Saturday, 25 September 2010

meet {yummy mummy} Jordan

Well lovelies, here is another fabulous guest post, I am so delighted to have Jordan from Polkadot Prints as a part of our “Yummy Mummy” segment! With a background in graphic & digital design, Jordan started Polkadot Prints, a boutique invitation and paper goods business, to help you create beautiful celebrations for your family. Each print, theme or package is created with uniqueness & current trends in mind. Recently i posted pictures of Levy's aeroplane birthday party & all i can say is WOW! I absolutely adore this party, Jordan did such a fabulous job from decorations, table set up, party favors, cake, colour palette - well, i just love everything! {click here}

A big thanks to Jordan for giving little insight of Polkadot Print to our lovely readers, it has been so much fun! If you would like to see more party planning gorgeousness and inspiration, be sure to stop by Polkadot Prints Blog.
Have a splendid weekend everyone!

Enjoy xx

Tell us a little about YOU, the woman behind Polkadot Print?
I am a wife, a mum and a graphic designer. And the 'me' behind all that is a generally fun-loving, social, designy and crafty loving chick. I love a good chat about life, parenting, faith, design, & business. I can't walk past the home, cooking and design magazine isle in the supermarket without have a good browse!

When did you launch your business/website?
I have been doing freelance design work for many years, and decided I needed something a little less 'deadline' focused when my son was born. I launched my blog & website late 2009. Since going 'printable' a few months ago, things feel like the have re-launched all over again!

What was your inspiration for starting your own business & who/what inspires your work?
I think I answered half of this already, but basically I had a baby! At the time I started my business I could only find American based online stationery stores, and my initial goal was to start something for the Australian mum's. Since I discovered "blog-world", it has opened more opportunity and my horizons have changed somewhat. I am now providing digital printable invitations & paper goods in my store. The form & process is constantly being tweaked, but the end goal is always the same - professional, accessible, event stationery and paper goods.

Wow...inspiration for me comes from literally everywhere! A piece of clothing. Design magazines. Baking. Interesting colour combinations. Driving or going for a walk and letting my mind wander. And of course the internet provides endless inspiration. There are so many creative and talented people out there! Often though, I just need to get away from my computer and let my mind wander and wait for that idea to pop into my head - that is awesome when a new design or concept just 'clicks'.

What is the most satisfying part of what you do?
Being able to do this from home while still being a mum (she says while her child is waking from his sleep!!)....(many days later I pick up where I left off...) I also LOVE seeing how my designs can inspire a complete party or wedding theme. To see my designs used for special events in someones life, is really satisfying.

What was the most rewarding thing that has happened in your career so far?
I can't really pin point one moment. There are many. Having my work featured on other peoples creative blogs and in media is just amazing. I was featured on Amy Atlas recently which was a huge buzz! Mostly though it is the day to day emails and family events that I get to be a part of. I love that! I have come in contact with so many like minded people through "blog-world" that in itself is very rewarding.

Can you tell us your favourite handmade item you have brought recently?
I'm struggling with this one...I clearly need to go shopping!!

What are your long term goals for your business?
World domination!! :) Just kidding. In the near future I have a new website that is being developed which will make ordering online simpler for customers.
I would love to be known as the 'go-to' for invitations and paper goods. There are a few specific goals that I am working on at the moment, but I don't want to count my chickens...I'll tell you when they eventuate! :)

What would be your best tip for someone thinking about selling online?
Go for it! Often we think we can't start until everything is perfect (at least I think that sometimes) But I would encourage you to just start with what you have and look into all the options that are out there for selling online (Etsy, BigCartel, MadeIt or custom built) and find what works best for you and your product.

Name three brands you couldn’t live without? and why?
Canon - my trusty camera & ye ol' faithful printer
Mac - oh how I love thee
Ikea - it's always a maze-lik adventure and there is always a treasure to be found!

What is your favorite part of blogging and tell us your 3 favourite blogs?
I love the personal contact with my customers, the feedback from readers is priceless. It's also a great way to highlight and share the behind the scenes of what my business is all about.
My favourite blogs change all the time but currently I am checking Twig & Thistle, Jordan Ferney Oh Happy Day, & Style Me Pretty every day.

Do you have a favourite trend?
I am loving the style of photography at the moment that has that vintage wash - all soft and warm. Love it! Want it! Need to learn it!

What is your favourite place in the world?
Home - mine or other peoples'. And sitting at a Max Brenner chocolate bar with friends. Can't beat it!

If you could be a super hero or cartoon character who would it be?
I going to cheat and say the Three Fairy Godmothers from Sleeping Beauty, so at the wave of my wand I could have a cake baked, a dress made, and my house would look spick and span!


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