Wednesday, April 20, 2011

HELLO AND WELCOME!!!!

So this is it.... The start of a whole new chapter in my life.  For alot of us we don’t really know what it is we want to do with our lives.  For me, I know I wanted to b a mum and I am lucky enough to have two monkeys to keep me on my toes.  Nathan is the first born, he is 4 and Ryan is my baby and he’s 18 months.  I share my little monkeys with my amazing husband Michael who works extremely hard for me to be able to stay at home and build my business.  But that’s pretty much where it ended; I never knew what I really wanted to do....
I spent my working years in pharmacy before I had the boys and can’t say I was ever content with my choice of career.  I branched out to a few different things over the years but didn’t have any success with finding a fulfilling career.  I always knew once I had my kids I didn’t want to go back to a job I hated and it was my goal to find what it was I really wanted to do with my life.  I love to sew and have ‘just a little’ fabric addiction (which is normal if you ask any crafty mummy).
After I had Ryan I started making baby accessories and pram covers for myself.  As you know, people start asking if you can make something for them.  I enjoyed making things to sell but with two small children, time at the sewing machine was a task.  To cut a long story short the interest in the fabric overtook the interest in what I was making, hence twomonkeys fabric shop was born!
It’s such a pleasure selling fabric.  Every time I pick up a bolt to cut an order, I still feel the fabric and the quality and get the same pleasure I did when I packed my first order but as time went on I was disappointed in the lack of unique fabrics available wholesale, especially from Australia.  I am a strong believer in supporting Australian business and really wanted the majority of my stock to be from Australian designers but it just wasn’t possible to find the novelty fabrics I like to stock from Australia.
SO this is the beginning!! I have spent the past nine months developing and printing my own range of fabrics! To say I’m a little excited and proud of myself is an understatement lol.   I have started with five designs that will be available retail by 1st August and will release another eight designs later in the year.  I would love to print all my designs at once but believe me, cash flow won’t allow it lol but slow and steady is the way and by the end of next year I will have LOTS of designs to choose from J  Twomonkeys is moving away from mainstream fabrics and will become an exclusive modern Australian fabric store.  It has been a fun, stressful but most of all, a completely fulfilling learning curve to get to this point and I have to say, I have found what it is I am meant to do with my life.
I hope more than anything you love my fabrics and share your creations with me.  This is the first entry on my blog and I hope you stick around to follow my journey both personal and professional.  I can be a little candid and not much is off limits so be aware! but it’s all in fun and laughter, so never take me too seriously....
Are you ready to jump onboard my rollercoaster....? I have to warn you, there are a few screws loose;)
                                                 This is a little sneak peak of whats to come :)

12 comments:

Melisa said...

Congratulations!

losing it said...

love love love it!!! Congrats!!

Jessica said...

It's pink. I'm there :D
But I do imagine there'll be boy stuff too - I've been Blessed with two Princes :)

Sherry said...

I love it!!! Beautiful design!

twomonkeys fabrics said...

yes the first run is two girl prints, two boy and a unisex:):) you will have to stay tuned for more sneak peaks.....

Lee-Ann said...

Congratulations, looking forward to watching your designs grow and evolve :)

Sharon said...

Going to look good as Cushions Jodie...well done!

Belinda said...

Awesome news Jodie! Congrats!

taylah said...

Congratulations, I'm really excited to see your collection! I am 15 and own and operate a pyjama label, and i am keeping an eye on your blog/store for when the time comes to start making summer pj's again! hope you had a lovely day x

The O's said...

I can only imagine how hard this secret has been to keep! Congratulations. I can't wait to see teh range!

Belinda said...

So excited to see your upcoming designs!

Just letting you know that I’m awarding you with the Versatile Blogger Award.

You can read more about it here:
http://landoflittleprincesses.blogspot.com/2011/04/im-versatile-blogger.html

I’m also passing the rules for accepting this award:

* Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their site in your original post.
* Tell us seven things about yourself.
* Pass along the award to fifteen newly discovered bloggers (discovered by me anyway)
* Contact these bloggers and let them know they got this award.

Pauline McArthur - FunkyFriendsFactory said...

Hey Jodie, welcome to the 'blogosphere'! And an award to boot, ALREADY - I am jealous!!! : )