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Finally new prints for our nursing tops

Nothing is ever easy !

Even the little things can take so long but if you keep keeping on you will get there, well that’s what i’ve been telling myself! I’ve been amazingly slack with making new prints, mostly due to problems with actually making the screen i use to print the design. Some major technical problems but now this has been overcome.

I’ve decided this year i am going to release more prints, as you know i hand print all my nursing tops, this involves several processes from making the initial graphic so making the silk screen to them the actual printing so i get all precious about them because it takes a while to make them! SO be gentle with them i’m going to show you some of the new ones.

This is our island print double layer nursing top.

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Gorgeous olympic blue nursing top printed with our Island print (it’s one of the original prints i started with back in the 00’s! so it’s special to me) . The white ink for the print really makes the design stand out . This nursing top works on the double layer method so one shirt up and one shirts down (well move it to the side as there are nursing openings on either side of the undershirt) i’ve been told by a mum who has twins it’s great for tandem nursing as the centre panel keeps you covered whilst still being able to get access to breastfeed.

Vamp Nursing top

Our vamp print is available on both green and blue double layer nursing tops.I am partial to a little True blood tv so thought Vamp would be a great addition to our nursing top range with a nod to the vamps!

 

There will be more prints coming soon

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What were your childhood films?

I’ve been doing some research for some new prints i’m hoping to bring out and i’ve totally fallen in love again with all the old retro film tshirts from my youth . We are talking a little while ago, i am a 70’s child after all (70’s child and proud baby!) and some of them are awesome! I saw on instagram a lush green Teenage mutant ninja Turtle tee and it was so cool i want it ! Admittedly the TMNT didn’t really float my boat back in the 80’s (or now really) but the shirt was freakin cool. I’ve also spotted a cool Ghostbusters shirt although right now i think i’d look more like the stay puff marshmallow guy in it ! Ghostbusters brought me onto this awesome Bobby Brown video – There is even a younger looking Donald Trump in it (apologies)

So what was your favourite film or TV show from when you were little?

Obviously for copyright issues i won’t be able to print any of them (i just don’t have that kind of cash !!) but i’d love to make some new prints that have the vibe of back in the day ; I am massively into retro / vintage feel and would be cool to extended my nursing top collection with some great new retro prints.

I have actually got some new fabric and shirts on order, it’s going to take longer than i really wanted to get them made but that is the story of my life at the moment ; My fault for not submitting the order sooner but they are a new nursing mechanism and will included some shorter sleeve breastfeeding tops for the summer – whoop. Thats if we do actually  get a summer, i mean we deserve one for sure! So check back in around 6 weeks and there should be progress !

 

Take care, Liz

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New direction

Sometimes i’m not too sure if i am right for business, i find the passive aggressive constraints of “the business” world quite stifling; The “Well it’s done this way” or the “yes the german market is really where you need to be” ………..

Well i say stuff it ! I have decided to continue doing things my way, my way as in whats right for me and what i think is right for my customers who i care about and not the people trying to make a £ off of your back.

Pricing has always been a contentious issue for me, i want to price my shirts at a lower end and sell at what i consider a reasonable price, it would be great to price your shirts at a price where you can buy a few and not break the bank. Thing is they are really expensive for me to make, when compared to the big boys i am more than small ; I’ve found a great company who make my shirts, great fabric and it’s really cool but it’s also so tough !

I really just wanted to make this blog post to say things are changing, new designs and shirts, different nursing openings just different. Everything seems to take so long but i promise a change is coming

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November madness all nursing tops under £20

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Our new colour nursing tops are here,my favourite is the lovely rich looking burgundy colour one (especially our mothership print looks amazing on it ) ; I’ve made the rest of november a special month as all our nursing tops are under £20.

I totally understand the need for reasonable priced nursing wear, i am a mum, i’m not rich, i totally get you ! I hand print each top, it’s a very hands on company, i love doing this but one thing that gets to me and i promise i try my absolute best to provide my nursing tops are THE best price. I have the shirts manufactured in small batches so this reflects in the price i pay for them (high !) , all shirts are made in Europe so you know no slave labour marlarky has been involved, and you can be confident the shirt on your back has been made with respect and care.

The more we sell the cheaper than can be, so tell your friends, spread the word !

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Times change a lot with a baby

There is 5 years between my children, i won’t bore you with the reason but within this 5 years there had been a huge change in fashion and  gadgets for new parents. Some things like prams for instance really seem to come in and out of fashion (hey both my children used the same pram, i’m sure they won’t remember what they were pushed around in but i’m way too tight and poor to buy a new one! Not judging those who do though x) .

Another thing is sleeping arrangements. I saw this post on facebook and felt the need to share :

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I seriously think this is wonderful , wonderful for any new new mum in hospital. I had c sections with both my girls, i had to stay in hospital for 3 days with both and my second daughter would not sleep unless i was near her. Those big plastic cots on wheels they supply in hospital , they just wouldn’t cut it for my girl! This cot above would have been perfect. She could be close to me but i wouldn’t be able to squash her. I’ll never forget the 2 nights i lay awake for the whole night (and thats such a long time when you are tired) holding her while she slept. The sun coming up and my fear that i had fell asleep while holding her and she was squashed (i didn’t fall asleep but your brain plays cruel tricks on you when very tired). I hated being in hospital; this was just one of the reasons.

So my look at how gadgets have evolved since my daughters were babies continued, i found this

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It’s from a company called Swede kids (here is a link to their facebook), it looks pretty cool. I have never used one of these but it looks so handy. YOur toddler can have a chance to sit down too on your journeys. Just trying to figure out if i could get my big butt in one of these then my husband could push me around ha!

If you have any great new gadgets you’ve found for babies / toddlers just let me know.

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Sketch owl nursing top – keep you cosy mama

I was packing our little dude up to go to a new home and thought i’d snap a few pictures !

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Our Sketch owl nursing tee is made from lovely soft organic cotton so nice you’ll never want to take it off ……. ok maybe a little over exaggeration there but it’s darn good ! Hand printed, everyone is different from the last, i mix the ink by hand no crazy formulas here so sometimes there can be variation in print batches, but that adds to the originality of it all. Be boring if everything was the same!

If owls are your thing (i’m with you here sister) we have a few other nursing and maternity shirts with owls on them. Owls just kind of snuck up on me and before you knew it i’ve got a shop full of them ! yay for our feathered friend.

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Do what you love and love what you do

I love my cabin, i escape into it and i literally loose myself in what i’m doing. It’s so cool to have a separate work space away from the house. I’ve always had my storage to keep all my shirts but i’ve never had an area away where i can call my own. I have now 🙂 It’s brill.

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Excuse the stingers, they grow so fast! I can sit in my cabin and see foxes walk past, we have a badger that lives under our other shed and the birds are so amazing to listen too. I’ve had a really stressful time lately, things still aren’t really resolved either so to go and sit in here, switch radio 6 on and i really feel i am at home. It’s a little of the country in suburbia ! I literally have to walk over a stream to reach my cabin.

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I print all the tee’s in my cabin, from making the graphics, the silk screen preparation to the actual printing. I LOVE it. There is a lot that goes into making the print for my nursing shirts, first of all there is the graphic side of what actually is going to get printed, how would it look on shirt, would people like it? How many screens do i have to produce to make the print? For each separate colour you need a new screen. The process goes on and on! The printing side of things is the most enjoyable part i find but it’s the shortest, the cleaning up and the prep of the screens / inks etc is the most time consuming !

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This is the positive film i made for our unicorn nursing tee , i put this on a silk screen and expose it to UV light and it makes the screen so i can print through it.

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These are the exposed silk screens, you print through these and onto the shirts ; It’s so rewarding seeing a print come together, because the colours are separated onto different screens it can look really odd until you print the final colour and it all comes together.

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Our new Palm Tree print for our new nursing shirts.

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Storage of our silk screens , it’s cool seeing our funky owls and pretty mandala pattern on screens just waiting to be printed with ! To make something yourself is so totally different from having something made for you; This sounds a bit crazy but i really want people to love the shirts and printing them myself makes me feel a little bit of extra care and love has gone into them. I can look at a shirt that someone might post on instagram and think ” i printed that whilst listening to Lauren Lavern, and it was a really cool day” ! When i stop printing a certain print and then i still see people wearing them i get really chuffed; It’s a little bit of history and to think people like the shirts enough to keep them, and keep wearing them is really really lovely.

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I just wanted to convey that i’ve always wanted to produce the best nursing shirts for you, i love what i do, i don;t have a massive marketing budget, i’m basically a one woman band who does everything, i just hope my shirts make you feel that tiny bit more comfortable / good / happy . You don’t have to be a big company to be good at what you do (sometimes’s i’ve found it’s the exact opposite) , small is good too !

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Regular womens shirts and baby and child shirt range

Boom we are going to be launching regular womens shirts ie non maternity and non nursing T-Shirts and a baby and child range. *does moon walk*.

So many people have asked me over the years if i could make a non nursing shirt for them, i’ve always just said no, i am sorry but right now – well things are changing. Basically my friend had a baby and she isn’t nursing but wanted a shirt to match the baby grow she bought for her son, so i made her one. This had now developed into a new range of non- maternity wear. It’s going to look a little something like this:

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Also i am extending our baby range, now T-Shirts and baby grows will be available, all hand printed by mama here in Bristol. New water based inks will be used, all non toxic and kind to the environment, so you can now wear the same as your child if you wish! I’m really going for the funk and some of the baby ringer baby grows are so cute it’s beyond belief.

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This is just a little snippet of what’s to come; I also have some new nursing tops on their way, it seems like it’s been forever, but i guess they say you can’t rush good things!

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Mama’s print shop !

Thanks so everyone who answered my last blog post asking for models / testers for our new range of nursing tops ; I was mega chuffed to get so many replies, it really took me by surprise. I don’t really expect too many people to check my blog out so happy days *thumbs up to you lovely ladies*.

I wish i could have said yes to everyone who replied, i really appreciate your time, if i was running a big multi national company you ladies would have had one for sure, it was purely a financial thang and i can’t afford to send you all one (sobs)  ; Right now i’m cool with running my little business but i do have plans to extend the range by quite  a lot so i will need new testers in the future .

Also a new thing for this year is Mama;s print shop, i now screen print my shirts myself , it’s really cool, i love it, it requires a lot of organisation on my part ( for someone who is laid back this means i need to concentrate! ) but it means i have tons of flexibility and i feel even more connected to my brand. Screen printing is a real art, Paul & Ben who have printed all my last collections are so brilliant and some of our shirts will continue to be done by them but some by me.

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I also have some new prints ready for when our new nursing shirts arrive and the are really cool ; I’ve had to do 2 batches of manufacturing runs, the one which i’m hoping should be with me in the next couple of weeks included 2 new colours of nursing tops and the boat neck style have been tweaked a little; The shirts will have slightly more stretch to them and the sizes are being made that little bit bigger per size as we found our Organic nursing tops weren’t as stretchy as our non organic. I really want to get things bang on for you guys so i hopefully these changes will make our breastfeeding tops even more cosier !

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I really wanted to say too if there was any older designs that you really liked of ours that we no long sell please let us know, i might be able to do something about it and bring it back 🙂

I really hope you like the new designs , they should be here soon, *excited face*

New surf style print nursing top.

New surf style print nursing top.

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