Maximising Time – New Way Of Working

I’ve been so awful at keeping up this blog since little Tilda arrived, I’m sorry.

Life hasn’t been so easy to juggle and I’m learning a lot about who I am and how I work, now that I am trying to do the most important job of all, parenting, I have found it hard to fit anything else in tbh : /

I now get 2 days a week when Nils takes care of Tilda and I escape to an office in Malmo where I get to focus 100% on eka. It’s not been easy to jump between the two versions of myself but with the help of practice, ‘to do’ lists and idea notes I am getting much better at putting the right hat on each day!

I really feel like organisation is key in juggling everything, gone are the days that I can sit waiting for inspiration embarking upon virtual journeys for hours reading blogs and pondering pinterest boards, I need to maximise each moment I get to work. Priority is key, I’m working towards making certain that each item I have in the collection is working it’s hardest in each shop (BigCartel, Etsy, NotOnTheHighStreet, HardToFind and GiftWrappedAndGorgeous) I have copy writing and photography high on my list of importance so that once that’s done I can shift my focus towards more newness and development.

I am also looking for some help to put my designs into written patterns for how to kits, do you know how to write crochet patterns? – contact me if you’re interested.

Dressing Elves

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This time last month I was crocheting like a maniac to get a box of ‘Elf Booties’ off to NotOnTheHighStreet in time for the ‘StylistLIVE’ event that happened this weekend.

I won’t bore you with the details, but I’ll say one thing, there’s some blood, sweat and a few tears woven into those turquoise booties complete with jingling bells on the toes. I felt so relieved when I read the ‘your parcel has been delivered’ message on the TNT tracking page, not sure how long I’d been holding my breath for, maybe 6 days : /

My reward has been seeing all of the lovely images on Instagram and Twitter, I feel like it was an enormous achievement for me to manage to make them in the time, especially with my little side kick and all the previous arrangements that couldn’t be put on hold, one being Tilda’s First Birthday and another being an epic holiday to Crete (deadline was the day we left for Greece, boy I earned that holiday! haha, so worth it.

photo credits to the following instagram accounts – Liz Warwick, Fairycakejo, Lauragrieve

EKA In The Media

I haven’t been updating this blog since our little Bean arrived last year, I’m sorry to anyone that was a die hard and stuck with us, if there were any of you out there!

2015/16 seemed to be they ‘year for great coverage’ for eka, we had a bunch of editorials featuring items from the collection, which was great.

Our biggest amount of attention has been from NotOnTheHighStreet , we are so thankful for their continued support, offering us such amazing opportunities, I even got to experience a day filming an advert with them for Valentines!! Tilda came along and they provided an on set nanny for her, I felt like royalty, to say it was a great experience is an understatement, it’s one I’ll never forget (I fear Tilda already has forgotten her time spent with the same on set nanny as was used on the Harry Potter set! don’t worry though, I’ll keep reminding her ; )

There was some amazing coverage in digital and printed media over the winter period too, here’s a few examples of those, my fav being Mollie Makes, that magazine is a bible to handmakers and I feel so proud to have been spotted by them.

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New Crew Member

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So, behind the scenes a lot has been going on here. On the 23rd September we welcomed a little girl into the world. It’s been incredible to experience such a great pregnancy and birth supported by the lovely midwives here, they were 100% behind my desire for a natural birth, even when my natal hypnotherapy meditation made me relax way too much and stall the pushing contractions! : S (I think I shouldn’t have been falling asleep to my CD’s… maybe I never actually got as far as the ‘pushing her out’ bit! hehe)

Life is great and we’ve almost decided on a name…almost!

New Year – So much going on…and then.


Well, as is the general feeling of N.Y it’s a time for refection and new plans and ideas, I love the fresh feeling you have when you approach work after New Year.. even though I’ve not really stopped with sock making all through Christmas and New Year! haha so my ‘New Year feeling’ has been a little delayed!

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Armed with my Lollipop Designs year planner and week planner on my desk, this week I downloaded the NOTHS yearly business planning spreadsheets and my sketchbook is filling up with new ideas and plans to develop the existing range too. It’s such a fun time of year when you feel so energised by looking forward and planning the year and making samples for the new collection….. then BAM… you get the flue and end up feeling rubbish for a week and literally only doing the least possible to ‘put out fires’ and deal with orders. Ooph, I hate it when that happens, sickness is something I’m not used to or any good at, unless I feel 100% I just want to sulk and lie under a duvet cursing life. All I’ve been doing is dragging my ass out to walk the poor bored dog, she doesn’t know what hit her, no fun or activation, not ideal for a Collie cross!

So, here’s to a more productive week starting Monday! I’m already pretty behind with my samples so I really need to get on it : S

Mollie Makes – featuring eka!

molly makesSometimes the coolest things happen and you have to take a moment to really appreciate them before the moment has gone, eka in Mollie Makes Magazine is one of those momentous moments I feel like I’m not truly appreciating because this time of year is a manic whirlwind of orders and no sleep!

So, now that the orders are slowing before Christmas and there is time in the day to reflect on the highs and lows of the year, I’ve chosen to shout about this epic magazine and the fact that the chose to feature the eka Smiley Face Mittens : )

Here’s how Mollie Makes describes themselves-

Mollie Makes is a lifestyle magazine for those who live creatively. We bring you the latest crafting trends in easy-to-follow how-tos, encouraging you to adapt and share your own crafty spin on things. We celebrate creative industries and give up-and-coming designers their first platform. We discuss hot topics in the design world with lots of insider tips. And above all, we aim to inspire you to live your best, artful life.

Creative endeavors are more than a day job for the Mollie Makes team. From choosing gorgeous indie cushions and prints for our interiors pages to learning how to take beautiful photos for our website and Instagram feeds; customising our clothes to making gifts for friends, we’re crafting along with you. We love trying new things and being inspired by what you’re creating, wearing and blogging about too.

The Mollie Makes community is supportive, lively and full of crafty knowledge and like-minded people. Come and join us!

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