The Small Store

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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I came across the Small Store through a Facebook group and instantly fell in love with their beautiful baby products. The Small Store stocks a fabric baby goods such as nappy pouches, bibs, shoes and cot sheets. The nappy pouch is so handy for swapping from one bag to another and the cot & bassinet sheets are so well made with the most adorable tag. Cot flat and fitted sheets are not often sold separately and I was delighted to find that the small store offer this option. With a sleeping sack or swaddle you don't need a flat sheet.

The woman behind the Small Store is Sydney mum of two, Hayley. Hayley has graciously agreed to answer a few questions about her business and herself.

The idea for the Small Store came from..... 
The small store came about as I was a mum-in-waiting. I finally had some time to myself as I stepped on the hamster wheel of everyday work/life. Sewing was something I had done with my mum as a child. Though I'm not doing it with my children, my son (2) likes to pretend at the sewing machine I am doing it for them.

The most challenging part of running your own business is.....
Time! Most days I wish there were more hours in the day. Others I wish for less. It's hard to get that balance between mum, work, wife,and socialising (that definitely hits the backburner) without burning out.

Your time management secret is.....
Kids napping at the same time. Doesn't often happen but when it does my house whirs with the sound of my sewing machine.

Your style essentials are....
Monochromes and grey tones. Love a piece of timeless black and I'm going back to the simple prints of stripes, spots etc. Less is more.
Also, my mum would be so proud to hear I do have a very soft spot for a floral. 

You relax by..... 
Truly, sewing. Its my unwind, my 'I' zone, my creative outlet and while it does offer its own pressures I find they are different to the pressures of 2 kids (under 2!). Plus it's seen as a valid excuse to skip the housework by my husband; I've done some good brainwashing work there.

A huge thanks to Hayley for giving us a little insight into what makes the Small Store store tick. I find it so inspiring to read about how mums are making their businesses work. Far from finding time, it's about making time & loving what you do. If sewing is your way to unwind, make it your business. It's win win!

Check out the Small Store on Instagram or Shop here

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Ps Eat Drink Shop Alice Springs City Guide, The Nappy Collective Alice Springs 2016

Credits
Nappy pouch - @thesmallstore
Shoes - @thesmallstore
Bib - @thesmallstore
Basinet sheet - @thesmallstore
Cot sheet - @thesmallstore
Cot - @targetaus
Rug - @kmartaus
Wrap - @modernburlap
Blanket - @targetaus
Photography & Styling - @girlinthepjs

This post was a collaboration between @girlinthepjs & @thesmallstore
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