Good morning everyone….. hows the weather hey?? We have gone from a glorious summer like spring to winter today..brr.
But in better news…did you know that this weekend marks Alphabet Monkey turning 4?? Yes it was four years ago when I first set up my Etsy shop. Wow I couldn’t hardly even upload a photo back then and Campbell was only about 9 months old. Wow how much has changed in that time.
Well to celebrate we will be having a 4 day SALE in our online store.
We will be offering 25% off our entire Ashkii/Brave and Storm Range from 9am Thursday 16 (yes tomorrow) until midnight on Sunday 19 Aust EST. So if you haven’t had a chance to grab any yet or want to add to what you have now is the time.
Other items ( like our elephants) that are not included in the sale will still be available in our Etsy store.
All our prints are available as quilts , cushions and fitted sheets.
Ashkii Single bed quilt cover has black arrows on the back..mix and match with our pillowcases and cushions
Our Storm range is also available as an XL boori size patchwork quilt as well as the modern quilt style pictured.
Our Storm single bed quilt is reversible with for a monochromatic raindrop look on the back.
And we also have soft organic cotton newborn swaddles available in all our cool patterns.
So I’d like to show you some sneaky first pics of our new mint and grey Pachy elephant range. The elephants continue to be so popular so we decided to create a new colour way. The mint and grey is just perfect for a gender neutral nursery.
Our range will include the quilt with hand stitched felt elephants, a matching patchwork style cushion cover. There is also bunting flags and co-ordinating chevron sheet and pillow.
We have also included the super cute elephant bunting and Pachy the elephant toy as finishing touches for your nursery..or just as lovely gifts for a new baby. These have all been designed and made exclusively for Alphabet Monkey by our clever fair trade artisans in Indonesia.
We will begin taking preorders very soon and will offer a discount on a full set. I hope that they will be ready for December delivery but that will be confirmed later.
Long time no see, well not unless we are instagram buddies that is. I’ve been a bit slack over the last few months..firstly with morning sickness and pregnancy related issues, and then I just nipped off overseas for a few weeks.
Well firstly I’m so glad all that first trimester business has passed. Not only do I get the usual nausea etc but I find myself struggling with depression and really low mood. It makes me feel like I’m another person but I just had to keep reminding myself its the hormones and sure enough it passes as it did for my first pregnancy. So all is great here now and I’m over the half way mark.
So what have I been up to??
Well we popped over to Bali to follow up on some production ideas for next year as I won’t be able to travel again for a while. Campbell, my mum and I spent two weeks last month in Seminyak and Nusa Dua, Bali. I thought I would share some of my instagram snaps with you here. You can join us on instagram here.
So what do I have in store… well very soon I’ll show you the new colour way of the elephant quilts in mint and grey and we should open preorders by the end of the month. I hope they will be available to ship before Xmas. I am still making myself some of the yellow and blue elephants but in limited amounts.
We also have some baby jumpsuits, cot size quilt covers and a new colour combo in the Ashkii teepee range coming in 2015.
October also marks the 4th birthday of Alphabet Monkey so to give you the heads up..we may be having a birthday sale and we will be having some giveaways on Facebook and on instagram so be sure you follow us on there too.
I received this beautiful feedback photo from Hayley this week which features her precious newborn bundle with her Alphabet Monkey quilt is the background.
Its such a lovely shot , taken by Shannon Richmond Photography. It makes me wonder why I never got around to having Campbells newborn picture done. And then I wanted one while he was little ..like a family shot..but still no photoshoot has taken place. Now he is going on five and I think..where did that time go? But thanks to this age of camera phones we have so many pics documenting every little thing he did so I guess thats ok.
Now with number two on the way I will definitely get something done. A shot of baby with his big brother will be cute.
I think that this photo idea would also make a great birth announcement for those who are organised enough to do them..maybe add some text to the left over the quilt with all the birth details.
UPDATE… We are expected our shipment of the Ashkii and Storm any moment..its currently stuck at customs..aahhh.
So in all the excitement of introducing the new Ashkii Teepee inspired range I realised I had completely overlooked sharing with you the updated Stormy Collection.
We can now offer a bigger range of co ordinating items for the Stormy collection to cater for your nursery or your move into a big bed. Range includes cot fitted sheets, bunting, cushion covers, single quilt cover, cot quilt and swaddles. i am so happy with the quality of all the fabrics and the finishes. As with the Ashkii range..these are our own exclusive designs which are screen printed by hand and then made up by talented artisans in Indonesia.
Look at this adorable bundle below..Storm Organic swaddle pictured on the Black Raindrop fitted sheet. Both the sheet and the swaddle are also available in soft grey..great for unisex.
The single bed quilt cover can be used on the reverse for a cool black and white vibe, as pictured below.
All items have been available for preorder but the stock should be here next week so any orders will go out very soon. You can check out the range here.
Today I have put together a little nursery collage cause I haven’t done one in ages. I’ve mixed up the Ashkii range with some great other nursery products to create the Little Indian Nursery.
You may notice that gorgeous emerald green metal cot by Incy Interiors featuring front and centre. It’s the latest colour in their metal range arriving in September. This only confirms to be that we are definitely yet to see more of this vibrant shade in kids interiors yet. Emerald was the Pantone colour of the year in 2013 and I was actually surprised that I didn’t see all that much of it around. Especially in interiors . But as I predicted it is creeping in more and more this year in both fashion and interiors and I think that as mums tire of black, white and yellow ..they will move onto this fresh colour.
You will find our Ashkii linen available in our online store here. The good news is that it may be here as early as next week.. a bit earlier than anticipated. We have already had such an overwhelming response to preorders from those of you who don’t want to miss out and we will have them posted off to you as soon as they arrive.
The super cool ‘Wild and Free ‘ print is from our friends at May and Belle , I have it in yellow but I’ll have to get the green now.
Firstly I’m sorry I’ve been a bit absent lately but as you can see I have got a good excuse.
Yes thats our news…we are expecting and I’m 13 weeks along. It was just over 13 weeks ago when I was on the flight home from Bali, I was nursing my friends baby ..a tiny 9 week old so she could wrangle the two year old. He just slept the whole time and I quietly wondered to myself if I would ever have a baby this tiny of my own again. Especially as Campbell is just so big now you just wonder where that baby went.
Well the universe answered and I was pregnant about a week later..not that I knew it for another 5 weeks.
So here I am with another adventure ahead of me. New plans to make. Not that I had been feeling like making plans.. I was nauseous a lot and then came the waves of depression. Some days I just wondered why I even bothered with Alphabet Monkey and I always had to keep reminding myself that I won’t feel this way forever. And I don’t…I am already starting to feel a lot better and more like myself again.
So its onwards and upwards.. we have stock to organise and design, I’m off again to Bali in September and the sewing room is going to have to give way to a new nursery….and best of all winter is nearly over.