Our Tsunami Scare Today...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Well although it amounted to nothing on our shores the heart did race a little. Its a strange feeling to be warned of impending disaster..and to get almost an exact time to which to expect this...which in our case in Napier was to be 10.40.
We live right by the sea so when we heard about the awful quake in Samoa, the kids were on their way to daycare so of course that was put off. My eldest was sleeping so I left him until about 9.30 (yes he is nearly a teenager) then went to wake him. The horror when I told him to get dressed as there had been a Tsunami warning and we had to get to higher ground was almost funny. He loves drama so was immediately on the pulse ..the news was on, his bag was packed, he was worrying about everything, on the phone to his mates who were begging us to go up there (they live on Napier hill), a million questions thrown in my direction, and the excitement only a 12 yr old boy can have..as we know they love destruction in every way, shape and form!! So you can imagine his almost disappointment when after realising we didn't have to go anywhere and to top it off when we made our way upstairs to watch the sea from our small view, there was nothing to see..except the road barriers that had gone up and the crazy fools that were walking down to the beach to get a closer view..yes really, one was my neigbour!!
Daycare re-opened off the kids went, we got on with our work and the day went on pretty much as normal..but it was a good little test to see how you would react and what you would take..my first thought was the kids, dog, computer (isn't that sad??!!), camera, photos..one of my biggest worries was about our stickytiki machinery..really expensive and really heavy, it would have to stay!!
On a different note, dont forget our comp below..ends Friday.

Update on our comp

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hi all, thank you everyone for entering our competition below to name our latest design. We have had some awesome names and honestly I could have almost all of them. To be fair we will narrow them down then put it to public vote somehow?? (any advice on that would be great). Because I am impatient and want to get them listed I have decided to end the comp on Fri the 2nd instead of the 8th, this will just allow the extra time to narrow down our fav's. We really appreciate the time you have all taken to give this some thought..but remember if you have anymore bright ideas you have until Friday!!

Win our newest wall mural. We need your help!!!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Please please help us name this newest hand painted Stickytiki wall mural!! These divine (if I must say so myself:) wall stickers are hot off the press, and Si and I couldn't agree on a name. He wants the name to be short and sweet..as in not too long. I want magical whimsical..wonderland kind of thing, so after some strong disagreement I decided to hold a competition, and surprisingly Si agreed and Mr 12 thinks it is a brilliant idea. And here we are. 1.The deal is..follow our blog if you like, we of course would love you to..then you get to hear about these great giveaways! 2.Leave a comment with your name choice for our mural. 3.Leave your contact email or make sure you keep checking back to see who the winner is. With your email address (make sure the @ and . are written as (at) (dot) so as those horrid spammy folk don't get you. 3. Tell all your friends to enter..that way they might decide to give it to you as a gift! ;) 4. We will close the comp on the 2nd Oct. If there are lots of names we like we will have a public vote to via some of our favourite forums. 5. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!

A testing two days

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Ok I am down from my high of the last week! Yes we did have a good week..but like any other small business in these times we have our struggles..I am just glad that NZ is supposedly out of the recession..the only problem here is our $ has risen and as we sell mostly offshore so this adds new challenges. When I talk on this blog about features,and good stuff..it is me wanting to show only the positive..My partner has suggested this may seem like showing off:( I really hope it doesn't seem that way. We are a business that started at the beginning of a worldwide recession and are still surviving. Sometimes I feel like I need a pat on the back..lol even if it is me doing it:)
So please dont think all is just sun and, roses believe me we have had trying times and that is normally when I dont write anything.
To put everything into perspective I have just heard of a dear little girl Shanade who is dying of an inoperable tumor, and her dream is to go on a trip to Auckland and see all the attractions..bless her.
You can read more about her and the charity auctions being held to raise money to help her get her dream. Stickytiki is humbled to help her in our small way.
Shanade's dream

fantastic week

Monday, September 21, 2009

New 'Space Odyssey 1968' photo with my main big boy.

Stickytiki has had an awesome week..our best yet!! Only one small glitch which just set us back a day..means we will be working our little behinds off tomorrow :)
We are coming up a year in Oct/Nov (not sure exactly)..but anyway very soon, so we are going to do some awesome giveaways..so keep watching..will finalise it soon.
Thanks so much for hanging out with us we really appreciate the support, and are so happy to have you here and part of the adventures at Stickytiki.
Good girls go to heaven.
Bad girls go everywhere.

Mae West

stickytiki travels

Friday, September 18, 2009

Well we personally aren't currently traveling..unfortunately but our creations are...all over the place. This week we have sent off to some wonderful places exciting places that I wish I was going to..but hey a little part of me is!

Dear deer goes to South Korea, Australia,& Berrin Springs USA
Elephants go to Hong Kong & Japan
The Lovely Rose' goes to Brooklyn NY and to NSW Australia
Hundreds and Thousands go to Silver Spring & Waukesha USA
Babushka to London, Aussie and the USA
Old skool blues to Rockledge USA
And of course there has been the local travel for our kiwi favorites Nikau, Pohutukawa, Tui and Beach baby.
Oh how I love the internet!!
We have a busy weekend getting a big order ready for a lovely new stockist in Australia, but still intend to spend plenty of time with my favourite munchkins
Have a great weekend.

My little man ready for his first school visit

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mr Ja Ja has a certain style all of his own..he already has a cult like following of a small girls at daycare, whose parents fret because their daughters are even dreaming about him and want their brothers to grow their hair like Jasper's!!
So for his first school visit and bad mummy hadn't given him a haircut he said 'that is ok mum I will wear my headband'...bless!!! So off he went looking Rambo-ish with bits of red paint in his hair. Within 5 mins of being there meeting the teacher and finding a group of mates he knew from daycare..he told me to go :( So I skulked away and held back the tears while other parents were being clung onto with vice like grips.
No seriously I am very happy my little man has this kind of confidence..and he often does still need his mum!

Etsy is going off!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

We decided for the first time to do a weekend free postage on etsy and the Dear deer got picked first up for the storque..which has driven huge amounts of traffic to our shop..woohoo. I have had inquires from all over the world about stocking stickytiki, so now just have to answer everyone. I couldn't sleep last night as I had two little snoring bodies tucked in next to me, so I have been up since 4.30am, when I checked etsy I couldn't believe how many people had been there. So again etsy..thanks heaps for picking us and making all these awesome people all over the world aware that we exist!! x

New bunting in my garden from Festoon

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Look at what just arrived in the post!! I got this gorgeous bunting from my friend Jenny at Festoon, she makes the most beautiful array of bunting for inside and out. This one is Pink hibiscus in Mexican oil cloth..which means lazy folk like me can just leave it outside and it will be just fine!! LOVE IT..can't wait for the kids to see it. Go and check out her site..these make awesome Christmas pressys for those hard to buy for...I got some Shabby Chic for my Mum (hope she doesn't read this:)

Heart-warming feedback....

Monday, September 7, 2009

We just received this gorgeous card in the mail from Newstead Country preschool in Hamilton. We donated them some Pukekos for their Pukeko room and a fantail for their Piwakawaka (fantail)room. This is just soooo lovely and will take pride of place at Stickytiki HQ. THANK YOU kids we LOVE it!!

Also just got an email from Sherrie in America she found us while surfing 'unique wall decals'....

Hi Kim! I just wanted to let you know how much we love the Dear deer tree! It's perfect...exactly what we wanted. I can't believe how easy it was to put up, and how beautiful and unique the pieces are...really lovely stuff. I will be sure to let people know where I got it!


..and the Dotty elephant winner IS.................

Saturday, September 5, 2009

...head over to our facebook page to see the winning draw. Sorry had trouble trying to upload the video here...aargghh, I will get it right sometime :) Anyway a HUGE congrats to our winner, and to you other lovely people don't despair we will have another draw very very soon and it will be BIGGER and BETTERAH!! So stay in touch we love having you here.

I am a very proud Mum...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Tonight I had my parent teacher interview for my big boy Zav. He had to give a presentation to me and his teacher about what he has achieved and where he could do better. I am so proud he spoke really really well...was confident and clear without any hesitation about where he thinks he is at. Zav had been in Australia at his Dads house last interview time, so I was a little nervous...not because I don't think he is doing ok, just because he is a very very social boy and I was a little worried that this could take priority in his life. He is 12 so this would be fully understandable:) Anyway his teacher only had positive things to say about his attitude and his learning, she is also such a cool lady who I am sure the kids love and has a lot to do with why they are doing so well. I am so wrapped with him and so PROUD!!!!!

Zav on the left with his cousin Kalani who has just gone back to the States.

Also today while I had a spare 5 mins (lol)..I googled us, as you do..come on I know we all do it!! And I found a cool little write up about Stickytiki in The daily green. Go and have a look, they even call Si a computer geek..hehehehe.

Stickytiki features in Handmade news....

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Hand Made News

Which touts itself as the 'Largest Handmade craft blog on earth for artisans by artisans' Sounds pretty cool to me :) Anyway they have written a very cool article about us to which we are really grateful!! So thanks Robyn (for writing it), Lori (for discovering us) and Handmade news for finding us news worthy..we really appreciate it!!
So go over and check it out and give us the thumbs up..cheers you are wonderful!

PS: Don't forget our Dotty giveaway below..enter..go on you could win!!
by mlekoshi