A new direction…

Ive been doing a lot of thinking lately about life, business and the future.  Trying to pin down exactly what you want is sometimes hard..especially when you feel grateful for the life you have.

I have had a lot of changes in my personal life in the last 12 months and it has led to a lot of upheaval and soul searching.  On top of that trying to balance the birth of my second child with running Alphabet Monkey. And all the ideas I had to grow it in 2015-16 had to take a bit of a back seat which has been very frustrating.

But lately I’m trying to search around inside for what it is I really want. Well its taken me a couple of months but I feel like suddenly the fog is has to cleared and  I can see a world of new possibilities.

I was thinking back over all the jobs I’ve had and how I came to start Alphabet Monkey in the first place. So today I thought I’d share a little background because I feel bit like my journey is starting to come full circle.

I grew up in a home with a creative mother ( signwriter by trade) who was extremely talented at sewing.  I remember sitting on the floor among the scraps of exotic laces and silks in the wedding dress boutique where my mother worked.  I remember going to classes to make porcelain dolls and ceramics with her. Going to the Doll shows that she entered and won and selling my little Fimo (moulding clay) teddy bear miniatures for $2 a pop while she sold her dolls and dolls clothes.

She taught me to draw, paint, and finally sew when we first launched the idea for Alphabet Monkey.

mothers day

She got me my first job at 14 in a local craft store in our tiny seaside village.  We used to have classes to make fabric covered tissue boxes, decorate hats for walls..I was a gun with that spray glue..hehe it was the late 80’s after all.

Always with her support, I then went on to own a gallery, work as a visual artist ( remember the frangipani craze, I could paint one in my sleep), and worked in the interior design industry before having my little boy.


So in looking forward , I have been looking back to what I loved about  Alphabet Monkey and what is was that drove me in the beginning.   The answer is pretty simple…just like my mum, I love creating.

So the future for Alphabet Monkey is going to be all about this…

We will get back to basics with our focus on boys ranges. I’m going to explore the new world of modern quilting and bring some of those minimalist designs to you…because I need to create things I love.

And best of all I’m going to let you in on all the fun when we launch our  Make it Yourself Range in September 2016. Get ready to make your own quilt or enlist the help of your mother, grandma or aunt who are all wanting to make something for your little one.  We will have patterns and kits including pre cut appliqués and our exclusive fabrics so you can experience the feeling of creating it yourself.

I’m so excited to be sharing this with you and we will soon be off to Bali where I can can oversee the production of our fabrics ready for our kits..it’s going to be hard to narrow it down to a few designs.

You can follow my life in our Bali house on instagram on my personal account @nicole.nicol or check out our little house @villa.nanas




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