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#MaverickMum

Posted on 17th February 2016 by Hayley

June

Mother's Day is just around the corner! Having become a mother just 17 months ago Mother's Day has taken on a whole new meaning for me. To coincide with Notonthehighstreet's #MaverickMum campaign I wanted to share some of my experiences of motherhood, in particular combining motherhood with running a business.

Two weeks after my daughter June was born I was back in the office with her in tow. Maternity leave is tricky when you are running a small business. It wasn't just about our livelihood though, being involved and not feeling disconnected from my business was important to me. Ever since then June has been joining myself and my husband in the office. It's a fairly unusual situation, but June has truly made Alphabet Bags a family business.

In the early months June slept a lot while I worked. As she grew she spent time playing next to my desk, and sat on my knee to supervise emails. Now she's a toddler with bundles of energy we have to be more inventive with ways to keep her happy when work needs to be done. As in business, every day of motherhood is different so we're just making it up as we go. Things are going well so far, even though occasionally June screams or sets off loud musical toys when I'm on the phone to a customer, or pulls pouches out of their drawers when we're packing orders.

Motherhood has completely changed me and the way I think about things. I've learnt to not sweat the small stuff and to not get too upset when something goes wrong at work. It's really not the end of the world if new products aren't ready when we hoped or when our email goes down for a few hours. I only have to look at June's little face to know what matters most.

I'm excited for what the future brings and involving June in the business as she grows. I hope that having her with us in the office will act as a great example for her when it comes to understanding the importance of hard work and dedication.

I love what I do and I love being a mum. I am so grateful I can do both. I know some days I won't get much work done and that the office is usually a total mess and June's socks never match but so what? All I can do is my best, and that's good enough.

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Etsy Resolution

Posted on 22nd January 2016 by Hayley & Lucas

Etsy Resolution

Alphabet Bags finally has an Etsy shop. Hooray! We have been long time fans and customers of Etsy, but getting round to opening an Etsy Shop was something we had postponed again and again, always thinking we were too busy to get set up. We needn't have worried, the process was easy peasy! We're so excited to be sharing Alphabet Bags with such a huge new audience worldwide and are thrilled with the response that we have already had.

If you are a designer or maker in the UK and have been thinking about getting your Etsy Shop set up the ‪#‎EtsyResolution Challenge is for you. There are just a few days left to sign up to the free 4-week programme to help you with the tools you need to turn your passion into a business with an Etsy Shop. Check it out here, you won't regret it! >>> etsy.me/1P2wzYC

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New Summery Totes!

Posted on 16th April 2014 by Hayley & Lucas

We've just added five cheery new totes to our summer collection! 

Our big canvas bags are perfect for trips to the beach. 

We hope you like them and hope the sun is shining where you are!

xo H&L 

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Something New!

Posted on 3rd April 2014 by Hayley & Lucas

We're really excited to share the news that Lucas and I are expecting a baby, due in September! This little family business is about to get a whole lot busier!

Love, H&L xo

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New in: Handy Travel Pouches

Posted on 7th March 2014 by Hayley & Lucas

 We're excited to share a new collection with you today: Extra large travel pouches! Our canvas travel pouches are ideal for holidays, trips and adventures. Perfect for all of your important documents and travel essentials. These versatile pouches are also great for storing makeup and make a lovely everyday clutch bag too.

There are three lovely designs available, each has been hand drawn and screen printed onto lovely thick canvas. The pouches have been lovingly stitched and printed in the UK, complete with a heavy-duty gold colour zip and black suede zip pull.

We hope you like them!

xo H&L

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Alphabet Bags is an accessories brand created and run by husband & wife team Hayley & Lucas. Here you will find news of latest releases, projects, special offers and competitions. You can also read about what Hayley and Lucas have been up to lately outside Alphabet Bags hq!

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