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Baby Boys Clothes are So Cute

I love seeing some of the baby boys clothes that come through the shop. Some of these little things are just so munchy scrunchy.

Like this jacket

Super Dog coat from Next age 3-6 Months

Super Dog coat from Next age 3-6 Months

With an amazing fun cape on the back

With an amazing fun cape on the back

Of course this is available at the moment (12/11/15) in the shop, but like most things, there is only one of each item.

So Once it is gone…. ITS GONE 

So how about this little cutie too

Baby boys outfit for 0-3 months

Baby boys outfit for 0-3 months

Keep an eye on offers. You will be able to buy multiple items and earn discounts.

FREE Postage on most items, and no quibble returns for all items if its not suitable for your needs.

A Little Thanks to ALL my Clients

Thank you to you all.

Your patience and understanding over the last 12 months has been amazing. When I first started RillyRoos, it was my intention to just buy stock and sell for myself. As most of you know, I have been running the business myself whilst we waited for all the mini Rillys to be in full time school, and now Mr Rilly has been able to join me. I do appreciate that you have been patient with me, I havent been able to get things listed as quick as I would have liked but, hopefully now with 2 and a half of us listing (the half being a part time, dragged into help for free teenage son) we should be able to work a little quicker and hopefully make you (and us) a little more pennies.

Thank you to each of you for taking the gamble and having a go. Without you we would be an empty warehouse, with nothing to do

Thank you to those of you that have recommended us to friends and family. It is appreciated so much. Some of you should be claiming commission for how many people you have recommended LOL

Thank you to you all for your continued support. I hope we have many many many years together, forever topping up your eBay piles.

Love

RillyRoo xxx

How Do You Find The Time??

Is a question I get asked a million times? 

The plain and simple of it, I don’t !! But I wouldn’t have it any other way. After having been out of work for some time, I soon realised I don’t like to sit around doing nothing. I have to be doing something. So when I was unable to work, due to PTSD, which is a whole different blog post, I started to eBay. It started off by just selling bits and bobs around the house, just like everyone else. I soon realised that I was finding it quite therapeutic too. I was interacting with people even if it was just on a virtual level, I liked that. I liked that I was good at it too. An opportunity came along where I was able to use some of the money I had made to buy more items to sell. From there RillyRoos started to grow. When it was getting too big for my bedroom, I knew I had to do something. 

We went off to get a storage locker, which then became two, then three, and an office. Before long, it was time to move into bigger pastures. We are now proud occupiers of a warehouse. 

But, this doesn’t answer the 1st question of ‘How do you find the time?’ 

As I have already said…. I don’t! 

I am up any time from 5.30 in the morning, some days I have a crafty snooze on the settee, and some days I just straight onto the PC to check the previous nights sales and answer any queries. Check emails and messages for potential clients etc, and then its time to get 4 out of the 6 fed & dressed ready for the day ahead and I often fall into bed at Midnight after finishing off bits & bobs from the day before. 

I have to say, if it wasn’t for Mr Rilly, I don’t think we would be as successful as we are now. He has given up his time and his career to be a stay at home dad, (Don’t tell him I said so, but he is pretty damn good at it) 

So there I am at the warehouse, 5 days a week, 8-9 hours a day, and I come home and often finish off little bits, or communicate with buyers and clients. And then BOOOOOM a new thing starts!! School event photography & Friends getting married and they know I have a love of photography, and its something I have wanted to try, so as a gift to them I have done their wedding photos, and I have to admit, I am pretty OK at it. Very proud of the shots (and thankfully so are the Brides & Grooms). Not only now do we have one business with 49 clients to sell for, in my spare time I do photography. 

I am not a wonder-woman, a supermom, or a career driven maniac, I am just a woman who likes to keep busy. 

Back to the question again…. How do I find the time?? I don’t, I MAKE the time. I enjoy what I do, I like being busy, I have a family that is supportive of the businesses, so its worth making that time for. 

And that’s the key, If you enjoy something, don’t just sit their moaning about not having the time to do it… MAKE the time to do it, what ever it may be. 

Signed Stoke City Shirt

Day 5 is something about work.

I think the best thing I can talk about tonight is a recent item I have listed, which is a signed Stoke City Shirt.

 

 

Giff, I love you Man, P Hoekstra

Giff, I love you Man, P Hoekstra

Click here to see the item on eBay 

There is loads of signed memorabilia out there, but sometimes one crosses your path that has a little story behind it.

This Stoke City Shirt is signed by the retired Dutch footballer, Peter Hoekstra
He played for Stoke City around 2001-2004
He was voted as one of the best Stoke players to have played at the Britannia Stadium. (Back in 2008 anyway)

While Hoekstra was at Stoke City, ‘Giff the kitman’ was there too
This is who the shirt was originally signed for

It simply reads

“Giff, I love you Man

P. Hoekstra”

The shirt is now being sold to raise funds for a small pre-school to help kit out their new classroom. Smylers Preschool. Its the same pre-school that all my children have been to.

Its Only a Simple Courtesy…

Dear eBay Buyer,

I understand that you fall quickly in love with us and our things, and I understand that you want to get it before someone else gets it. But I would really like it if you changed your mind and didn’t want us or our things anymore that you would just say something. I dont mind, I love you eBay Buyer. You make my world go round, and I would be so happy to help you as much as I can, but I don’t understand why you would just leave me hanging, or ignore my pleas for you to just talk to me.

Remember when you bought something before and then your dog got ran over? so you contacted me to say you can’t pay as you were too devastated? I was sympathetic and cancelled the sale with some sweet words of condolences too, or there was the time when you simply didn’t read the description right and you changed your mind? Again I said OK, and cancelled the sale. I don’t mind what excuse you use, I will always forgive you and I will always be kind and whisper sweet nothings in your ear. After all I do love you, and you fill my paypal with your love.

I love it when you are happy, it fills my heart when I see your lovely messages on my feedback. When you say how lovely the item is, or how fast it arrived. But then it breaks my heart when out of the blue you slag me off to all of our friends and say mean things without saying anything to me first. I know I cant always make you happy, and sometimes what you are expecting doesnt always measure up to what comes into your life, but say something to me, dont bottle it up inside and assume I am out to ruin your life, there is no need to be angry and mouth off on our feedback. Talk to me first. I am nice, I can sometimes help too. Nothing makes me feel better about what I do for you, than making you smile at the end of the day. Thats what makes you come back to me again and again.

So please my Darling eBay Buyer, I love you and I just want you to love me too. I want you to tell me what hurts so I can make it better, I want you to tell me you no longer what to go through with it and you have changed your mind. I am patient, I can wait for you, I can wait for when the time is right for you. All I ask is that same courtesy too.

I hope you love me as much as I love you, and I hope that we can build our relationship with better communications from us both.

Take care my sweet darling eBay Buyer

All my Love

RillyRoos

*This is based on a common problem for sellers. Non paid items (I have had 30!! yes 30 this week, and when buyers jump straight to leaving bad feedback, rather than communication their issues first. Buyers and Sellers need to have an understanding relationship in order to make things work for us all.*

Photo Scrabble

One of my little photo faves at the moment is playing with Scrabble tiles.

They are so versatile (no pun intended)

Here are some examples of my Photo Scrabbles

Inspire

Inspire

Families Love

Families Love

 

And my personal favourite ….

 

RillyRoos eBay ;)

RillyRoos eBay 😉

 

 

 

Left Over Fruit Cake – Budget Recipes

Left Over Fruit Cake

Left Over Fruit Cake

 

A nice simple cake using left over fruits. Slightly over ripe fruits are perfect for this. Saves throwing away and wasting it anyway.

Recipe
10oz Self Raising Flour
a pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
4oz Butter
4oz Soft Brown Sugar
2-3 Pieces of fruit
2 Eggs
Splash of Milk
and a sprinkle of Caster sugar

Method

1. Grease your tin and pre heat over to 375 or gas mark 4

2. Sift flour, salt & cinnamon together in a large bowl. Rub in the butter and add the brown sugar

3. Peel and core the fruit, slice/dice into small pieces, and add to the mixture

4. Beat the eggs and add the splash of milk (you can add an extra little splash if the mixture doesnt stick together right) The mixture should look like a big sticky ball.

5. Add to the greases tin and bake for about an hour 25, or until firm, or when skewered the skewer comes up clean

6. Turn onto a cooling rack and sprinkle with a little caster sugar.

7. when cool, make a nice cuppa, slice cake, and spread on a little butter.

8. Put up feet and enjoy

 

I hate waste

When I am listing, I am always happy to list things with an odd mark or with an odd repairable fault, some people are on the lookout for playwear for kids or are able to fix things themselves, so can pick up awesome bargain.
So what to do with the scraps of fabric I have thave lying around in various piles?
I tried to sell them on ebay to crafters, but with no luck. I have googled I  pinterested loads of craft ideas for myself to try, but I dont ever have the time. Its a shame to let it go to waste.

I love wasting what little time I have though by looking through pinterest, there are some amazing craft ideas there. Sadly I know my attempts would end up on ‘NAILED IT’ or on pinterest fails. Maybe I should give myself some time to actually try 😉

If you would like a free for postage bag (approx 1kg maxiumum postage cost of £2.40 uk only) of old clothing items to chop up and create with, drop me a line at sales@rillyroos.co.uk I will add you to a mailing list and get some bits sent out to you. Or if you are after a particular clothing item to upcycle, message me too and I will see what I have.

Happy crafting.
Lorra love
RillyRoos at http://www.rillyroos.co.uk

Self Employed Mums – Hop Stitch Jump – With Catherine Knowles.

This is a fantastic and very unique product from Catherine, I am sure you will enjoy getting to know about her business and what it is all about

Who are you? 

I’m Catherine, although like most of us, I answer just as readily to ‘Mummy’! I’m 35 and have a real love of stripes and rainbows, and a penchant for wearing a false moustache! I’m mummy to Beatrix, Jasper and Abel, and wife to Paul.

Gorgeous Creation from Hop Stitch Jump

Gorgeous Creation from Hop Stitch Jump

What do you do?

I make pretty things! More specifically, I make fabric keepsakes and gifts. My business is called Hop Stitch Jump and my signature work is Doodlebroidery, which involves transforming children’s drawings into wall art using freemotion embroidery.  There are no fancy computer programs involved; I use a regular domestic sewing machine and have a very keen eye!

Why did you start?

Before parenthood, I was pretty much defined by my career as a teacher. Like all teachers, I worked really hard, long days and committed myself to the job and my students. I went back to work full time after my daughter was born, but returning to the classroom was far more difficult than I expected and I felt as though I wasn’t being the best mother, wife or teacher I could be. At the same time, the school I worked in underwent radical changes in management structure and it was clear that its ethos was becoming increasingly removed from my own picture of the ideal, and so it became a little easier to plan to take some time out of teaching and concentrate on my family. After I had my second child, the rainy day fund was hit by a downpour and I started looking at new ways to save money. Hop Stitch Jump began with me making presents for friends’ children as a way to cut back on spending and quite literally snowballed from there.

How fabulous is this??

How fabulous is this??

Do you enjoy what you do?

I *love* working with the amazing masterpieces that little artists create, and I feel very privileged to be able to share an insight into their beautifully creative minds! I try really hard to stay as true to the original drawing as possible. If I’m honest, I’m more concerned that the children are happy with my finished work than the parents who pay me for the commission!

Have you always wanted to be self employed or is it something you have just worked your way into? How do you work it around children and family life?

My dad has always been self employed and I spent my late teens in our busy family newsagent’s shop and family pub, so I was well aware of the hard work involved in working for yourself! From first qualifying as a teacher, I never considered that I would do anything different, so I suppose I expected that I would always be an employee. I do think that being around so many people who ran their own businesses gave me the confidence to give it a whirl when the time came, though!

My children are six, four and almost two, so my days are filled with three school runs, playgroups, clubs and classes and all the usual housey chores and distractions. I work in the evenings and at weekends, which is great for the most part as it means I am always around for the children, although at my busiest times I find it hard having to miss out on weekend fun with the family and often go for weeks without sitting on my sofa!

Awww so cute, How special!!

Awww so cute, How special!!

Is your partner supportive?

My husband has been wonderful and has spent more than his fair share of evenings covered in stuffing and cutting out pattern pieces! There have been times when I’ve expected him to say it’s time for me to return to the classroom and start earning some ‘proper’ money again, but he has been brilliant!

WOW, What little girl wouldnt love this?

WOW, What little girl wouldnt love this?

Where can people find you?

I’m most active on Facebook at Hop Stitch Jump Facebook Page but people can also drop me a line at catherine@hopstitchjump.co.uk or contact me through the fabulous Created In Yorkshire shop in The Ridings, Wakefield.

Self Employed Mums – Queen Keen – With Claire Keen.

Another wonderful installment into my ‘Self Employed Mums’ Blogaviews. These are proving to be quite popular, and so they should! These fabulous ladies are showing us all that we can do anything we want to and we should have a go even if it doesnt work out. Its always worth a try

Here is what Claire has to say,

Who are you? 

My name is Claire and I live in Cambridgeshire. Im 33 (nearly 34 eek!) and I have been married for 10 years. We have 3 boys who are 10,8 and 6 and they model most of my hats

What do you do? 

Im a crocheter specializing in blankets and bespoke character hats. I make any size blankets from pram size up to Kingsize beds and my style is Granny Chic. I love pastel colours but I make to order a lot so my wool pile is very colourful and there is nothing I love more than going wool shopping.

Granny Chic

Granny Chic

Why did you start?

I started making blankets as a hobby and posted a few pictures on my Facebook page which caused some interest,then I made a sleepy owl hat it exploded.I was making for family and friends so I set up a Facebook business page and this is where I am now.Im hoping to have my own website this year so onwards and upwards.

Variety of Crochet Hats

Variety of Crochet Hats

Do you enjoy what you do?

I absolutely LOVE it. Who wouldnt love doing their hobby full time? I make the rules and the hours so it doesnt ever get boring and I always leave myself time on the side to try new patterns and items.

Have you always wanted to be self employed or is it something you have just worked your way into?

It just happened.I never knew I could do anything that I could make a living from so when I tried crochet (and discovered I could actually do it) I was over the moon.

How do you work it around children and family life?

I have lovely hours. I work 9am-3pm Mon-Friday when the boys are at school and if need be I can work 7pm onwards. Weekends only if I want to. Lovely!

More Hats

More Hats

Is your partner supportive?

Very supportive. He is so happy that I have found something I love as he really loves his job too. I have always worked in retail which is fun but it was just a job,I love creating things and I have so many ideas,every day is fun

Granny Chic

Granny Chic

Where can people find you?

At the moment I can be found on my Facebook page :- Queen Keen’s Facebook

and I have an Etsy shop that I am making stock for :- Queen Keens Etsy Shop

And I’m hoping to have a website with a blog in the next few weeks (*Which I will add as soon as its set up*)

Thank you Queen Keen, We at RillyRoos wish you all the best of luck for 2014 & beyond.

 

*This is not a sponsored post, this is a kind gesture to mums out there trying to make a go of something they enjoy.
You can find more about my shop at RillyRoos Shop *