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Alexandra Yount – Teen Sewer Extraordinaire!  How cool is that for a title?! And that’s  exactly who this week’s blog interview is with! Ally Sews is the name of the business run by Alexandra, making some of the cutest modern dolls clothes I’ve ever seen!  I bought a set of dresses myself for my daughters Christmas gift and I was thrilled with them – the quality, style and workmanship. Read on to find out more about this talented young business woman!

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 Alexandra,what are 5 things we might not know about you?
1. I try out every hobby there is. I’ve made jewelry, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, tried doll making…I need to stick to sewing!!
2. I’m a crazy Taylor swift fan.
3. I sew way too much. My eyes sometimes start to hurt ?
4. I have enough fabric to open a store.
5. I’m from Texas

How would you define your personal style?
Simple, I love dresses!

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What is your inspiration, or what triggered this business idea for you?  
I love sewing, and was also a long-time etsy shopper, so I decided to see if I could open a shop and I did! ? My little brothers and sisters inspire me the most.

What do you love most about what you do?

Seeing dolls and little kids all around the world wearing things I’ve made ☺❤

What do you love most to do with your family/friends? 

I have lots of little brothers, sisters and nieces, I can use them as models and test new ideas on them. ?

What is your idea of an ideal day?
Get as much sewing done as I can and try not to get too distracted. (ahem…Instagram).

What’s a goal for your business in 2016?
Hit 1000 sales!

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Where can we find you?
You can find me on Instagram and Facebook! @allysews + Ally Sews

Check out all of Alexandra’s gorgeous and teensy tiny creations on her social media accounts (and on her website www.allysews.etsy.com)

 

This interview has been brought to you by Keneena from Kablooie Store!  Check out my other interviews and blog posts, and come visit me on Instagram (www.instagram.com/kablooiestore) or my online store (www.kablooiestore.com)! ❤️

 

Colour Crush!!

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I love colour!!  I love wearing it, and I love creating colourful things that are just a bit quirky and fun.  Every time I discover a another store making things I LOVE I do a little happy dance …in my head if I’m in public!

This month, I’m featuring a selection of stores selling fun, colourful and quirky products for kids – clothing, accessories, decor and gifts!  Each of these makers has a gorgeous individual style and brings such creativity and originality to the product they make and sell (or source).

Check out my Colour Crush selection here!  I know there are so many more shops I haven’t discovered yet.  Do you have some favourites you think I’d love?  Let me know in the comments, or drop me a line on Instagram or Facebook!  Thanks so much for reading!

Keneena xx

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Insta business Spotlight : Lucas Loves Cars

Have you ever tried searching for the perfect kids toys and just can’t seem to find them? This frustration was part of the inspiration behind my latest Insta biz in the spotlight – Lucas Loves Cars!  Helle Warming has created an amazing little world in Lucas Loves Cars (one my kids would never want to leave! ?).  She’s gathered gathered an incredible range of high quality toys for car and truck lovers.  Today we find about more about the amazing mum behind this business!
⚡️Helle, what are 5 things we might not know about you?

I have an Engineering degree, I have a son named Lucas, I don’t like coffee flavoured anything except coffee. I recently decided to go public that I hate champagne. I can’t count to 5.

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⚡️How would you define your personal style?

Usually it’s whatever I can find which then means sometimes it feels like daggy Mummy style, other days I’m rocking it! (I think)

⚡️Household style?

Minimalism if I could get rid of all the stuff!

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⚡️ What is your inspiration, or what triggered this business idea for you?

I have a son named Lucas – who loves cars. That’s basically it. Couldn’t understand why there were no stores for boys toys. There are so many gorgeous quality gifts and toys out there for little boys, but never at the stores I went to. Oh, and I was sick of toys always breaking!

I now know Mums of girls who love trucks were also frustrated by the same issue.
⚡️ Helle, what do you love most about what you do?

Finding gorgeous products that I think the kids and mums will love. Then sending presents out to people! I feel like Santa.

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⚡️What do you love to do with your son?

Well of course we play cars, we like to wash our cars, we make a car wash and they line up and stop for petrol too. Some days we play dinosaurs, making up fun stories and Roaring around the house. Outside we play cricket or footy.
⚡️What is your idea of an ideal day?

A productive day at work, then pick up Lucas, play and chat and then family dinner. Little things make me happy, like not having to cook and watching Lucas playing.
⚡️What’s a goal for your business in 2016?

I have a big project I’m not sharing, but on top of that I’m working hard on gathering more fabulous products (so exciting) and spreading the word about our online store, which means Instagram, photos and working with other awesome businesses.
⚡️Where can we find you?

www.lucaslovescars.com.au
www.instagram.com/lucaslovescars
www.facebook.com/lucaslovescars

Be sure to go have a browse online at Lucas Loves Cars, on the website or social media – you’re sure to find something you and your kids will love!

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brought to you by Keneena, owner of Kablooie Store (www.kablooiestore.com)

Kablooie Mother's Day Gift Guide

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So how many of you mums would love to pick out your perfect Mother’s Day gift? We all love those hand drawn, glitter covered crafts we get handed on Mother’s Day – but how cool would it be to also get an awesome gift handmade or handpicked by a small Australian mum run business?

I’ve curated some of the best I’ve found for you to browse through, and many of them are offering Some very special savings – just for kablooie VIPs! What are you waiting for, get shopping!!

To download your free copy , click here!

Kablooie Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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So how many of you mums would love to pick out your perfect Mother’s Day gift? We all love those hand drawn, glitter covered crafts we get handed on Mother’s Day – but how cool would it be to also get an awesome gift handmade or handpicked by a small Australian mum run business?

I’ve curated some of the best I’ve found for you to browse through, and many of them are offering Some very special savings – just for kablooie VIPs! What are you waiting for, get shopping!!

To download your free copy , click here!

Insta-biz Spotlight – Whimsy Woods

THIS WEEK ON THE KABLOOIE BLOG… @whimsywoods

I never realised how much I loved the world of doll houses and miniature things til I discovered Jennifer Macfarlane’s business – Whimsy Woods!  Scrolling through Jennifer’s Instagram Feed is like an enchanted walk through a miniature world.

Jennifer is a busy and clever mumma who, in between caring for young kids and her busy life, manages to spend time completely renovating doll houses and their furniture and creating the most amazing on trend and personalised decor for it. Read on to find out more….

1 Tell us 5 things about you that we might not know!

– I am a Canadian Australian, I moved here 8 years ago in search of an endless summer. It’s way too cold in Canada!
– I have been a Registered Nurse for 13 years. After having my daughter I decided I wanted to get away from the crazy stressful career and chase a bit of a creative dream.
– I have two little ones. My son is 3 1/2 and my daughter is 1 1/2. They keep me very busy!!! We also have 2 dogs and three chickens!!!
– All of my work is done after 7:30 pm or at nap times!!! One tired mum here!!
– Some of my favourite things to do are: travel, scuba dive, creating things and sleep! lol

 

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2 Tell us about your personal style….

My personal style is relaxed and beachy…. maybe it’s more like frumpy mum?!! You don’t catch me in heels and skirts very often!

3 How about household style?

My household style is rustic, beachy and a hint of tropical. We live in a house that backs onto rainforest so our natural surroundings really inspired my interior decor. There’s a lot of natural and neutral in our house.

 

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4 what is your inspiration, or what triggered Whimsy Woods?

I started refinishing vintage furniture and had a plan to give things a whimsical twist for children’s rooms. I happened to have a doll house that I just quickly did up to sell (nothing special) and I had soo many people who wanted to buy it. I then did a second one and had people lined up for that one as well. So it all went from there. With each house, I ended up having so much encouragement and interest that I set my focus on developing a business plan around doll houses and decor. It was before doll house renovations became a massive thing! I didn’t even have Instagram at that point either.

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5 What do you love most about what you do?

I love creating something unique and special. Doll houses have a way of captivating the soul and they seem to be the one toy that little girls keep and pass on to their children. I love that I get to make these heirlooms very personal and each item I make reflects the little person I am making it for. I love everything about what I do!

6 What do you love to do with your kids?

I love being crazy and wild with my kids! We love to dance and sing in the living room, go to the beach, scootering around, catching critters in the back yard, playing with our animals, star gazing, water fights and lots of cuddles.

7 What is your idea of an ideal day?

An ideal day would be one where I get to shower in the morning before the screaming starts! lol  ?? The kids both have a nap at the same time so I can squeeze in an hour of work!! Days that we’re all happy and having a good time.

8 what’s a goal for your business in 2016?

My goal for this year is to continue to make really cute and special things and really get my name out there… I have so many awesome things in my head and I can’t wait to create them and show them to everyone. I am branching into boys items next and I have so many cool ideas for this. I also have some exciting collaborations coming to the table this year.

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9 Where can we find you?

You can find me on:

Facebook  – https://m.facebook.com/whimsywoods4556/
Instagram – www.instagram.com/whimsy_woods
Website – www.whimsywoodsdesigns.bigcartel.com
Email – whimsy_woods@yahoo.com.au

Thanks so much Jennifer!

 

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Kablooie Easter Gift Guide

In March I released an Easter Gift guide, with all sorts of handmade and shop small (and non chocolate!) goodies from makers and business owners across Australia.

My gift guide was so popular and I got asked to resend it so many times, that I’ve published the link to it here, so others can access it.  Cos these gorgeous products are perfect for gifting year round!  Just click on the picture below to access my last newsletter and the gift guide! ❤️

 

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