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Month: January 2015

Ella Loves Local: Katherine from My Little Echo

Ella Loves Local: Katherine from My Little Echo

So I’m thrilled to finally be able to have some time to post my first Ella Loves Local for 2015 – My Little Echo. This one has to be up there with my favourites so far. You know when there are some people you stumbled across who are just so frigging talented that it makes your mind whirl? Most of my finds come via Instagram and I have to say that when I saw the amazing work of Katherine from My Little Echo, my heart skipped a beat. Her knot pillows are truly beautiful. I mean, who would seriously have the time and creativity to first, think up such a cool idea, and then, actually make it work? Her knot pillows are not (excuse the pun) only exquisitely beautiful, but they are practical too.

Cushions and pillows are everywhere these days, and it is hard to find something unique. Well there really is nothing quite like Katherine’s pillows. Coming in a range of colours, fabrics and patterns, these pillows can be custom made to your taste. We were lucky enough to provide a home for one of her creations, and as you can see below, it looks divine on Ella’s bed.

 

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Made with a cotton blend fabric my little echo has created this unique knot cushion that would suit any room in your house.

The classic style knot is approximately 12″ x 12″

Please allow up to 3 weeks for delivery of your cushion. Each cushion is individually cut, stuffed, knotted and hand stitched by Katherine. They are $65.

So let’s here from Katherine and learn about the amazing mind behind this creative gem…

1. What inspired you to start My Little Echo?
I found that there wasn’t a whole lot of variety for kids bedding, especially when it came to boys and I’m not a pale blue teddy bear kinda gal.
The cushions came soon after when i NEEDED some unique affordable cushions for their rooms, which then spread to them being all over the house!

2. How do you juggle business and family?
I have just recently gone back to work after being on Maternity Leave so im having to find my feet all over again. I mostly work at nights and I have 1 day to myself each fortnight where I can slog it out. I truly love making beautiful things though, so although things can get hectic I love the pressure and find pleasure in knowing that a piece of my art is out in the world.

3. What has been your proudest moment so far?
Recently a piece of my work was in the December My Child magazine. The photos were part of a interview with the talented Svjetlana from Little Interiors.
But I do feel so much pride in knowing people chose my little business to make something for the ones most dearest to them, that just feels so good.

4. What has been your biggest challenge?
Finding a balance between my work, my family and myself.
I am very grateful to have such a supportive family that allows me to explore my passion.

5. What is your advice to others wanting to start their own business?
Just do it. I believe it’s better to try and fail than to spend your life wondering.
There are so many creative people out there, and the world needs their ideas.

6. Three words that describe My Little Echo..
Fun, Quality and Unique. I love finding new fabrics and creating ‘linen art’ with them.

7. What’s your favourite current product in your line?
I do love the knot pillows but the sheets are my favourite. I have always loved linen, and love how some new bedding can change the look and feel of a room.
I do have some new products in the making that I am super excited to reveal this year.

8. Pay it forward to another local business. My Little Echo loves…
I love Carter’s Corner. She is not only one of the loveliest people i have Inst-met, but her teething bib is genius.

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So if you are after something truly unique for your child, or for a gift for another, be sure to check out this amazing talent, and get your little one their very own Knot Pillow! She also creates Fitted sheet sets, cot quilts, pillows and cushions, her full range can be seen here.kate

 

Deep Breaths…

Deep Breaths…


Deep Breaths. This is my first post for 2015, and I wish it was a little more up beat. I’ve been wanting to write a post for a couple of weeks, but simply haven’t had the time. This post is one of those that, in years to come, I’m sure I will look back and know that the way I feel right now won’t last for long. This is one of those posts that I’m sure every Mum can relate to. I’m writing this first and foremost as a positive way to get my feelings out, and to debrief with others who have gone through the same thing.

Right now, our son Hudson is eight months old, and we feel as though we are smack back in the middle of those early weeks with a newborn. We have no idea what has happened, but those weeks of progress have gone out the window. We are on no sleep. We are frustrated. We are simply out of ideas. Hudson is unsettled, and often in a complete rage during the night, and sometimes during the day. We have tried everything….reflux meds, varying formulas, other medications, osteo, settling techniques, xrays, doctors, paediatricians. It just seems as though are little man, who arrived a month early just wants to keep us guessing.

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I’m not ashamed to admit that in the last few weeks, I’ve been really struggling. As a Mum with a toddler and a baby who just does not sleep and feed well, it has stretched me to my limits. My feelings of happiness and accomplishment after finally toilet training Ella have given way to anger as we simply cannot work out what is wrong with our baby. We’ve decided to try and get into a Mother and Baby Hospital Clinic to get some professional help from Doctors, Nurses and Sleep Experts to see if we can work things out. People ask me…is it sleep problems or is it gut problems? My feeling is that his gut problems have adversely impacted on his sleep patterns and this has become a vicious cycle.

It’s so hard also, knowing that as a second time Mum, I simply can’t help my son. I thought I had all of the tricks, and tools of the trade after helping Ella through a really difficult sleep period when she was one year old. However this has trumped me. I’m out. All out of ideas, and all out of energy. We are trying to stay positive, and know that we are truly lucky to have tremendous support from family and friends. This week I stayed at my Mums for a day and night to get some rest.  I knew that things were bad when I couldn’t sleep at all, even after taking some medication to help me sleep. Sleep deprivation is a really dangerous thing. It plays with your mind in so many ways, and it really makes being a happy Mum, hard.

I just wish things were a little easier right now. Don’t get me wrong, I know that we are lucky. We are healthy and have so many things to be grateful for, and I know that there are so many things that could be worse. But right now, we just want our son to be a bit happier. Just even a little. And some sleep would be good too.

They say that girls mess with your head, and boys mess with your house. I beg to differ right now. This week I’ve tried to take some positive steps to deal with our current situation. I am meant to be going back to work in two weeks…something that I was greatly looking forward to. I knew however, that I cannot possibly give myself to other people if I cannot even give myself to my kids right now. So I’ve postponed returning to work for a term, in order to focus my entire attention on helping Hudson, and being there for Ella. Family first. It has to be. I’m just lucky to have an amazing boss who completely understands and supports me 100%. I only wish that everyone could be so lucky.

They say that times like this can put an incredible strain on your marriage. Whilst Dan and I are being tested to our limits, I cannot thank the world enough for bringing such a strong, kind and caring partner into my life. What I would do without him right now, I have no idea.

So with that, I’ve dropped off the forms to the hospital and simply hope that we can jump a few places in the waiting list. I’m praying to the sleep Gods to be kind and to just bring some slumber into our lives, and into my little man’s night routine.

Deep Breaths….it will get better. I know it will.

kate