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Happy Birthday Aquarius!

Posted on 23rd January 2017 by Hayley & Lucas

Happy Birthday to all the awesome Aquarius' out there! 

If you need a birthday treat for an ace Aquarius in your life or want to treat yourself check out our embroidered Aquarius pouch! Each beautiful zodiac constellation has been embroidered in white cotton on a heavy black canvas pouch, complete with a black metal zip and canvas zip pull. The pretty starry background continues around the edge of the pouch and onto the reverse, where the name of the zodiac sign has also been embroidered. 

Aquarius pouch

These little pouches are terribly handy, perfect for storing all sorts of bits and bobs, from make up to money and all other handbag essentials. They also make a rather lovely pencil case! Check out the Aquarius pouch by clicking here

Wishing every lovely Aquarius a very Happy Birthday and wonderful fun-filled 2017! 

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Etsy Resolution 2017!

Posted on 18th January 2017 by Hayley

New Year, new adventure!

If you have been thinking about turning a hobby or passion into a business, now is most definitely the time! Etsy UK have an awesome course starting at the end of the month. Etsy Resolution guides you through the process of opening your own Etsy shop. There will be tons of advice from top Etsy sellers and it's free! We only joined Etsy a year ago but we're so glad we did. We wish we had signed up a long time ago and that Etsy Resolution was around when we did! 

Click here for more information and make this the year that you make it happen! There's not long left to sign up so hurry hurry! 

Etsy resolution

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Exciting News!

Posted on 13th January 2017 by Hayley & Lucas

It's been a stupidly long time since we last blogged but one of our resolutions for 2017 is to start our blog up again and actually post stuff! So what better way to start than with some news.. 

Alphabet Bags is growing! We've got a very exciting new addition in the works.... 

Baby number 2!

We (Lucas & Hayley) are expecting baby number 2, launching July 2017. As you can see our daughter June is REALLY excited about it!

Not gonna lie, it's been a difficult few months with morning (all day!) sickness, an energetic toddler in the office and the chaos of the busy Christmas period. But it's a new year, things are a tiny bit less crazy and we're really looking forward to the summer and becoming a family of four! 

baby number 2!

We're planning not to find out the sex again, although June has requested a baby brother! Either way we're in real need of some good name suggestions please! And also any tips on how to cope when doubling the amount of children you have....

July seems quite far away but we're sure the months will fly by. In the meantime we've got a busy few months ahead working on lots of new products, from a brand new collection of pin badges, to lovely new wash bags and new additions to our wedding collection.

Here's to a fun-filled 2017! 

Hayley & Lucas


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Last Christmas posting dates 2016

Posted on 18th November 2016 by Lucas & Hayley

Thanks so much for your support in 2016! If you are thinking of shopping for gifts at Alphabet Bags for the holidays, here are our last recommended order dates for customers receiving deliveries in time for Christmas.

Africa and Middle East: 

Order by 12pm GMT, 2nd of December

Asia, Cyprus, Far East (including Japan) and Eastern Europe (excluding Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia): 

Order by 12pm GMT, 7th of December

Caribbean, Central and South America:

Order by 12PM GMT, 8th of December

Australia, Greece and New Zealand:

Order by 12PM GMT, 9th of December

Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland, Canada, Finland, Sweden and USA:

Order by 12PM GMT, 14th of December

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, Ireland,  Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland:

Order by 12PM GMT, 16th of December

United Kingdom First Class Delivery:

Order by 3PM GMT, 21st of December

United Kingdom Next Working Day Special Delivery:

Order by 3PM GMT, 22nd of December

United Kingdom Saturday Guaranteed Special Delivery:

Order by 3PM GMT, 23rd of December

With the exception of Special Delivery services these are Royal Mail’s recommendation only and are not guaranteed by Royal Mail.

The above international dates apply to Royal Mail Airmail delivery. Courier services are available for expedited delivery, please contact us for more information about courier delivery.

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Posted on 17th February 2016 by Hayley


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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