Sister’s are doin’ it for themselves

Sister’s are doin’ it for themselves

Who doesn’t love a bit of Eurythmics for an empowering ballad?!

So it’s been nearly two weeks since my lovely friend Laura and I launched our new business venture. Welcoming Pudding & Chops. We design and sell alternative milestone cards, basically we are trying to bring a little humour to some of the crappy times we all go through as parents.

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Looks great – So where did this all come from?

Having spent the last year or so surviving the days with two little monsters in tow it was a sense of relief when I befriended other mums who had more than one child. Having one child can be hard work but having more than one makes having single offspring look like a doddle, seriously those of you with one child who complain at me about how tiring it is or the tantrums you’re dealing with – puh sorry you’ve got it easy 😉

So in the deep dark moments there were a couple of us that collided together in multiple offspring mayhem….and then along came Laura.

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We had known of each other before our friendship blossomed but it was the arrival of little Nessa chops that brought us closer together. Our morning/daily/hourly rants at what had just unfolded in front of us gave us solace that we weren’t alone, we shared tales of poonamis and vomit, we cried over the lack of sleep, we existed in each others company sometimes barely able to hold a conversation for our brains had truly been rotted by the demands of our monsters.

Soon it became a running joke of sharing yet another poonami story and one day in our sleep deprived ranting moments we cursed the world and its perfect instagrammed moments where everything is perfect, other peoples kids were perfect, their outfits are perfect, the activities are put together in pinterest perfect style and the mummies themselves were perfectly put together not a hair out of place, no stain upon their clothes nor a bag under their eyes.

“Where’s reality? F#%* the perfect moments what about the real moments!”

“Yeah like ‘Today I poonamied all over my nice clean outfit and now I have to wear the emergency one size too small babygro’, where’s that in your milestone moments?”

And that’s where the idea started, over messages we joked about “Today I…..(insert real life drama with children here)…” until it was finally said “wouldn’t it be great if there were some funny alternative milestone cards?”

And this is where I come in… “we should do it, I can design them!” I would just like to add at this point that I am not a designer in any sense of the word, so why I volunteered myself escapes me but I’m so glad I did.

I’m not a complete amateur as I have dabbled in the past and being a teacher and liking things all pretty I have spent many a night redesigning worksheets and revision guides so they look more appealing but I am far from a pro, previously I have worked my magic all in powerpoint.

I made our wedding invitations and all the signs and props for the tables,

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I’ve done some party invitations for the boys:

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and for Ben:

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Designed a flyer for my cake business:

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The list goes on, if I’ve had the opportunity to design something I will give it a go, it’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing, but it’s always been on powerpoint.

The same started with Pudding and Chops, first we needed a name – after a couple of uninspiring ideas I asked if there was something she always called Nessa, a nickname perhaps as I always call Myles my little pudding, when she came back with chops we put it together and we liked it. It’s us, it’s what has united us in friendship, it’s different – it’s Pudding & Chops.

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So I started playing around on powerpoint and tinkered away but I soon realised if this was going to become something real and a product we were going to sell, I needed to do it properly. So in between organising Christmas and Myles’ first birthday, dealing with the day to day drama and life, running and blogging I have been teaching myself how to use a basic design package. I know our cards are not anything extraordinary in their design but to do something properly, have it correctly sized etc etc it has taken a long time to learn, make mistakes and re-edit, a lot of laundry folding has been sacrificed in pursuing this idea.

In the meantime Laura was sourcing information on printers in the area, costings etc. Finally it came to a point where I had done 20 designs, Laura had sourced a number of quotes….now what?? Well we actually had to do something with it, take the first step, take a leap of faith, so we did. We approached a local printer who I have used a number of times for some of my smaller prints and photos and we negotiated a price, we sent across the designs and they were pinged back….not saved in the correct format, not the correct size, needed a bleed of 3mm, need to increase dpi blah blah (insert more technical jargon).

Well that was it I thought, I haven’t got a clue what I’m doing, this is not going to work! But with the patience and kindness from Tamsin at Johnsons Printers we finally got to a point where we had a file, a file that could be sent to print, that had all the correct information, was at a high enough resolution that it didn’t resemble something from a Minecraft creation. We went to test print and we nervously awaited the final result but it was worth the wait, they actually looked good. I was half expecting them to look naff and that would be the end to our dream but it took me by surprise. Ok to be fair there were still some tweaks to be made, but after all that I had learnt it was nothing I couldn’t do in a jiffy.

So here we are stock flying in and swiftly flying out. We spend our evenings processing orders, wrapping the packs in tissue paper and adorning them in stickers (obviously created by myself) and we send them on their merry way to their happy new homes.

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What’s in store for Pudding & Chops? Well you will have to keep an eye out, we have many ideas in the pipeline and we are constantly evolving. What was a flippant comment made in jest over sleepless nights and more vomit and shite than you can imagine has now turned into something.

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We can’t wait to see where this goes.

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36 Comments

  1. Little Steps/Dean B (@LittleStepsTwit)

    The cards look like so much fun! Well done to you and your friend. Love, love, the first photo. So adorable 🙂 Good luck with the new business!

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  2. Sarah Stockley (@kipperscurtains)

    Well done you two! These are awesome – really are! I too have considered making and selling things. I hand painted lots of signs for our wedding and people loved them, so I’ve always thought about making and selling art or prints. I’d be happy to share your business. Sarah #FabFridayPost

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    • thewhimsicaladventuresofanotsosupermum

      Thanks Sarah and you should do it, even if it’s just a hobby it’s great to be able to share what you do and what you’re proud of.
      Thank you for sharing we really appreciate it x x x

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  3. Louise x (@withlovefromlou)

    These are awesome. We had an epic poonami here last night – I wish I’d seen them sooner :p

    Louise x

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  4. Izzie Anderton

    Good luck with your exciting new business venture. I hope it’s a resounding success x

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  5. Elena (@Spanish_mummy)

    Well done you two, what a great idea. I wish you a lot of success in your venture and I am sure you will do very well as there are a lot of mums that will love the cards
    #FabFridayPost

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  6. Helena Feofanov

    Good luck with your business, everything looks so pretty, much talent and creativity, I love handicrafts and diy, looks awesome! X

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  7. ljdove23

    These are AMAZING, I so wish I had a baby to start this all over again with!! I love them and would buy them for all of my mummy to be friends, they have no idea what’s in store do they?! #coolmumclub

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    • thewhimsicaladventuresofanotsosupermum

      Haha thanks hun, wishing for the mental milestones again are you mad 😉
      Glad you like them though, it was definitely a leap of faith doing this especially with going back to work soon for the both of us, but it seems to be going well so who knows what the future will hold 🙂 x x x

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      • ljdove23

        Haha the mental milestones are actually my favourite ones, much more interesting than first tooth or first smile!! Good luck, they are going to be a hit!! xx

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  8. joannavictoria

    What a great idea we always capture the perfect moments so why not the not so perfect.

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  9. Renna

    Congratulations on your new business. They look super cute and great Baby Shower Gifts!!

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  10. Melanie Edjourian

    I love the cards they are so cute, the one about peeing on daddy is hillarious as our baby boy did exactly that yesterday.

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  11. Erica Price

    These look fun and they are so well presented in their packaging too.

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  12. Ana De Jesus

    Well done hun that is a massive achievement , I love the visible bond between you and your sister. How long were you a teacher for, I can tell you were one because of how good your crafts are!

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    • thewhimsicaladventuresofanotsosupermum

      Thanks Ana, I’m still a teacher, heading back to work in a couple of weeks after my last maternity leave 🙁 although being a science teacher to high school kids confuses people when they see my design and baking skills.
      It’s a great venture between me and friend, it’s brought our friendship closer together and we discover more and more each day how similar we are in many ways. X x x

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  13. Rachel

    Wow high five to you too and I absolutely love this, they look amazing and I am wishing you all the luck in the world x

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    • thewhimsicaladventuresofanotsosupermum

      Thank you Rachel that’s so kind of you, we’re glad you like them, it’s kind of scary taking an idea and making it a reality but it’s great fun aswell. X x x

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  14. Kara Guppy

    These are brilliant – I am so going to buy these for a friend!

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  15. CAT CULMER

    What a fab idea! Lots of luck in your new venture. I’ll be ordering some of these for my bezzies baby girl who is due in August.

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  16. motherhoodtherealdeal

    SO inspiring well done sistas! Loving the stuff you’ve made so far. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub xx

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  17. Zena's Suitcase

    This is such a great idea, and it certainly sounds like you have the talent and skills to make this a huge success. I think these will be flooding my instagram feed very soon

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    • thewhimsicaladventuresofanotsosupermum

      Aaaw thank you Zena that’s really kind of you, let’s hope they are flooding everyone’s Instagram’s feed soon ? thanks for stopping by and commenting, appreciate it x x x

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  18. Something Crunchy Mummy

    Well done on taking the leap and starting. Brilliant name and I think it’s such a great idea! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

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    • thewhimsicaladventuresofanotsosupermum

      Thanks we quite like the name aswell, it’s nice to have a meaning behind it rather than it be something random. Glad you like the idea ? x x x

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