Alphabet Monkey turns 2

alphabet Monkey turns two

This week Alphabet Monkey turned two….

I kind of can’t believe it. The time has gone by so fast and Alphabet Monkey has grown so much. Way more than I could have envisaged back in 2010 when my little guy was six months old and I was loving being a stay at home mum. For some reason I decided to open a little Etsy shop selling alphabet singlets and cushions. You know I really don’t know how I came to discover Etsy, I wish I could remember because it has really changed my life.

Before I discovered I was pregnant..I had been feeling restless with life..I was looking around at other work options. Id always enjoyed my work but i had lost my creative spark…So I thought I’d use my year of maternity leave to just be..you know just take life as it comes with no pressures or commitments . I think having the space to do nothing creatively allowed the fire inside to reignite all on its own.

I think this is a good lesson that sometimes you need to cut off from things to allow new ideas to grow.

So how did I come to specialize in cot quilts for boys….well not long after I set up the online shop I had a discussion with a local childrens boutique owner who expressed interest in basically anything geared towards boys especially for nurseries and bedrooms. And so I guess that was the seed of the idea that has become Alphabet Monkey today.

I want to just express thanks to all the friends, family and lovely people out there who have supported me, encouraged me and loved my product. I would never have imagined being in this position a few years ago..I mean not so long ago I couldn’t even use a sewing machine….but I’m just going to open to let it evolve as my life continues to do the same.


Photo credits
I thought this little felt birthday cupcake was just perfect from Milk Fly and this sock monkey banner from Blue Moon Studios would be great for a monkey theme party. And ohh those gorgeous little monkey cupcakes are courtesy of Sweet Things

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8 Responses to Alphabet Monkey turns 2

  1. mydearbakes October 22, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    Wow! Congrats on turning 2!
    What an impressive feat! =)

  2. Janina October 29, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    Hey Nicole!
    Congrats! It’s lovely to hear that your business goes so well! I like the look of your blog and am glad that I found you via BYW! Will come back for more!
    Greets, Janina

    • nicolenicol October 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

      Thanks for the visit..I will hope to visit you too..yes there are lots of new blogs and people to meet with BYW , nicx

  3. samjolivier October 29, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Congratulations! Time flies when you’re having fun! And your work is really gorgeous. It is often hard to find beautiful things for boys.
    sam (byw)

    • nicolenicol October 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

      Thanks so much Sam xx

  4. Jenni Fuchs (Museum Diary) October 29, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    Oh my, what a lovely website! I have a little boy who is about to turn two (known to my blog readers as #MuseumBaby). I’m so glad our BYW homework brought me to your blog, and I’ll sure be making return visits 🙂 Enjoy the last week of the course. Best wishes, Jenni

    • nicolenicol October 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

      Hi jenni,
      Thanks for visiting..I also have to do that homework..it’s great to connect with new people. My little one is turning 3 in march..the time flies doesn’t it. Nicolex