Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Raff's Closet

Beautiful handmade baby & children's items. This week I am chatting with Kerryn from Raff's Closet!

I’m a wife to Derrick and a stay at home Mum to Jonathan. I love reading, I have the worst sweet tooth ever! and love nothing more than snuggling on the couch watching a good movie.
Lazing in bed on weekend mornings with a good book is my idea of heaven, a rare treat with a 3yr old who loves being up before the birds!

Baby Bibs

Starting Raff's Closet...
I have always been creative and am driven to create things. I’ve been sewing as long as I can remember, first with my own Mum at home and then formal lessons at school. I used to make my own clothes and for many years Christmas gifts have been handmade too.

Once I left home sewing took a back seat for many years. I mucked around with sewing again once I’d met my hubby but it wasn’t until I became a Mum to Jonathan in 2011 the drive to create once again took over. Raff’s Closet was ‘born’ in 2012, driven by the other parents I’d met who loved what I kept coming out with for Jonathan and wanting the same for their own children.

Rainbow Ruffle Dress

Handmade goodness...
Yes, every item you see on my page is handmade by me. They are road-tested by my ruffian tester as much as possible before release too, so you know you are getting a quality product. If I don’t like the way it holds up, I won’t be making it for sale.


The name ‘Raff’s Closet’ was spurred by our love for Giraffes! Jonathan currently has 4 or 5 toy giraffes and at the time it was his favourite bedtime toy. It just kind of stuck!

'Colour Me Happy' Shorts

Owning a business...
I love the flexibility! To be able to work when I want to, but also being available to be Mum when I need to as well. I love talking to people, creating fun and fantastic items and the fabric! Oh the fabric…!

Baby Beanie

Staying motivated...
Lists! Lots and lots of lists. I use lists to help keep me focused and on track; I love the satisfaction of crossing items off when they are completed and being able to look back at the end of the day and feel a sense of achievement, no matter how small.

Baby Boots and Hairties

Advice for others...
I’m still learning myself! I have found a business mentor has been extremely helpful and is something I’d recommend to others. The biggest piece of advice? We all make mistakes - it’s the times we learn from them and move on that’s key. Don’t take everything to heart and trust and believe in yourself!

Mr Wolf

From here...
I’m already starting to plan my products for Summer 2014/15 and working at getting more of my items stocked in stores. If you’re in New Plymouth you can head on into Babylove and see my Bibs and Baby Boots on the shelves!

I’m also currently putting together an auction-based fundraiser for Sands.
Sands do amazing work in our communities with families who have suffered the loss of a child, be it via miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. My aim in running the fundraiser is to not only raise awareness of baby loss but to also raise finances to help Sands continue their extremely important work. Keep an eye out in early August for ‘Superheros for Sands’ hitting facebook!

Baby Bibs

Connecting and buying...
I would love you to visit Raff's Closet on Facebook to view more gorgeous products. You can order items by messaging Kerryn on her page or by emailing her at raffscloset@gmail.com.

I have a gorgeous set of Ninja Boots to giveaway! Please head to my Liked. by Becky Facebook page to find out how to enter. Thank you Kerryn x

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