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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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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