Monday, April 29, 2013
This is it, I am having a sale on all of my handbags through my Madeit shop. Anika Bee will no longer be making nappy/beach bags, sorry but my children's clothing line has come into huge demand so I will solely be focusing on designing fabric and producing sweet dressed :) So here is your last chance, just in time for Mothers Day x
Monday, April 22, 2013
Another sweet reversible jacket by Anika Bee! All my jackets are available through my website here ♥
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Have you seen these beautiful winter jackets in my shop? Limited sizes available. They are lined with pellon so they will keep your little one warm and stylish.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Here are my latest ruffles in a beautiful royal blue fabric and crisp white broderie anglaise ruffles. They are available in sizes 000 to 2 through my website.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Introducing the Lulu Dress! I found this beautiful rosy fabric and i just had to pair it with some pink gingham and white broderie anglaise ruffles! this dress is available through my website or my Madeit shop.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Friday, March 8, 2013
The number one essential of a Rainbow party is the cake! Yep it sets the mood of the entire event. Then you can't go past the fruit flowers sitting in the garden, place the flowers in a bowl with fake paper grass and no toddler will be refusing to eat healthy food, even if it is a birthday party! Healthy doesn't have to be boring!
Sunday, March 3, 2013
It's day 3 of the Best Dressed 2013 Market place! And yes, today it is my Garden Tree Pinafore that will be up for grabs! Let me explain a little more about this and how you can make a difference..
Monday, February 25, 2013
Here is my latest ruffled nappy cover! Available from my website at Anika Bee. They can be worn in summer with an Anika Bee pinafore or t-shirt or a pair of stockings and long sleeve top in winter.
Friday, February 22, 2013
My creative space is filled with my sewing machine, computer, fabric, patterns, new fabric ideas and drawings. I keep my daily to do list in my much loved Cath Kidston notebook and tick jobs off as I go (I’m definitely a list person).
New creations and orders are neatly hung in the cupboard and shipped daily, I love being organised (maybe I’ll get around to colour co-ordinating my fabrics one of these days!) but for now I divide my time between Anika Bee and my gorgeous little girl who is always close by.
Thank you to the Handmade Co-operative Blog for sharing my creative space in this weeks newsletter!
Thank you to the Handmade Co-operative Blog for sharing my creative space in this weeks newsletter!
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The From Madeit with Love items are starting to pop up on Madeit already! Yes my "With Love from Anika" Pinafore is now available and the proceeds from it will go straight to the Boorer family. There are so many yummy items coming up for sale all the time, it's so lovely to see the handmade community pull together to support a beautiful family in need ♥
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
When I read about this, I had tears streaming down my face, to have a beautiful young life taken and leaving behind such small children who undoubtedly need their mum and will miss her every day. I will definitely be donating to this cause so please join us on Madeit on the 13th of February in loving memory of Tammy Boorer xx
From madeit with love - an event being held in memory of Tammy and to support her family. Tammy Boorer and her husband were critically injured in a horrific car accident whilst traveling to their holiday destination. Their two children received minor injuries. Unfortunately Tammy, who was pregnant with her third child did not survive. Her husband Nathan is still in a critical condition in hospital. Tammy ranboorah designs and was a beautiful, creative soul who began selling on Madeit in March 2009. She was a devoted wife and dedicated mother who began her business by making clothes for her 2 children Zach aged 9 and Lilli aged 5.
Madeit sellers will be uploading fundraising items to their madeit accounts from 8pm on Wednesday 13th February 2013, you can locate the items by searching ~ madeit with love ~ individual madeit sellers will then donate the proceeds from the sale of their handmade items directly to the church fund supporting the Boorer Family, the Ipswich Presbyterian Church – you can read more about how they are helping the here - http://
Bank Details for Deposit: Account Name: Central Presbyterian Church Ipswich
BSB 034189 Number: 196363REF: Boorer madeit
Thursday, January 24, 2013
I love this fabric from Micheal Miller called 'The Simple life' I have a new pinafore for sale, you can choose any shop you like - my website, Madeit or Etsy. I often have people who contact me saying they don't like to purchase through a particular store. If you like, you are always welcome to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send you an invoice. All my pinafores are available in sizes 000 to 2 (while stocks last)
Have a beautiful day, I'm off to enjoy the Simple Life ;)
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
If I could choose any super power, I would choose to be able to stop time. I would stop time and let my father say goodbye to his before time ran out, I would sit and stare at my baby sleeping all night before time ran out, I would talk about nothing with my mum for hours before time ran out.
Everyone always says "I don't have time" I guess what we really need to do is make sure we always have time to do what will enrich our lives, that build great memories, stronger families and happy hearts.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Here is a cute homemade gift idea for a toddler! I made some playdough with this super easy and quick recipe:
- 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- up to 2 cups boiling water
- food colouring (optional)
Place the flour, oil, salt and cream of tar tar into a bowl and mix them, add the 2 cups of boiling water. Stir and let it stand to cool. Once it is cool, knead the dough until it is smooth, add your favourite colours and you're done!
Then I bought some cookie cutters and rolling pin from Kmart and some small tupperware containers (one for each colour) and there you have it!
Friday, November 16, 2012
Who doesn't love yellow chevron! I made this sweet pinafore which comes in sizes 000 to 2. If you would like to order one, please e-mail me at email@example.com
Visit my website for more sweet pinafores in lots of gorgeous fabrics!
Friday, November 9, 2012
Here is my entry for the international fabric competition 'Be My Hero'. The designs were asked to be made for boys aged between 6 and 12 and have a hero theme. I based mine on imaginative play.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Here is my 'Pastel Rainbow with Balloon' fabric, hand drawn and designed by me :) This pinafore is available from my website here or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can order as m much or as little as you like from Spoonflower here plus you can also buy it as wall paper or a wall decal!!
You don't necessarily need to use wall paper on your walls, use it to cover an up-cycled chair, serving trays, coasters, scrapbooking and the wall decals are removable and reusable so use them on your laptop, windows, walls, mirrors anywhere where you have a flat surface.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Getting creative is my life! The joy of making beautiful things make up my earliest memories – I can still feel the thrill of crafting as a kid. Mum would cover the kitchen table in bright paper and tip out all the goodies I’d need – glue sticks, paint, lace and fabric scraps - and I would happily sit and craft cards, calendars and keepsakes for the extended family back in Germany.
No great surprise then that I decided to study Fine Arts! I decided that sharing the joy of creativity would be my life path, so I went on to do a Bachelor of Education but I realised I needed to do more than my day job to feel satisfied. So I started making handbags and handing them out as gifts to my nearest and dearest. Very quickly the demand for my handbags grew and so did my passion for sewing. Once my nephews and nieces were born, I expanded into kid’s clothing (yep, all stock has been tried and tested by my beautiful family!)
Wholesaling to other business makes sense when you’re starting out. I began by approaching shop owners to stock my bags on consignment (basically, that means if the product sells, the shop owner takes a percentage of the sale and, if the items don’t sell, I collect my product so I can sell it elsewhere). It’s a low-risk way to start – I get exposure for my product and the shop owner makes a cut or can hand the unsold product back. Take heart if they don’t sell everything you leave them – it’s a great form of feedback that will help you work out exactly who your target market is, where they shop, what their budget is and what they’re looking for. It will help you tailor your fabrics and designs more accurately.
So, how do you start? Hit the shops! Go in with a set wholesale price for your product – take a wholesale pricelist (printed on gorgeous paper, of course!) and a recommended RRP for each item, plus a sample or two of each product on your list. It helps the shop owner work out how much of a commission they would be making so be prepared for haggling – they’re business people and they will often try to negotiate a lower wholesale price. My steadfast rule? Don’t undersell yourself! Price fairly and you’ll find the right shop for your product.
Presentation is crucial – each product has a branded hang tag and are packed in a luxe carry basket for maximum appeal. Professional business cards are vital, as are enough pricelists so you can leave one behind at each store, also try to establish a link between your online shop, FB, Blog, Twitter or Pinterest and your products – it’s essential for success!.
Carry an invoice booklet with you so that, when the shops place an order on the day, you can give them a docket detailing the product you are leaving on commission (it will help you avoid any unpleasant miscommunication when it comes to payment for items).
Working out a wholesale price can be tricky – you need to balance the return with the cost of materials, labour and your personal profit. Ask yourself this: when your product goes gang busters, will you still be happy staying up until 1am to finish a wholesale order if you are only just making a return on your expenses? There will always be people who think your products are too expensive and that is OK - you need to value yourself and your craft in order for other people to value them too.
Once you’ve had someone take on your product, check in with them regularly to see how it is selling and whether they are in a position to order more – it’s the best way to build a strong business relationship (you may need them to be understanding if you ever struggle to fill an order on a tight deadline down the track!)
Good luck with it – wholesaling is a brilliant way to start building a profitable business!
I just thought I might share with you the cupcakes I made on the weekend for a Christening. They are very easy to make, I have written a blog on how to a while ago here and with these ones I also added the three little cachous balls on top.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
What do you think of my latest pinafore? This fabric is available through my Spoonflower shop or you ca purchase the finished product here.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I found an awesome blog called Mixie Studio and she has put together a list of boredom busters for your toddler. Other great reads are Tot Treasures, Beautiful Home Ideas and Make Do and Friend if you want to get some more creative play ideas, follow my Playtime Pinterest board!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Have you seen the latest pinafore to hit my shop? How cute is this happy little village? I could just move right in ;)
You can purchase this pinafore through my website here or if you are a DIY kind of person, you can make it yourself here is a link to my Spoonflower shop where you will find this and more super cute fabrics!
Posted by Anika Bee at Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
You have got to love these sun suits!! Available to purchase here
No summer is complete without an Anika Bee sun suit. Yes they are frilly, flowery and oh so cute!
It is made from sweet vintage style cotton fabric and features 3 white broderie ruffles on the back and the same broderie fabric has been used for the neck strap.
It features a back elastic waist and and elastic in the legs for ease of movement and changing. A very sweet suit and must have for the Spring/Summer seasons.
If you want one, follow me on facebook where I will be updating all the latest fabrics every day. Hurry because so far these have been a knock out!