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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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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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