love local – peachy parade

Insta love

With my love for buying local, today I bring you the other creative mind of the awesome Mothers Day Raffle that was created supporting Geelong Mums.

Jess from Peachy Parade worked with Emma and Ali from Alma Designs to come up with the fantastic opportunity to win so many amazing Instagram business prizes, with the fundraising going to the amazing Geelong Mums.

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1. Tell me about Peachy Parade; what do you sell?
My main focus is making unique and beautiful baby mobiles that will last well past the baby years. Many mobiles are quite baby-ish and get packed up when the cot is packed away but my mobiles are not only beautiful in a baby’s nursery but look amazing in big kids rooms. I also make other paper products such as garlands and wall hangings and I can customise colours to suit any room.
Some other products that I hand make are mini calico teepees which are a perfect way to spark a child’s imagination and linen black board bags for entertainment on the go.
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2. What made you begin Peachy Parade? 
I’ve been crafty ever since I can remember and I’m the type of person that if I can’t find what I’m looking for, I’ll have a go at making it. When I had my kids Archie and Ellie, I would often make things for them and my friends would always say that I should start a business and sell my creations. Then one day, about 10 months ago, my husband came home with a flyer for an upcoming school market and said to me, it’s now or never! I had 3 weeks to come up with a business name, logo, business cards and make all of my products. It was a busy time but it was so much fun actually doing what I’d talked about for years!
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3.How can people buy your creations? Do you ship nationally and internationally?
You can purchase through my website www.peachyparade.bigcartel.com or head into the amazing local kids store called Ryder Loves Miller, located at 263 Myers Street, East Geelong 3219.
I ship anywhere within Australia through my website and I can also ship Internationally however please send me an email to peachyparade@bigpond.com for an International shipping quote.
4. What designers inspire you and who influences your style?
It’s hard to only name a few! I get inspiration everyday from the Instagram community and I absolutely love following mum’s working hard to build up very successful businesses through social media.
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5. As one of the creative minds behind this incredible raffle, what made you want to help the Geelong community and how can people get involved?
When Emma and I met for the first time a few months ago we started talking about how many talented businesses Geelong has to offer and we talked about trying to find a way to showcase them to a wider community. We also both knew about Geelong Mums and the amazing contribution they make to the Geelong Community. So from that one conversation, Insta Love was born. A way to showcase our local talent to the world and at the same time, raise much needed funds for a wonderful organisation.
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For more details on how you can enter this amazing competition go to Alma Design’s instagram account.
Thanks for stopping by
kirsty-signoff

mothers day community

Insta love

I love what the Instagram community has developed into and the way in which people have come together for the greater good. Here in Geelong is no exception with 67 stores coming together to support an amazing organisation Geelong Mums helping new mothers in need, especially as we approach mothers day.

I am in full support of what they are trying to achieve and as someone who loves supporting local I thought I would showcase some of the incredible businesses involved.

I contacted Emma from Alma Custom Designs who together with Peachy Parade came up with this incredible raffle to support Geelong Mums.

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1. Tell me about Alma Custom Designs; what do you sell?
We love creating items for the home – one of a kind tram scrolls, gorgeous prints (large and small) for young and old, invitations, anniversary gifts, vouchers and so much more.
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2. What made you begin Alma designs? 
About 5 years ago I wanted to get a custom-made tram scroll made for my husband but didn’t want to spend the $800 it was going to cost me. When complaining about this to Alison she looked at me and asked me why I hadn’t asked her to design it for me? Alison is a graphic designer. So she designed it and we got it printed. It is amazing and still hangs on our wall. I told her she should start selling them but she said she didn’t want to start another business on the side, she already had two others on the go at this stage and worked full-time. But she did say that if I wanted to create the business in partnership with her and I dealt with customers, etc and she did the designing that maybe we could sort something out. Last year it finally came true and “Alma” was born. Al = Alison Ma = Emma. So Alma started off selling custom-made tram scrolls and very quickly branched off into prints. We LOVE making custom-made items for people and especially love seeing them in their homes.
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3.How can people buy your creations? Do you ship nationally and internationally?
You can purchase through our website www.almacustomdesigns.com
You can also pick up some of our prints through:
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Weddings at Tiffany’s – Maleny, QLD
Ripe Homewares – Mudgee and Dubbo, NSW
Just Because – Highton, Victoria
Holiday Robe – Robe, S.A
We have free delivery Australia wide and are happy to ship internationally but need to be emailed for a quote first.
4. What designers inspire you and who influences your style?
The whole IG community inspires us all the time in so many ways.
5. As the creative minds behind this incredible raffle, what made you want to help the Geelong community?
I had met with @peachyparade and we had wanted to support Geelong Mums in any way that we could. We both know what a great deal they do for Geelong families but were aware they were in need of some much more to help the ever-growing need in our local community.
We spent a long time trying to figure out how we could support Geelong Mums using our IG accounts and without it just being a basic loop and win giveaway. When we started thinking about it we realised we knew a heap of Geelong based IG stores and when we started a list we were blown away with how many we came up with.
When we approached the stores on our list everyone was so eager to be a part of our raffle and not only said yes straight away but was so generous in the items they were offering.
I am loving how 67 Geelong based IG stores have come together to support Geelong Mums and have shown so much passion in supporting their local community.
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For more details on how you can enter this amazing competition go to Alma Design’s instagram account.
Thanks for stopping by
kirsty-signoff

stomping to the beat

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The weather has been pretty good the last few weekends. I’ve been heading out for beautiful beach walks admiring how lucky I am to live where I do and stomping to the beat of the waves.

In doing this it helps if you happy with what your walking in! I’m all for looking good while exercising!  I have had a real thing for pink at the moment! In fact since I was a little girl it has rarely gone away. (There was that quick phase in year 7 when I tried to only wear dark colours! It lasted 6 weeks; not long at all!) There is something about the colour and the way it makes me feel! I would have thought the opposite would be true as I hear the only colour I wore for the first two years of my life was pink, so I wouldn’t get mistaken for a little boy!

When walking along the beach it is so nice to see so many people out and about enjoying the great outdoors as well as the beautiful weather. There is something about living by the coast and been active. I find it almost a must, if you live by the coast you must love walking and viewing the ocean!

I’d be keen to know if you agree? Do you live by the coast?

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I was wearing:

– tank and shorts thanks to Stomp Apparel 

Thanks for stopping by

kirsty-signoff

terindah estate

Geelong

A few weekends ago now we headed to Terindah Estate, a beautiful winery on the Bellarine Peninsula.

We went for breakfast on an amazing morning with the sun shining and great company. I had the breakfast trifle which was delicious and the best part was it did not include sultanas!! I really can’t stand those things, and usually don’t get to enjoy a yummy muesli or granola as they seem to always include the little brown things! This one had yoghurt and berries and just made the morning even better.

Andrew and I went exploring the grounds and snapped a few photos as we looked around. It’s incredible looking over the ocean and seeing the vineyards. We both commented it would be an incredible wedding destination as view is amazing plus the buildings have the perfect vibe.

I went with comfort on this particular day due to the heat. I felt summer colours would be fun (plus I had forgotten I had this top!!). I have lived in my Senso sandals this summer, as they really are so comfortable plus look awesome! I look back at photos and they seem to be in so many of them but I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.

Have you been to Terindah Estate? What did you think?

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Thanks for stopping by

kirsty-signoff

 

*this post is my own opinion and I was not approached by Terindah. 

stomp apparel

Kirsty dips

I love staying fit and healthy and I try to live an active life. As a result I like to have good active wear to ensure I can be comfortable while exercising, whether that be doing Pilates or yoga, boxing, or going for walks; especially along the beach as I am lucky enough to live so close.

We all know how much I love local and believe in supporting local businesses; I was so excited to discover a range of incredible active wear created here in Geelong, Stomp Apparel.

Stomp was created by a family motivated by a healthy lifestyle wanting affordable, fun and comfortable active wear; to not only sell to others but they too wanted to wear.

I was lucky enough to try out some of their products and I couldn’t be happier. It suits exactly what I am after as well as been comfortable, bright (as I like to stand out when I’m working out!) and really practically made with purpose in mind, (for example the leggings have a pocket at the back to place your key!)

I cant wait to show you more of the active wear in coming weeks!

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I was wearing:

Thanks for stopping by

kirsty-signoff