Urgggh teething time. It is happening right now in our house, in fact I think it has been happening FOREVER. Besides the lack of sleep with my teething bub, I also get the worlds most wet baby. My first son lived in a bib, it drove me mad, as back then there was not quite the fashionable selection there is today, and it was always a daggy terry towelling number.
If only I had known about Flobib way back then. A fabulous way to cope with the drooly bub syndrome, but in a fashionable way. And how cute do these Flobib’s look on?
Recently I spent 5 minutes with Nikola-Jane from Flobib and here is what she had to say:
What inspired you to start your business?
I really got my inspiration when my little girl started teething and dribbling everywhere – her clothes were getting soaked all the time and I didn’t want to put a plain boring bib on her, covering her pretty clothes up. I found some really cute vintage fabric, and made her a bandanna style bib. Once friends started commenting, I thought that I could take the idea further and start a small business.
I have always been into crafts, fashion and making jewellery. So learning to sew has been my new fun thing to do!
What was your first sale?
My first sale was to a friend back in the UK – she bought two bibs. It’s lovely that some of my friends have been my first customers. They have offered suggestions and given great feedback.
Where did your business name come from?
Flobib is named after my little girl, Florence. Also, the endless Flow of dribble I had to deal with!
Where does most of your creating take place? Show us.
At the moment, on the breakfast bar of my kitchen – it’s not ideal, but I live on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea, so it’s got a great view! We need more space so we are moving house in the next week or so – I will miss the apartment a lot, but I will have a proper work space in the new house so that will be fantastic.
What is your favourite item that you make?
I love the Daisy Girl bib. It’s Amy Butler fabric – so cute.
What do you hope to achieve in 2009?
As Flobib is a new venture for me, getting out there and attracting new customers would be a great achievement. Continuing to work on my website www.flobib.com and coming up with new product ideas. I am attending Mathilda’s Market on the 5th July, in Sydney. So as it’s my first market, I am looking forward to the whole process of making stock, creating a stall, and meeting my customers! I am hoping the market will be a success.
What was the last handcrafted item you brought?
Not very exciting, but essential for a new mum – a wheat bag pillow, I bought it at Paddington Markets in Sydney – great to soothe my neck!
What item couldn’t you live without?
My teapot. I love my tea.