Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Cushions by Stacey

Think stunning designer fabrics, totally on trend, sewn into gorgeous cushions...

 Love to introduce you to Stacey!
As you know I’m Stacey & easy to remember... I own Cushions By Stacey! When I was first trying to find a name for my wee bus, I found it really hard & although ‘Cushions By Stacey’ is just soooo original (NOT), it STICKS!  I think my wee business has done so well this far because of word of mouth & this has happened alot because of that name!

It’s a bit of a story about how I started! It happened when our son was about 1 year old & I was feeling like I needed to stretch my brain a bit more. I had come from working full time & it was quite difficult transitioning to being at home full time. Although this was something I always wanted to do & something I was going to do, so I had to make it work! With a new sewing machine from my mother in law for my birthday I tried to get creative & make some cushions for our lounge. It was a lovely lady on Trade Me that asked if I could make her some (after buying my old cushion covers!) & things just went from there... once I had to ‘come out’ about what I was doing in my spare time, (after a friend shared my felt shop), people just really supported me....& so Cushions By Stacey was developed!

I’ve always loved design & style, home decor & homewares, colour & fabric! I’ve always tried to be a little risky & brave when it comes to style & I think this came out in my cushion styles. It was a risk (in terms of matching colours!) & people seemed to like them. They seemed to like my taste!

The great part is that I love helping people create & design their own cushions! I try & keep up with what’s new & what’s trendy, & track down the most IN fabrics to cater for that. It’s a bit cool being able to say that you designed your own cushions & I love being able to give my customers the chance to do that!

And so, here I am, in Outram (a little country town out of Dunedin), with my farmer hubby & my very cute son, my sewing machine & some plans, always lots of plans, there just is never enough time to implement them all! Things are pretty perfect... & the greatest thing is I can be at home with my son & make sure lunch is on the table for my hard working husband!
Thankyou to everyone for supporting my business!

What inspired you to start Cushions by Stacey?
Cushions By Stacey started April 2012, so we’ve (I always say we’ve... like I have a team or something... I just feel like when I say ‘I” that it’s all just a little too weird for some reason! Probably still trying to convince myself that I have this wee business) been I guess out & up & running for a little over a year now!

What is your daily routine?
To be fair... I do try to have a routine, (I’m a wee bit OCD at the best of times, but this does have its advantages you know, especially in terms of making cushions... they will always be pretty near perfect!) but routines are great, although a little tricky with having a busy wee two ½ year old, my routines (as any busy Mama knows) can change quite quickly at times!
We wake up in the morning. I check my emails & messages (& reply!!). I’m normally doing this while I’m lying in bed & the wee guy is playing with lightning McQueen & Mack the truck!
We get ready & take off for our outings for the day (whether that’s playcentre, little jiggles classes or friend outings/visits.) Two days a week Riki takes off to Montessori for a few hours in the morning & this is when I get amongst it & sew up a storm!
IN the afternoons hubby normally manages to take our wee guy out on the tractor for an hour & at this time I normally dash out for a run – this is VERY important to me! Healthy body, healthy mind & all that : )
I check my messages again... & if I’m lucky I might have some time to splash some paint on some cool piece of furniture I’ve bought, & maybe get the hammer & stapler out to do some reupholstering!
Before I know it its tea time & bath time & bed time. & I’m sewing or replying to customers, creating/designing customer orders!
That’s a typical day!

What do you love about owning your own business?
Like I said before... it’s weird having my own business! For some reason, I still feel like it’s a hobby, yet it’s certainly busy enough to be a business & YES its mine & I created it! It’s exciting. I feel proud & I love that I can work this business around me & my family. I can still do what I want to do & that means that our wee guy can come first! It’s great : )

What is your favourite cushion?
I don’t think people will be surprised when I say... CHEVRON! It has to be Chevron! It is sooo super cool at the moment & sooo IN. It sells like hot cakes & EVERYONE seems to like it. It works for lounges, it works for girl’s bedrooms, boy’s bedrooms, it’s a safe present, it comes in heaps of different colours, & it’s just plain cool!!!

How do you stay motivated?

I just love playing with fabrics! I love seeing an idea of something & then seeing the finished product. The finished product & the combos customers get me to create are exciting! I keep sewing because I can’t wait to see them finished & see what the lucky customer thinks!

Do you have any advice for others thinking of starting a business?
Funnily enough... I get quite a few messages from people asking for tips & so on. My advice is always the same... have a vision & just get researching. It’s not easy, & it does take time, but If you know what you want to do then just get to it, but most of all, be honest about it & remember... the customer is ALWAYS right!.  The key to live by when starting your own business...& especially in handmade IS... ’AN ESSENTIAL ASPECT OF CREATIVITY IS NOT BEING AFRAID TO FAIL’

How do you relax?

I’m currently training for a half marathon... & believe it or not, this is relaxing (well the first 10km is anyways!!).
If I’m not doing that, I’m watching good ole Shortas & Home & Away! My two ‘my sky programmes’ that I watch everynight when I get a chance to sit down : )

Where to from here for Cushions by Stacey?

I’ve got plans!! Watch this space as CURRENTLY Cushions by Stacey has some exciting things going on. I haven’t launched my new plan as some things are still coming together but it's exciting & I think it will go really well... x

How can we stay in touch?
My biggest selling place at the moment is Cushions by Stacey on Facebook!

I also sell in a few shops throughout NZ & I have a Felt store

The best place to contact me is

Or you can check out Cushions by Stacey on Pinterest too

 Thanks so much Stacey, I LOVE your cushions. The most fantastic part is the range of styles, something to suit every taste! Stacey has so kindly given me one of her cushions to giveaway to a lucky winner! Please enter via the giveaway tab on Liked. by Becky's facebook page

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