Sometimes things get crazy

And that’s what happened, busy became busier and so on and on until I had no time for this blog anymore.
But I’m back, have time planned out and now all I need is you.
Let me know what it is you want to know. Anything about starting a label, getting going etc. Leave a comment and we will go from there.

Australia post prices have increased

Just a quick message to anyone who currently sells online or is thinking of selling via an e store.

Australia Post has increased it’s postage fees. Make sure you check what you are charging for postage and see that you are still covered. Their online calculater will help you determine basic prices for your goods.

Time (or lack thereof) and priorities

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about time. And priorities.

I swapped from working freelance to going back to full time work. At first it was a struggle but soon I had a system worked out and I managed to fit in most of what I wanted to. But then my work moved. So I’ve gone from a quick twenty minute bike ride to work to over an hour and half sometimes 2 hours each way every day.

It’s the time equivalent of losing a day a week.

It has totally thrown out all my time and I’m struggling big time. My house looks like a small tornado has gone through it, the centre for disease control may soon be coming to confiscate my kitchen, the washing is piling up and that’s nothing compared to the mountain of work for my own business that is currently being neglected.

Just in case all this wasn’t enough of a disaster, yesterday I signed up for a 10km run in May. It’s an event I did last year and I found it so crazy inspiring that it is often the only thing that keeps me going when I’m out trying to run.

So how am I going to fit all this in?

Honestly I’m not sure, but one thing I do know is that none of it will happen if I don’t get some structure and organisation into my routine.

So tonight that pile of washing is getting sorted and into the machine, the kitchen will be tackled and this weekend I will re stock the freezer filled with healthy soups and meals to make the night time meal easier.

Then I’ll move onto the paperwork and needs of the business and fingers crossed with some hard work by next week I’ll be more organised and be able to fit in having a functioning house, a workable business, the day job and the all important training for the run!

Getting started

The beginning of 2013 is flying by already. Many people are already bemoaning their lack of will power to follow through on their New Years resolutions and are letting all good intentions fall by the wayside as they think its too late.

You know what?

It’s never too late.

All you have to do is start. That’s all. Pick a goal and step by step little by little make it happen.

I’ve got a few big goals for this year for my business and a few other ideas I’m working on.

So I wrote out everything that I wanted. Then I picked one thing, broke it down into the steps I need to do to ensure it will work effectively. Once that was done it was like a little road map. I follow the steps, improve when I come up with better ideas but all going well my first big business goal of the year will be achieved by the end of January.

All it took was a little bit of planning and getting started.

So over this long weekend, grab yourself a notebook and start writing down your business goals. Make a plan and get started. Big or small it doesn’t matter what does matter is the getting started bit.

Counting down

I’m in serious count down mode, and not it’s not for Christmas. I’m counting down till 5pm Friday when my day job finishes and I get a wonderful 5 days off!

Now these 5 days are going to be filled with cycling, running, cooking and of course Christmas but a large portion of them is going to be dedicated to 2013.


Well because I am determined to make 2013 the best year yet for my business and to do that I need some serious planning, some learning of new skills and some action plans put into place so that I can hit the ground running.

While everyone else is still in the post Christmas, New Year hangover I intend to be organised and making my business work smarter.

So during your holiday period why not set aside some time and dedicate it to your business? Make some plans, write some lists and get started on those New Years resolutions early!

Happy Holidays!

Christmas and how you spend your dollars

Christmas, not only is it coming faster and faster each year, the retail push to spend, spend spend is increasing.

But before you pop down to your local big name retailer this Christmas have a look at the alternatives. Namely people like yourselves who are trying to get their small businesses started.

A solid Christmas sale can mean so much to an independent label. Not only is it valuable money the morale and confidence boost it can offer is far greater.

So take a look at


local markets (the Sydney Morning Herald has a quick round up across all states here)

and your local independent stores. You will find individual gifts that can be so much more exciting than the bland big corporate offerings.

So take a look around and see if you can make this Christmas a handmade Christmas.

image via etsy

Workshops with Home Industry

Our friends at home industry are doing a series of workshops to help teach people the basics of upholstery.

Their first workshop last weekend was a great success.


They have another one coming up this weekend so get in touch if you’d like to learn some new skills.

Taking the etsy taste test and what it can teach you

I’m trying hard to make more of my purchases from independent designers/makers and crafters.
With so many people from across the world supporting my small business I feel I should return the favour as often as I am able.
One of my favorite places to make purchases is etsy. While it can be a treasure trove of wonder it is hard to wade through or the less than inspiring designs and objects for sale.
Recently I have discovered their taste test tool. From a selection of images you select 9 which you like. This then generates into pages of goods for you to peruse.
The first night I did it was a bit dangerous for my bank account as I found this


 From FableandLore
And after that decided I should look and not buy just yet until I save up a wish list of special items.
Not only is it fun for shopping I think it’s a great way to connect with your target market. Take the test as if you are your target market and see what it suggests. Are there plenty of designers who’s offering is similar to your yours? Are you under or over pricing yourself?
So take the taste test and do some research ….and perhaps some shopping too?

I’m still here

It’s been a busy year! packed so much in and still so much more to do before December.

One of the reasons I’ve been so busy is I’ve gone back to full time work. After many years of working freelance and building my own label an opportunity came up that made me think “I’ll try that!” and so I have been. As with all jobs it has it’s ups and down but I enjoy it, I am learning from it and I still have time to work on my own label. Sadly the biggest downside is that I am neglecting this poor blog.

So I am trying to address that and be here more often. It might be infrequent but I am attempting to get my equilibrium back and share information here to help all of you striking out on your own to start your own labels.

For all those who have gotten in touch to ask for more posts, thank you! I love sharing my knowledge and knowing that it is truly helping people really makes me smile.

Hong Kong Fabric markets – Sham Shui Po

Hong Kong fabric and trims markets is choc o block filled to the rafters with fabrics, zips, buttons, trims and just absolutely everything you think you might need to get garments made.

It also has it’s own wikipedia page see here and a cute write up with fabulous photos was recently posted on the Polkaros blog. Photos from Polkaros