch, careful not to snip your stitching.

You could skip the next step of adding the trim and finish off your canopy here if you like, just skip to the end steps.


Add your chosen trim, mine is Pom poms, along the open edges of the canopy. Make sure you don’t stitch your pocket closed!



Thread your canopy onto the dowel through the pocket. Evenly space out the gathering and attach your rope or ribbon to hang.

Done!

I have added a custom made feather mobile from OOAK Designs NZ and some seed lights from Kmart to Miss’s.

Easter : Beyond the Chocolate Gift Ideas

Our Easter is full of traditions. Mainly family focused traditions but it is one of those holidays I love to celebrate.

Our girls go to a Catholic school and I do enjoy the fact that they are taught Easter is about more than just chocolate but that’s not to say our Easter doesn’t feature a lot of this also. We celebrate with a big lunch every year at my in laws which includes an egg hunt to rival many others. It is an absolute chocolate overload, and I bloody love it. I’m actually a wee bit disappointed to miss it this year in favour of cocktails on a boat, just a wee bit.

While the Easter egg hunt tradition is drawn from my husbands side, growing up in my house we celebrated Easter minus the chocolate. It was an extra cost that wasn’t afforded in our house but with 7 siblings it wasn’t missed. I think we just enjoyed the days of school and the ability to band together to cause terror at home, and hot cross buns with butter for breakfast.  I do remember being pretty pleased if we scored a pack of caramel cuties to share and a fluffy yellow chick.

I like the idea of combining our experiences for our girls and including a wee gift or keepsake that isn’t chocolate based every now and again. One year we got our own special egg cups each. Our beliefs do not have to be your beliefs but with Easter just round the corner I thought it would be nice to show you all a few Easter cuties that aren’t chocolate.

Dress Ups and Fun:

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Bunny Helmet Covers, Umbrella, Dress Up Sets, Gift Card and Bag from Cotton On. Grey Bunny Mask from Mini Made NZ

 

Bunny Helmet Covers, Umbrella, Dress Up Sets, Gift Card and Bag from Cotton On

Mini Made NZ Grey Bunny Mask available HERE

Toys and Collectibles:

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Clockwise from Top Left: Claire LeBlonde Bunny Dolls, Velour Bunny Hoods by Gallop Handcrafted, Easter edition Dolls by Fiveplus5, Limited edition Itsybel Bunny Dolls, Bunny Peg Dolls handmade by KP Designs.

Claire LeBlonde Designs Heirloom Bunny Dolls available from her Website

Gallop Handcrafted Velour Bunny hoods available from her Facebook Page

Fiveplus5 Easter Edition Dolls available HERE

Itsybel Dolls by Catherine of Burrow and Be are a gorgeous wee creative side project for Catherine and available through contacting on Facebook or Instagram.

KP Designs Bunny Peg Dolls are all hand painted and available on their Website

 

 

Clothes and Accessories:

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Left: Owl & Monkey Tees. Top Right: Mox. Tees and Onesies. Bottom Right: Willow Boutique Pj’s

 

Owl & Monkey  Tees and Onesies, available for preorder HERE

MOX. Easter Edition Onesies and Tees. Onesies available HERE and Tees HERE.

Willow Boutique PJ’s Available HERE.

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Clockwise From Top Left: Cute Girly Things Easter Gift Sets, Silver Pendant from KJ Designs, Ess & Elle Hair ties trio, Arch N Ollie Bunny ears from Jaxon Rose and KatyB Jewellery Bunny Necklace.

 

Cute Girl Things Easter gift sets available HERE.

KJ Designs silver pendant available via their Website.

Ess & Elle hair tie trio available on their Website.

Arch n Ollie Lace Bunny Ears available from Jaxon Rose Store.

KatyB Jewellery Bunny necklace available HERE.

For The Hunt:

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Top: Hunt Bags from Just Sew. Bottom: Personalised Easter bags from Willow Boutique and Bunny markers from Love From Seventeen

Just Sew hunt bags available HERE

Willow Boutique personalised Easter bags available HERE

Love From Seventeen bunny markers available HERE

For The Table:

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Bunny Straw Decorations from Love From Seventeen. Plate and Cup from Pop Roc Parties

Love From Seventeen Bunny straw decorations available HERE

Pop Roc Parties Easter Tableware available HERE

 

There is so many more things I could include but this is just a snippet from a few of our favourite stores and handmaidens.

Mel x

Into The Woods

 

Trilly is madly in love with her tea set she received for Christmas and if I ever can’t find her she will normally be hiding in a duvet kingdom sharing tea with her ‘friends’. I am in love with this kids imagination. She draws her technology curious older sister into her world of fairy tales all the time and to watch their childhood play unfold is magic in itself.

Trilly wanted a tea party in the woods so this week that’s what we did.

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Red Cape and Wolf Hood from Gallop – Handcrafted Hobby Horses.

Heirloom Dolls from Claire LeBlond Design available from her Website.

Miss wears Dress from H&M NZ and Cotton On Kids Booties.

Trilly wears a skirt I made over a year ago and Boots from Bobux.

Tea Set from Santa.

 

Brow Game Strong – Feather Touch Brow Design By Katrina Williams

Last Tuesday I visited Kat from Katrina Williams Feather Touch Brow Design at her clinic to have my brows micro-bladed which is essentially tattooed. A blade of sorts is used and pigment is added into the skin. It is called semi-permanent and my understanding is it will grow and fade out over time requiring another touch up session eventually.

Many people have asked about the process since I mentioned I had had the procedure done so I’ve got pictures and a run down coming right up!

When I first arrived Kat sat me down and talked me through the process, from how she decides the brown shape and colour right down to how the actual blading works. Any questions I had she answered. She explained how she photographs your brows lying down with your eyes shut to show the symmetry because your face changes and moves with your eyes open and normal facial movement. She also told me not everyone is a good match for micro-blading and there is a few criteria that means it may not be the best option for you because of this you are required to fill in a medical form before your session. I liked that Kat was more focused on whether it was a fit for my skin than whether she went through with the session and she told me she has had to turn people away because it would not have been professional to proceed.

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The Process: Before, Design drafted, During, Straight after.
The brow design is very scientific, you can’t just show her a pinterest pic and expect to get it. Your natural face and brow shape needs to be carefully looked at and there are mini callipers involved, multiple measurements and numerous photos taken to ensure perfection. If there is one thing you can count on it is that Kat will never give anything more than her perfect best. If Kat is unhappy with anything she will not commit to it and will not let you either. Trust her with your colour choice, despite what colour you currently fill your brows in with Kat is working with your natural face and the brows looking natural is her biggest concern.

I did get to look at some of her starting patterns incase one of them appealed more to me than another for the beginning inner edge of my brows but I can honestly say I’ve never studied brows enough to realise peoples are different! I entrusted Kat with this decision wholeheartedly.

Kat DOES NOT use anaesthetic cream for the first blade strokes of your brows. You heard me, no numbing cream for the start. It is not horrendously painful but it also not a tickle. I rated it about a 5/10. When I asked Kat why she doesn’t numb the area like some others she told me that the anaesthetic cream can cause the area to swell and this means the blade strokes would not be as fine as they could be. Made sense. The finer the strokes the more hair like they appear because hair is very fine, right. It’s hard to describe how the blading feels, it sort of feels exactly how it sounds, like a blade. A stroke doesn’t take long and I can compare it to how it feels when you have your brows waxed and they pull it off. After the initial strokes Kat will apply the cream and you will not feel the rest of the filling in. It is completely painless.

Side note, my right brow seems to be a cluster of nerve endings that meant I sneezed with every stroke! Kat told me that isn’t uncommon which made me feel a wee bit better about the fact she had to stop in-between every stroke to allow me to sneeze! My right brow was also a touch more sensitive than my left meaning I felt the strokes a bit more before the area was numbed.

Kat is pedantic in her after care. The healing process has to be looked after. She sends you on your way with a tiny pot of aftercare cream and a sheet of instructions. She also handily includes a picture guide of what you can expect during the process which is handy when your brows start to get patchy and flake, and you have to double think what you’ve done to your face! She talks you through the importance of a finishing session and warns you of how your brows will change as they heal.

I am a week post session now and I *think* my brows are settling down again. I love them and definitely don’t regret the process so far.

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3 days post – 5 days post and the peeling flaky stage – 7 days post

Kat works from her clinic – Porcelain Beauty – located in Morrinsville, and can be found on Facebook and Instagram. You can also contact her via call or text 0220693390.

Sessions start at $299 each and you will need at least two.

I will update my final session and healing once done in a month or so.

Mel x

 

 

WIN New Kicks With Bobux

 

 

The Bobux KID+ range is for kids taking the next step in their development. Whether they are running or jumping, climbing or chasing, kids need shoes that allow them to push the boundaries and get active – all while supporting their natural foot development. Enter KID+, the new Bobux range of sneakers, sandals and more for kids up to 8 years old.

A few weeks back the girls and I were privileged to be invited to the launch of Bobux’s  new Kids+ Range. This range caters for children up to size 33 which they say is roughly 8 years however Miss is 10 in July and also fitted the biggest size.

Miss trying on Rascal Misty Silver. Trilly wearing Aktiv Plus Blush/Black Brush.
 
The range is fresh and the designs are kid friendly while being fun and on trend. Miss was easily pleased with the metallic sneakers and Trilly being a bit younger was all over the adorable animal designs. Every pair of Bobux shoes are podiatrist endorsed meaning you can be confident you are doing the best by your kids feet.

The girls put their new kicks through their paces thanks to the fun afternoon of Indoor Rock Climbing, I probably couldn’t think of a better way to test out new shoes.

Bobux has kindly given us TWO pairs of shoes to giveaway to two of you, and the best part is, it’s your choice!

I don’t envy anyone having to choose because after previewing the range I could have taken almost all of them home with us. There really is a pair to please anyone.

To ENTER simply jump onto the Bobux website, decide on your favourites and then fill in the form below.

 

 

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Shoes Shown L-R: Blaze Plus Lo Zebra Grey, Aktiv Plus Blush/Black Brush, Shimmer Black Gloss Boot, Sway Bordeaux Boot, Rascal Misty Silver, Bass Gold.
Competition Terms and Conditions: By entering this competition you are giving permission to be added to the Bobux email newsletter. Prize is in the form of 2x $100 Bobux vouchers to be given to 2 separate winners. Prize will be sent directly to winner by Bobux. Competition is open to NZ residents only. Winners will be chosen at random and announced Monday 13th March
>>COMPETITION CLOSED<<

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Capsule Wardrobe: My Girls Mix ‘n’ Match Picks for Autumn + GIVEAWAY

The internet tells me the definition of a Capsule Wardrobe is as follows;

‘….a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.’

I am seeing talks and discussions about capsule wardrobes and minimizing our lives in general all over social media at the moment. There are groups dedicated to the movement of minimalism. They offer insight and advice about thinking more about what we add to our lives and wardrobes, about buying less, and planning our purchases rather than buying impulsively.

A Capsule Wardrobe to me as an adult is about clothes in colours that compliment my complexion, flatter my body shape, work in with the ‘on trend’ pieces I will buy and only wear for a season but most importantly pieces I love and will continue to reach for year after year.

For my girls a Capsule Wardrobe is more basic. Long sleeves and pants for the cooler months, shorts and tees for the warmer months, a special occasion dress, a warm jacket for winter and a light cardi for summer nights etc. I don’t mind if they are ‘on trend’ or ‘classic’ because by next year we need to start again in new sizes anyway but for that reason alone I need the options to be affordable. I just want my girls to put on their clothing and love them. I want them to put them on and be confident. I want them to wear them and be happy.

I am far past the stage of laying my children’s clothes out for them the night before, they probably wouldn’t wear my choices anyway! My girls are at an age where what they choose to wear is a part of their personality. A way they display themselves to the world and let their inner selves shine through.  I love how they are both so different yet so determined in their style so with my list of capsule basics, they refilled their Autumn wardrobe their way!

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Long Pants (Skinny Slash Jeans $19)-Tick!  Tran-seasonal Cardi ( Longline Knit Hoodie Cardigan $25)-Tick!

 

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I’m an absolute sucker for a little Matchy Matchy and a snuggly hoodie is a wardrobe must for my two. Miss wears Pull Over Hoodie Grey Marle (8-16) $15 and Skinny Slash Jeans. Trilly wears Pull Over Hoodie Light Grey (3-7) $12 and 7/8 All Over Print Leggings Light Pink $8

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Trilly is all about pink and unicorns so when she saw these it was love at first sight. Ticking my boxes for cozy pants (All Over Print Jogger Fit Trackpants Light Pink $12) and long sleeve (Long Sleeve Front Print Tee $5).

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Fun Long Sleeve Tees and Jeans are their go to for cooler months as well as mine! Trilly wears Long Sleeve Front Print Tee $5 and Boyfriend Patch Jeans $15. Miss wears Long Sleeve Front Print Tee $6 and Stretch Jeggings with Pocket $17.

2Hello Throwback to my childhood! Miss wears it with more spunk than I ever did though. Maybe she’ll start collecting iron on patches like I did? She definitely loves this get up! Jeans: Skinny Badge Jeans $25 Tee: Crew Neck Badge Tee $15.

 

And, I may have slipped in a little something for me because it ticked my points too.

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‘Mum Uniform’ on point! I’m a big blush pink fan and adore a comfy yet cute pair of flats. Jeans: Amco Women’s Plain Skinny Jeans $25 Knit: Garage Lace Up Back Jumper $25 Flats: Debut Enzoi Ballet Flats $25.

* ENTER TO WIN*: All parents can appreciate a little extra so simply let me know below what you’d put a $50 The Warehouse voucher towards and it could be all yours! 

This post has been sponsored by The Warehouse. All opinions are my own.

Our Affordable Fashion Finds For Girls This Summer

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If you have been following us for a while you will know that the struggle to dress my girls is real! I want affordable. I want age appropriate. I want my girls to feel good and explore their own sense of style but I want to be comfortable with their choices. Now Summer is just around the corner and with two kids that grow like a couple of weeds we decided to check out The Warehouse to see what they had on fashionable offer for the warmer months.

I can never argue with The Warehouse’s price and you can always guarantee you are going to get more bang for your buck. The Warehouse has always been my go to for the basics but more recently the girls have been spotting more and more things that they adore so for this trip I let them go for it, with the odd bit of guidance size wise and a bit of shoe direction from my Mum the clothing choices were all them.

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The old faithful denim and tee: My girls spend most of their summer in shorts and tee’s. It’s their go to. Comfortable and easy to run around in. Miss beelined it straight to the denim cutoffs and settled on the cute lace trimmed pair and the cool black acid wash pair, paired with some breezy tank tees she’s good to go.

Trilly decided on a pink rolled cuff pair and some cute black ones with embroidery detail. A twin pair of tank tees and an adorable tee will see her set for the basics.

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The floaty summer dress: Both my girls love a good dress but if it doesn’t spin it must float. These floaty chiffon dresses are perfect and the asymmetrical hemline is a favourite with my two.

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The mini fashionista: Miss has her own idea of style. She’s not a little girl anymore but she’s not quite a ‘big girl’ either, she’s in between. I love that she chose this striped midi dress and chose to team it with this super cute lace crop top which to me makes it a stylish and appropriate outfit for her age.

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The Sandal not Jandal: It has the slip on ease of a jandal but a bit more dressy. It’s easy to wear and perfectly on trend. A bargain at $10 these are a new go to and came in both the girls sizes.

A haul this size has Miss & Trilly’s summer wardrobe in a really good place and my wallet couldn’t be happier with the price. I don’t think it has to be expensive to dress our kids well we just have to be smart about it. All items pictured are from The Warehouse, where possible I have included the online links otherwise you can find them in stores today.

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This post has been sponsored by The Warehouse. All opinions are my own.

Pigtail Warfare

When I was in third form I used to favour wearing my hair a particular way. It was center parted and then tied back into half pony tails. I did this for a couple of reasons; my mum had always done my hair this way, I was growing out a fringe and this meant I could tie the shorter bits back and someone had once commented I had a long skinny neck and wearing the back of my hair out helped with my self consciousness on that issue. 

One day a friend and I got into a disagreement. I’m not sure who threw the first ‘punch’ but as 13 year olds our Arsenal was limited and I told her her fringe was stupid and she told me my hair made me look like baby spice. You’ll have to rewind to being a 13 yr old in the year 2000 to understand this was highly insulting. The spice girls were no longer cool. I was mortified and I never wore my hair that way again. 

The feeling of that one comment as trivial as it was is something you don’t forget. It was essentially a strike at my appearance and in hindsight my comment to my friend had similar repercussions because I can recall she wore her fringe clipped to the side for the few weeks to follow. We never admitted to one another the hurt we had caused each other and as girls do our fight was quickly forgotten however the fall out was not because whether it was a conscious decision or not we both proceeded to change our appearance after that. 

This morning Miss asked me to tie her hair up in two pigtails, infact she also wore her hair that way yesterday. This morning when I walked her to class however a girl from another class commented that ‘pigtails are so dumb’ as we walked passed. The comment was not said directly to Miss but there was no one else with pigtails around in that moment, the direction was obvious to Miss and myself. I had to contain my potty mouth as I was taken back to my hurt 13 yr old self and felt my heart plunge as Miss looked up at me. Once in class Miss asked me to take her hair out and change it to a pony tail. This was not a time to argue that she stand her ground and that her pig tails were fine, this was a time of silent commiseration as I took her hair out of the hair ties and redid it into one. This was a time for me to hug her and reply ok as she told me she will never wear pigtails again. 

The point of my ramblings and the question I ask is this, why is it so ingrained in girls even at such a young age to comment on and attack another’s appearance? Why is it so easy for us at any age to pass judgement on another for how they look, dress or present themselves with no thought of the impact of our commentary? 

I was raised not to be so callous yet as a 13 yr old girl it was my first call of defense despite having been subjected to it personally myself. How can we teach our girls to see past the outside and to encourage them to support and love the inner beauty of a fellow sister?