Happy New Year

Emma Kate Co

Happy New Year all!  I hope this year brings you more success – whatever success looks like to you….

Love this image from Emma Kate Co. as seen on Instagram.

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Instagram love – May

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Even though it has been a bit quiet round here I still love the Instagram format and ability to connect with new creatives. Here are a couple of snaps from my recent posts:

1. Along with everyone else who bought my 2016 calendar I love flipping over the pages to see what is next! 2. I had to take a snap of these sweet glitter toppers before sending them off to a customer – they are one of my favourites! 3. Even though it is getting colder I’m still trying to get out for a walk as often as I can. 4. My daily essentials – tablet and glasses.

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Hello March

Hello March

Well February flew by in a bit of a hurry. I’ve been busy working on a few things, nothing specific but I mainly wanted to give myself some time to just work out where I want to go and what my business looks like moving forward. I still have a big announcement to make soon on a new business venture and of course I’ve got lots of ideas in the wings. Sometimes the hardest thing is just deciding what to do each day.

Anyway hopefully March will be a little less chaos and I can report in soon on the flurry of activity!

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2015 highlights

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I know it is a bit annoying to still be talking about 2015 a whole 14 days into the New Year but I do love a good highlight reel and I wanted to share a couple of things I didn’t talk about last year as well.

Blog Highlights

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1 – I started writing about Bright Business a topic I’d been desperate to talk about for ages but just never got around to. This is a great passion of mine and I’m super excited to dive into this more in 2015. There are so many amazing small creative businesses out there and I’m keen to help you out with everything I know. This really makes me so happy.

2 – I made over this blog – and it makes me smile every time I see it. The Blogcademy girls (especially Shauna) got me all inspired about making this a space that was really me, and the design I had before just wasn’t working. I love the new look and will continue to develop this in the coming year.

Wink Highlights

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1 – I wrapped up the Blogcademy experience with a couple of posts about lessons learnt. Everyone was so inspiring in such different fields and this has really helped me this year.

2 – I got featured on Rock n Roll Bride with my DIY Polaroid Garland I loved this so much! Kat was just amazing in letting me share how I styled this cute DIY idea with her amazing creative audience.

3 – I designed some 5 minute cake topper DIY’s that ended up in Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. This was another huge amazing day was seeing my work in this gorgeous magazine. We need more of this genuine authenticity in life I tell you!

Love Ideas Highlights

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1 – Love Ideas Creative launched with a new community, an e-book and lots of smart business tips. This was very exciting and was the culmination of a whole lot of work and I can’t wait to release more!

2 – Love Ideas Ink went from strength to strength and I finally started exploring my love for hand lettering which resulted in some great new products and a constant smile on my face!

3 – Love Ideas Ink was on the cover of the Felt Christmas Catalogue which was super exciting. The New Zealand community of crafters and makers is just amazing and I was so grateful to be on the front of this awesome publication.

Me Highlights

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1 – I took a trip to Melbourne to catch up with family and get re-inspired – and it so worked. Melbourne is such a great place and the street art tour I took was so colourful and bright I just loved it.

2 – My partner and I bought our first house! I didn’t really mention it at the time but it was a great achievement in such a tough Auckland market. We just love it.

Me Lowlights

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1 – Of course shutting Peachy was tough but it was definitely the right decision. I am trying to really fine tune my offering this year and get clear about what I want to do and what makes me happy.

So it has been a great year with ups and downs and tough times in amongst the smiles. I’m looking forward to 2016 and some new adventures along with a great big new direction announcement. Thanks as always for reading and following along x

Thanks 2015

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It is the New Year here now and all the joy and laughter of the Christmas season comes to an end as we begin to think about the New Year and what plans, dreams and goals we are looking forward to making and creating. 2015 has been an interesting year and I’ll be doing a little roundup of my highlights soon. In the meantime shine on and let’s let the light in for 2016.

Shine On sign from New Year’s Party Ideas Feature on 100 Layer Cake // Sign hand lettering from Twinkle & Toast and created by Nic Roc Designs

Changes – anything is possible

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There is a huge amount going on behind the scenes here in preparation for a new endeavour I’ve been working on for a little while now. While I love and will always be passionate about my shops I also wanted to find a way to help out others who want to turn their creativity into a profitable business.

In my day job I’ve been in Marketing and Advertising for around 15 years and I love nothing more than helping businesses create smart brands that work. When I started up my small businesses I felt like that side of things would be super easy and it would only be all the ‘other stuff’ that would be a learning curve. Boy, I was wrong. Whether you are starting and marketing a large or small business, each comes with it’s own unique set of challenges. Now having been on both sides of the fence I’m even more keen to share what I know with other small business owners and creative types to help them achieve their business goals.

So I’ve been writing like a crazy woman, designing gorgeous images to support my material and creating, creating, creating to launch something VERY soon. I’d love you to stay tuned if this is something that interests you no matter where you are at in the process. You might be a creative type or a business owner, or maybe you dream of opening a business one day. I get you and I’ve got something to help you along the path. I’m getting excited now!