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Meet Our Stockist, Little Paper Lane

We chat to the our talented stockist, Jayde from Little Paper Lane about where her stationery obsession came from and the exciting journey she has been on.

Share with us the story of how Little Paper Lane came to life. 

I think owning a shop has always been a little pipe dream I had. In my previous job as a nanny, my boss had a couple of shops and I was always so blown away with everything she did. My son was 3 and the kids I nannied were getting too old for a nanny so it was time for me to move on. I just remember sitting at the beach with my friend Chris and we were talking about what we would do if we could do any job and money was no object. I told him I wanted a stationery shop because I have always been obsessed with stationery and he said well you could totally do it…and I was like yeh I totally can! When I want to do something and I know its going to be great I’m the most motivated human alive.

When did your love for beautiful stationery begin? 

When I was little my mum said I was always collecting stationery. One of my earliest memories was when my Nan and Pop took me to Cardiology and let me buy a wooden stamp and rainbow ink pad, which took me SO LONG to decide on. My Pop saw how happy I was and snuck me back the next day to buy me more stamps. It was the best thing ever. I also used to spend my pocket money on fury stickers and scratch n sniff stickers.

What is one of the major things you’ve learnt since starting Little Paper Lane?

Retail is hardcore! I think I assumed the hard part would be picking the right products to sell. However, I soon discovered that I have a pretty good skill when it comes to knowing the markets and picking the right designers and products. Although, dealing with accounts and chain stores who are just killing the small shops by copying them, is really hard. You also work more hours than any job before and you have to learn quite quickly how to survive off making no money as every cent goes into the business. It’s a hard job to take on when its your own business, but I love it.

How would you describe your style in three words?

A.Syle.Mutt.

Why is it important more than ever to support local Australian businesses?

Well because the world is very beige when we only support mass produced overseas chain stores. Local businesses help with community things like sports teams and local craft clubs, and we are the ones that provide the awesome gift hamper to your local raffles that then use the money to help their clubs or charities. I recently read a quote which rings so true to small local businesses ‘I gave you $10 and he gave you $20. You felt he was better because he gave you more. But he had $2000 all I had was $10.’ It’s all about perspective. Big business has a lot to give. And thats awesome when they do, but for a small business to contribute to their community it comes straight out of their pocket. Thats what I love about local businesses. They just seem to be more generous with their communities for the love of it. For us it means not only helping us keep the kids fed but we also support Aussie designers who then support local printers and its a beautiful little ripple. Aussie businesses provide colour and individuality. It’s important to keep that alive.

What are your favourite pieces from the Little Branch collection?

I’m obsessed with the Emma Blomfield collaboration collection. It’s so totally Little Branch but because I know Emma as well its so totally her too. It was a perfect marriage of design. Every single wrap that Little Branch makes is always stunning and I can’t go past a card ever! So I guess like EVERYTHING. Im not good with favourites.

Walking into your store instantly brightens our day, so what exciting new products have you got in store for us to shop this month? 

I’ve introduced Stoned Crystals and various other crystals to the store, which seem to be a hit. I love the idea of paper gifts with crystals, it’s like they are meant to be best friends. So Im excited to see where the road takes us, but it smells amazing in there with candles and incense, it looks gorgeous and it feels beautiful to touch everything and we always play music. The only thing you can’t do in there with your senses is eat it 😉 But I’m obsessed with having a candy store so stay tuned…you may be able to eat something in there one day too 😉

Visit Little Paper Lane online at www.littlepaperlane.com.au or

pop in store at Shop 5, 1 Waratah Street, Mona Vale NSW 2103.

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Meet Our Stockist, Gifts at Teacup

We chat to the lovely, Tahnee from Gifts at Teacup about her quirky way of selecting new products for the store, supporting Australian made brands and what her favourite pieces from the Little Branch collection are.

Tahnee’s talented sister, Maddison Rogers, created the beautiful illustrations featured throughout Emma Blomfield’s book, HOME and some of the Little Branch x Emma Blomfield luxury stationery collection. 

 

Where did the Teacup Designs journey begin? 

I walked past a ‘For Rent’ window & simply thought to myself  ‘I can do that’. I was working in finance at the time but dabbled in handmade jewellery on the side and wanted somewhere to showcase my designs. Teacup Designs and now as we are known ‘Gifts at Teacup’ grew from there…

What are your favourite products in store at the moment? 

Anything handmade and Australian made! We stock over 30 Australian made jewellery and stationery brands and I love supporting small business.

Where do you draw your inspiration from when selecting new products for the store?

I am a navy lover at heart and that’s generally where I draw my inspiration from.

What are your favourite pieces from the Little Branch collection?

The Little Branch x Emma Blomfield Collection – The gorgeous navy floral is my pick! (My sister painted most of the designs so I am a little bias).

If you could be pen pals with anyone in the world, who would it be? 

I’m lost for an answer! However, I certainly appreciate a hand written note.

 

Shop the Gifts At Teacup collection online or visit their store at -116 McDowall St, Roma QLD 4455

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Get The Look: Mother’s Day Wrapping Guide

With Mother’s Day next weekend, the Little Branch team got wrapping to create a selection of looks that reflect your Mum’s own unique style. Give your gift a touch of love with these three wrapping looks to choose from and what’s even better is that you can shop the looks online and have them delivered to your doorstep.

GET THE LOOK: RUSTIC VINTAGE 

What you need:

GET THE LOOK: BEACH LUXE

What you need:

GET THE LOOK: FEMININE PASTELS 

What you need:

 

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Who is Alice?

We sat down with Alice, the star donkey of the Little Branch x Emma Blomfield collection over the weekend and asked a few questions. 
 
Born: A lady never reveals her age… alright, alright… I will be celebrating my 17th birthday this year. Which means that I would be 51 years old if I were a human. 
 
Parents: I was adopted at a young age and never got to know my birth parents, however I’m very happy with my adoptive family and don’t plan to track down my birth parents anytime soon. 
 
Owner: Interior stylist and author, Emma Blomfield. 
 
Residence: I live in a beautiful country property in the Lower Hunter Valley of New South Wales. 
 
Dream Vet: Dr Chris Brown (you know the Bondi Vet). Hee Haw!! The girls (Emma & Penny) and I watch him all the time. If he ever needs a nice Ass on the show, I’m all his! 
 
Favourite Flower: Purple Amaranth
 
Ideal cheeseboard selection for a Saturday afternoon: Washed rind brie, quince paste, freeze dried raspberries and pickles washed down with a Crisp Riesling.  
 
Summer or Winter: My winter coat is much more fetching than my shorter summer coat so I’d have to go with winter. It allows me to do more with my fringe too. 
 
Favourite piece from the Little Branch x Emma Blomfield collection: Seriously?! There’s no question my fabulous ears on the gift card is the best product in the range. I heard my ears will be an art print soon too!
 
Must have item: An iPhone 7, for taking selfies with my flower crowns. Der…
 
Last purchase: The Donkey Basket from Olli Ella – to house all the fabulous flowers I pick from the garden.
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Little Branch x Emma Blomfield Collection

The new Little Branch x Emma Blomfield collection of luxury stationery is inspired by the lifestyle of Interior Stylist, Emma Blomfield and the illustrations of her first interior design book, HOME. Each design is personal to Emma, giving a glimpse into her creative soul.

The beautiful collection features a range of cards, gift tags, wrapping paper, art prints and writing paper sets. The selection of watercolour designs are now available for you to shop online. Made from sustainable paper stock, each design is handcrafted, designed and made in Australia for you to enjoy.