I am sooo delighted to have Cath from Jack and Jillaroo guest posting today! She has been such an encouragement to me in the short time I’ve had to get to know her and has already contributed some goodies to you guys through this gorgeous giveaway a couple of weeks back! Go check out their beautiful range.
Hope you are enjoying the gorgeous weather and the beginning of the summer holidays. I have been asked by Janice to guest blog for her today. I’m not going to lie… I’m excited!!!
I am one half of Jack and Jillaroo, a local business hand-making and selling baby/toddler bibs, burp cloths and teething rings. My business partner Kirsty and I launched our website last November and have been overwhelmed with the response. We have been kept very busy and are loving it!
I originally came up with the business concept back in 2012, at a time when I had a baby and a toddler, and was looking for new sewing ideas for when I had ‘free/me time’ in the evenings when they were asleep. I was hugely inspired by the book “How To Build A Business From Your Kitchen Table” written by the founders of NotOnTheHighstreet.com. And I’ve also been encouraged by Cath Kidston’s book “Coming Up Roses”. My business partner and friend, Kirsty, came on board not long after and has pushed the business to a new level with her fab business brain.
I love seeing creative women’s ideas and concepts flourish, and learn from them as to how they manage to balance motherhood and their own business/goals/ideas. As Mothers ourselves, Kirsty and I are still trying to find the right balance of Jack and Jillaroo and being Mummy’s to our wonderful kids. It can have it’s stresses such as, waiting on fabric or teething rings to arrive to meet a deadline, getting fantastic orders through but not having a great deal of childcare organised that week to be able to get cracking with production, needing more hours in the day etc., but we are getting there with sorting all of those small issues out and most importantly can smile at the end of a hectic week. It would be quite a regular thing for Kirsty and I to text each other saying how much we are loving what we do!
I think the idea of supporting and empowering women everywhere, whatever their business idea is, however big or small, to keep going and working to see it through is essential for all women.
I would like to wish Janice every success with Maddie Moes in the future. It is such a beautiful blog and craft site where the photos complement it perfectly!
We also hope that the winner of the giveaway, Krystine Fulton, enjoys her gift box. 😄
Thanks for having me!!!
Jack and Jillaroo