Sunday, August 30, 2009

The August tally

Ever wanted an insight into the WAHM nappy business? In August, Fluffy Bubs produced...

30 Embroidered Minky Days nappies
10 Embroidered t-shirts/singlets
40 Dreams nappies
70 Minky Days nappies

That's 155 nappies in 1 month.

I do have some help with parts of the snapping, cutting and sewing, and I'm constantly looking for more people to help out so more nappies and be made and my workload can be reduced. On average, I work approxmiately 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, on top of being a Mum and wife. Each nappy takes about 1.5 hours to complete from start until finish (cutting, snapping, sewing, overlocking, photographing, uploading, posting). Sometimes I have to say no to extra customs, because another nappy is another 1.5 hours I'm not playing with my boys. If only there were more hours in the day....

Still, having said ALL of that, September is going to be huge. Hopefully there will be plenty of nappies to go around. Thanks for everyone for your continued support. Hopefully I'll find some time to get my new website off the ground.

The update on the embroidered Dreams nappy

So it did wick but I do have a back up plan. I'll be trialing this tonight and will hopefully know whether I can add embroidery to the customs for tomorrow.

Everything is ready for the customs stocking for tomorrow night. Quantities and stock level have been adjusted, newsletter with specials have been sent out, and photos updated. I do still have to update gorgeous bubs in Fluffy Bubs for the gallery though. Must get to that soon.

Things are stupid crazy straight after a customs stocking so I may not get in here for a week or so.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

And the verdict is.... seems I don't have one! Despite increasing his water intake by a full bottle of water before bed, plus leaving the nappy on this morning by an additional 1.5 hours after he woke up (so 13 hours in total), I could get him to soak through the layers. He barely wet through to the pocket insert so there wasn't any wet bamboo fleece against the embroidery. I'm not sure whether to be disappointed or happy LOL.

It's in the wash now so I'll be reducing the amount of boosting in it and using it with Ryan tonight.

Will it or won't it wick????

There's been a request for embroidered night nappies. Seeing as the Dreams nappies are made of Windpro fleece with no additional waterproofing layer, it make embroidery a tad nmore tricky.

I finally got around to making Luke an embroidered Dreams nappy. I had him drink a bottle of water before going to sleep, so we shall see what happens in the morning. He is a tummy sleep though, so Ryan (who's 3.5 years old) will have to give it a test too as he's a more conventional sleeper!

Watch this space if you're one who wants an embroidered Dreams nappy. I do however have a back up plan if this does wick, but it would cost more so it would be good if I didn't have to use it.

The nappy hunt is on in September but...

I missed the boat on this one...oops. Still, that doesn't mean we can't have some fun too.

The customs stocking will have a large number of Minky Days available for order. Huge! You can't possibly miss out if you want one. There will be a special associated with this stocking but I won't tell just yet. Because I am planning on a huge month of nappies, I won't be taking on any further custom orders other than what is listed for sale on Tuesday, 1st.

I also plan on listing nappies between my normal stockings this time. They'll only been Minky Days rather than Dreams nappies, but hopefully there will be a reasonable amount to choose from.

The regular stocking for next month will be on the 22nd of September at 8pm AEST. I'm not sure if I will have Minky combo's this month. I'll have a better idea after the Custom's stocking closes as to whether I will make any.

Make sure you are signed up for the newsletter to find out what the specials will be.

As for future stockings....

I can't believe its nearing Christmas already! From October 1st, I'll be listing Christmas embroideries for you to choose from. I plan on having the regular customs stocking on the 1st of each month until the end of the year, and in stock nappies listed for sale during the 3rd week of October. I may have in stock nappies for November, but I won't know until later on as we were planning on a holiday during that month.

I'll most likely take a well earned break over the Christmas period once the December customs have gone out. I'm thinking of until the end of January to give myself a decent amount of time off before hitting the ground running again in February.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


These were the words from my almost 2 year old son Luke today. It was a gorgeous day in Sydney, so we had Luke running around the backyard without a nappy on this morning. We had a potty/mini toilet outside so Luke could use it if he wanted to. Half an hour later, Luke wandered up to the toilet, sat down and did his business. "Wee...toilet" he says with a huge grin.

I've never really encouraged toilet training as I have the philosophy that they will do it when they are ready. With Ryan, it was at 2 and 7 months - trained in 3 days. It seems Luke is ready to give up nappies sooner. I'm proud of my little man, but what will become of my fluff LOL?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

More customs...

These customs all left my house today :). One of my favourite things is sending fluffy mail. I spent most of the day doing the final pocket and wing snapping for these customs, plus the packaging. It's surprising how long that takes, but I do like it :).

Here are the pics of the gorgeous customs on their way to new homes.

I am so sorry if you don't see your's here. If you receive an email from me tonight (although it might be quite late), then your fluffy mail is on its way, even if you don't see the pic here. I still have about 4 or 5 orders to send out tomorrow, plus the 'tester nappies' as well.

Off to type up some invoices and fluffy mail notifications. Until tomorrow...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Customs...out they go!

The best thing about doing customs is seeing what people want :). I love to find out what embroideries and minky colours you like, and some of the Dreams combo's I would never have even thought of.

The most popular embroidery in August has been the 'Under the Sea Turtle'. Also a huge hit was the Chocolate Marble gelato.

Sarah's Custom

This left yesterday :). From left to right, top to bottom - Royal/blue/latte/off white Retro Dots, Azure with Noah's Ark 'Elephants', Lagoon with Noah's Ark 'Ark', Lagoon with 'Pirates Life 'Pirate' and a Large Mermaid Dreams with Noah's Ark inner. The top row of nappies are configured in the different rise settings of small, medium and large.

Friday, August 14, 2009

*Sigh*...postage woes

In the never ending quest to get a postage system that works with CongoCart, I'm going to change the way postage is added to orders...again. Over and over again, postage is either undercharged or overcharged - and I have flat rate postage! Along with PayPal fee's and wearing some of the postage costs, I've had to look at the whole postage thing again so I'm not losing too much money. I'm now moving towards Registered Post and two postage rates based on the order weight. Postage will still be cheaper than Aust Post Registered rates. Postage will also be a separate item that gets 'added to your cart'. I'm hoping this will help with those who combine orders and get charged more postage. Bear with me through this on-going quest. Express Post will still be an option at the cheaper rate of $7, but once my current stash of satchels have been used up, I'll be moving to Registered Post only.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Welcome to the first Fluffy Bubs blog

I've never really blogged before, so it may take me a while to get the hang of things. I figured blogging would be a good way to keep everyone up to date with what's going on, without spamming in-boxes and cluttering the front page of the website.

At the moment I'm still working on customs and nappies for the stocking. I'm guessing that the majority of customs will leave my home mid-next week. There were an incredible amount of embroidering from the customs stocking this month. I think I had about 30 nappies not including singlets/t-shirts so at about 1 hour each, that's a lot of embroidering!