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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Baby fun at bath time

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My youngest son just dosn't enjoy bath time, its not so much the bath he hates as the prospect of having to get his hair wet and in turn some of it getting on his face. My first thoughts where dont make a big deal out of it, just carry on and he will get over it, of course this idea crashed and burned, he never has got over getting his face wet. So plan B a shopping trip around Mothercare, here I found a rather expensive plastic jug with a flexible side. You fill with water and then hold it against your childs head (the flexi bit fits around their forehead) and pour. Crashed and burned, it leaks and he still gets a wet face.

So we plodded on with bath time woes, him not enjoying having a bath because he was worried about the hair washing bit.

Well one day I had been making some personalised baby towels , in fact it was the Cuddledry cuddlebug towel  and I wondered if he would like the fun . Its got a fun green bug wing pattern on it and a hood with little ears on top.

So that night I let him try a towel on and showed him the green wings and how to hold out the towel edges and he could run round like he was flying!  He loved it so I told him he had to have his bath but after, when he was a brave boy, he would run round in his bug towel. Success!


He still hates the water on his face but he endures it now so he can play bug man when he gets out of the bath to play in his "special" towel. I have to say I love the towel too, they are made from bamboo and are not only super silky and soft but thick and dry him in no time at all.

So all in all everyone is happy!

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Comfort Blankets

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We are always looking out for new gifts we can personalise for our customers and so its exciting to add a lovely new range of gifts, especially when they are some of my personal favourite characters!





These lovely soft baby comfort blankets come in three favourite characters, Peter Rabbit, Miffy and Nutbrown from Guess how much I love you? As with all our gifts you can add babys name and a date of birth, weight or Christening details on for a truely special gift.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Starting an embroidery business

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I thought I would write about how we got started in the embroidery business, I know lots of people think about doing this so it may be helpful to someone.

I first stated doing machine embroidery as a hobby about 8 years ago, I started of with what was then a very expensive machine, the Brother 3100D, if you can get one its still a fantastic machine in my opinion.  Like most people who make things, I soon began to get people saying "oh thats lovely will you do me one?" and so a little pin money business starts.  I loved to make Personalised baby gifts and as more and more people asked me to do one for them so my business began to get bigger.

We moved into embroidered clothing and workwear about 4 years after that, I still do the Personalised baby blankets  and baby gifts through my website whilst my husband runs the workwear side of things.

I think if you have never done embroidery then think long and hard before leaping in.  Its not as easy as it look and takes a long time to understand how the machines sew, the best thing is to learn how to digitise designs yourself as this will give you a better understanding of how an embroidery machine thinks when it sews.

A lot of embroidery problems come from people not understand that one needle size or backing does not fit all.  You have to change needle sizes and backing types to suit the type of fabric your sewing on and change the desity of the design for the fabrics too sometimes.  So never believe these salesmen who say "you just switch it on load your design and it sews it!"  Nothing is that easy in life!

The other thing to think about is the type of machine your going to buy.  Set your budget and be firm, dont be swayed by huge multihead machines to start with, do you really need that many heads at the start?  Can you afford it? Will you get that outlay back? Like wise dont get a home embroidery machine off Ebay, the quality of the sewing will not be good enough and you will find you just cant hoop and sew some things.

The final thing is there is no such thing as easy money, the embroidery business is hard and can be very cut throat, its a very busy market place already so think what will make you different to businesses out there already? 

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Vintage inspired personalised baby blankets

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I love trying out new embroidery designs and the two latest designs on our personalised baby blankets are so cute!

Both are vintage 1940's inspired designs bringing an innocent nostalgia back to baby gifts.

The puppy design is so cute for a little boy, I just love its old world charm and the little lamb design would work well for both boys and girls.


Its nice to have a mix of designs on the site that appeal to everyone, I just hope everyone loves the innocence and charm of an era gone by as much as I do.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Organic baby clothes

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We all know how delicate a new babys skin is and want to protect it as much as we can, this is why more and more people choose to buy organic now.

With this in mind Gooseberry Bush gifts is expanding its line of personalised baby clothes with a lovely line of personalised organic baby clothes.  We have organic baby top knot hats, orgainc t shirts and the latest edition the personalised organic baby bodysuits.

The baby bodysuits are printed on the front with a lovely teddy bear and a box below with your message in, this could be welcome to the world or a name and date of birth, the choice is yours.  To make the gift extra special each of the bodysuits is presented in a lovely white organza bag tied with ribbons, perfect and ready to give as a gift.  As you can add any wording to these they also make a fantastic baby shower gift too!

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

1st years, Birthdays and new babys!

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Well Gooseberry is one year old now! Wow how a year goes by, but its been a very good year and Gooseberry has gone from strength to strength. So in true Royal fashion Gooseberry, whilst having celebrated its real birthday in a quiet fashion, is having an official birthday too!

To mark its coming of age its going to have a fab new relaunch. We will getting some fantastic new photographs done for the store but to do this we need to find "The face of Gooseberry Bush Gifts". We need a super cute baby to star in our photos of our products and be on our website! So very soon we will be holding a comptetition to find our new model and the face of Gooseberry Bush Gifts.

Keep your eye on the website and let anyone with budding model baby know about the upcoming competition. The winner will gets lots of goodies, including lots of personalised baby clothes to take home and some lovely pictures of their baby too!

I think I will even bake a celebration cake too!
 

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