Blog Spotlight: Mally Designs

After celebrating my one year blogging anniversary last month, I think that it is pretty cool that today I have the pleasure of introducing you to a small business who just celebrated their ten year anniversary in business. It is so great to hear from Nicole from Mally Designs, learn where she got started, some milestone accomplishments and the future goals she has for her business. Continue reading

Small Business: Numpfer

These organic multi-use bibs by Numpfer make me wish I had a newborn again, they are exactly what they say they are, a ‘Must-Have.’  Their super soft and absorbant terry cloth fabric is perfect for the delicate skin of your newborn baby.  Numpfer also makes loveable blankets out of an organic bamboo-cotton blend jersey fabric, similar to their bibs.  Their all white fabric is designed with a hint of your favorite color around the edge making their pieces so modern and timeless.
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A few months back, I came across Numpfer on Instagram, it didn’t take much browsing to fall in love with this local brand.  I very much enjoy following Sarah’s feed and discovering more about the Momma behind the business, as well as, the darling girl who inspired it all.  Sarah’s feed is filled with beautifully photographed shots of her products, her gorgeous daughter, and little bits of her everyday life.  Recently, I got in contact with Sarah and got to learn more about who she is and her motivation behind Numpfer.
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When I asked Sarah to tell me a little bit about herself, her response put a huge grin on my face.  I loved how much I felt like I could relate to Sarah, her honesty and openness is admired.  Sarah likes to be busy, she is constantly multi-tasking and can’t stay still for too long.  Though after a busy week Sarah looks forward to the weekend, the time that her little family gets to spend all together.  Sarah described a favorite past-time, she said, “I love going on very long walks around the city with a coffee in my stroller cup holder, that spills unless the cup is half full, and a croissant in my hand, that I usually share with my daughter.”  With Sarah’s busy body personality, love for the outdoors, and desire for simple, classic, and linear design she created a brand that truly represents who she is.
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The birth of Sarah’s daughter gave her motivation to start her unknown dream job.  Sarah said, “When my daughter was born, she was in the nursery for her first few days of life where she started feeding on a bottle and preferred the bottle. The hospital nurses always used washcloths as bibs, though very absorbent they didn’t reach all the way around her neck, resulting in a very wet outfit.”  After getting home from the hospital, Sarah looked around for a bib appropriate for bottle fed newborns, she found the market lacking.  Sarah decided if she was in need of this, than other parents probably needed it too.  It didn’t take her long to purchase some organic bamboo terry cloth from a local supplier and design a pattern that would tie around the side, while bunching around the chin for extra absorbency.  With this, Numpfer was born.  The Multi-Use Bibs were first, and the next logical step was blankets.
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Sarah opened her online shop in February 2014 and has also placed her product in a number of shops and boutiques.  It was a combination of stores seeking out Numpfer and Sarah seeking out stores that allowed Numpfer the store presence that it has today.  It’s true to say that introducing your product to a new business can be intimidating, but it is important to not be discouraged by a no or no reply.  “I look at it like photography,” said Sarah, “every photo you take is not going to result in the perfect shot, you have to take many to get one great one.”
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Sarah is very proud of each store that her products are placed in, and would love to continue to grow her brand through wholesale.  Sarah is currently promoting her brand by using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Sarah said that she finds Instagram to be the most effective as the community is incredible, she has met so many amazing and inspiring people through this forum.  I am encouraged by these words from Sarah, “I know that you need to love and believe in what you do and keep going regardless of the road blocks you may encounter.”

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Photography: Six Week Old Baby Boy Q

Last week I got to capture some moments of my close girlfriend, her husband, and their six week old baby boy.  My girlfriend has a love and passion for photography, and so when she asked me to take some pictures of her beautiful son I was both honored and nervous.  I wanted to capture these moments perfectly for her and her husband, to showcase the abundance of love they pour out over their son.  Although, my nerves faded once the photo-shoot began, they made it so easy for me, their love, smiles, and comfort for Baby Q was overflowing. I am so pleased to share these photographs of this sweet family with you.

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Small Business: Tiny Threads

On Christmas last year, my sister got me the cutest pair of custom made baby shoes, they even had her name on them.  I was so excited for her to grow bigger so they could fit her and she could wear them all the time.  When she grew into them they got a lot of love, almost every time we went out we put her Tiny Threads shoes on.  I was impressed with how durable they were and how well they stayed on my little ladies feet.  Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about Tiny Threads and how Melissa operates her small business.

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Melissa is a hardworking wife and momma, not only does she run a small business, but she also has three children that keep her on her toes.  Melissa has a small background in sewing from a high school class, though the majority of her skills are self taught.  When her daughter was four months old she decided to use her sewing skills and make a pair of baby shoes.  Melissa loved the outcome and decided to continue to make more for friends as gifts.  With much encouragement and thought Melissa made the decision to start publicly selling her shoes, from here her passion ignited.

Since starting Tiny Threads, Melissa has altered her original pattern and has made significant changes since her first pair for her daughter.  Once Melissa decided to start making shoes to sell, she perfected her pattern and was ready for retail.  Melissa said, “I would definitely call myself a perfectionist, so each shoe that is made has to be perfect.”

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Every pair of shoes is handmade by Melissa, she puts a lot of time, energy and love into each pair ensuring that every stitch is perfect.  The process begins by cutting out the specific size fabric for the each shoe, Tiny Threads has a wide range of shoe sizes for your babies and toddlers.  After cutting, comes ironing and then pinning.  With each shoe you get to choose a specific fabric for the outside and inside, Melissa pins these two fabrics together before beginning to sew.  This entire process takes Melissa about an hour and a half to complete one pair of shoes.  Tiny Threads also gives you the option to order your shoes with your child’s name written on the back and side tags.

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Fabrics, colours, and designs are all purchased according to popular requests.  Melissa loves hearing feedback from her customers, present and future, and caters to their needs.  Melissa mentioned, “I found that a great way to make my business successful is ensuring that my customers are 100% happy with their orders.”  It is very important to Melissa that she fulfills her customers special requests.

“Having my own business has been a real blessing in terms of working my own hours and allowing myself to be home with my kids, all the while absolutely loving what I do,” exclaimed Melissa.  It has been a real joy for Melissa to see her business take off and see children wearing her brand that she has never met.   Melissa would love for her brand to expand substantially, she is currently using Facebook and Instagram to market herself and has found much success in these social medias.

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Photography: Newborn Baby Boy Bloomfield

I was overwhelmed with joy yesterday, after hearing the news of my oldest sister bringing a beautiful baby boy into the world.  Not even one day old and I got to capture some precious moments of this strong passionate family uniting as one.  The love my sister and brother in law have for their first born son is so evident and radiates off them.  Little boy Bloomfield, with a head full of hair, is as cute and handsome as can be.  I have fallen in love with my darling little nephew.

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