Running your own business while being a Mum // Campbell Crafts

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"you are so lucky" is often the response when I tell other mums what I do for a living...."you get to be at home, and earn money" - you would think it is the best of both worlds...and it can be. However, when you have a 2 year old in full blown tantrum mode, and are heavily pregnant it can also be a huge burden. You get no time for 'you', no sneaky escapes to coffee shops, no time off - it is full on ALL THE TIME!

You have customers to please, orders to get out, returns, exchanges, blogs, social media - all while trying to reason with a toddler! Lets just say there is A LOT of TV time in our house, which is shameful but needs must when you have 50 orders to process and emails to write.



Yes she is in nursery a few days a week - which gives me concentrated business time - which is fabulous, but with another on the way, we are about to start it all again. I only realised how stressful it actually is recently, as I am having a difficult pregnancy, with weekly trips to the hospital, and was admitted for a few days. When I am not there - there is no business - it all grinds to a stop, and some customers/people just don't get that! They think we are a HUGE operation, or have a few staff members to plug the holes - nope its me day to day, and Lulu on blogs, plus casual staff at events. So, when I am away/incapacitated - it all goes on pause.

I don't think people realise that when you are your own boss anyway, its tough, if you don't sell things, you don't make money, you don't pay your bills etc but add in children, childcare and all the fun things that come with it (illness, tantrums, socialising for them) it is a full on rollercoaster.

(I wish)

I actually envy my friends that get to go and have adult only time, at work, they only have to think of their job 9-5 on that day, then collect the kids - sounds dreamy when I have a 2 year old holding onto my ankle asking to go to the park while I am picking & packing. I get their side too though, that they would love to have time for their children, to see them every single day...and save the mental fees on childcare.

So, spare a thought when you receive your Campbell Crafts order, we are a little fish, juggling a lot of plates and with another on the way - we will be having a short break this month or next for the new arrival to settle in (plus I am a c-section so no processing orders for me)

There is lots of love in our little packages - and we hope you see that when they pop through your letterbox!



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Why We Will Be A Spring Summer Brand All Year Round // Campbell Crafts

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There is no hiding the fact that we are all about pastels, the odd pop of colour and some cute patterns...our entire collection is made up of that 50's ice cream parlour look.


However, I have been emailed a few times about "what do I have coming for winter?", "will you be doing dark colours?" and "do you do this in black?"

As much as I love throwing on a polo neck, some tartan and thick woollen tights - it isn't what The Fifty Five Collection is about. We are a brand inspired by Palm Springs, the candy coloured dream that it is. The 50's colour pallets, the pastel front doors and the eternal sunshine (out of 356 days, 350 are sunshine) - and with that you don't get the need for winter coats and layers. SO, we will be staying in summer thank you! Thats not to say you can't wear our designs year round - a clever pair of navy tights and a cropped jumper worn with our gingham skirts would look amazing. A leather jacket and biker boots would make our hibiscus print dresses look killer....so there are options peeps!



We just don't want to produce SS and AW lines every year - we are a small company, some of you may know we had major production issues this year - which really set us back and made me question whether I would even keep the brand going. We don't have the man power or finances to produce large collections each 'season' so what we will be doing is adding bits and pieces throughout the year to suit the climate - whether it's some accessories to help make our clothes 'wearable' during the colder months (although I don't know if it will ever be cold again with these insane heatwaves) and in the spring adding some new pieces to the existing collection. It will be a forever revolving online boutique!!! Exciting no?!

I get it, everyone is super excited about Halloween, then Christmas - but that doesn't mean that you can't wear a fabulous Campbell Crafts piece too!!!! Oh and half the world is living a summer dream while we are in winter - so all you lovelies - you don't have an excuse!


Our pieces are limited edition, we make small runs - so once its gone - it is really gone and we are on to the next colour way or design...so you are kind of buying something that not everyone will have, from a small woman run business based in the UK - with our production all done here in the UK too!

SO, don't be looking for any winter warmers here at CC - its all about California baby..... via the UK.


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Get Ready with Bettie! // Miss Bettie Bookworm

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Hello Everyone!
Miss Bettie Bookworm comin at ya with a little step by step hair “tutorial” on a brush out I tend to do after a fresh set. So I have to say I am not a hair stylist, nor do I have professional training. I just love to do hair, and sort of just get lucky with how some of my styles turn out. I have watched youtube tutorials from some of the most inspiring pinups, seen vintage photographers ( which I google) , and talk to fellow retro gals about how they do their own. All of which have inspired and taught me dos and don'ts of the retro hair world, as well as what works for my own hair.



Hair itself is rather complicated, it's all very unique depending on the person and you just have to go through a trial and error period of product, tools and styles. It’s basically like going through those awkward child years all over again. Sounds fun right? It’s not. But all you can do is laugh and push through. After years of practice, and those rough and tumble awkward years I finally got to the point where I am proud of what I can do to my own hair. Could I do it for someone else? Who knows really.. But hopefully these little tips and trick can help you on your journey.


So lets kick this thing off with some product and tools shall we?  The product and tool  find is sometimes the hardest part of the hair styling adventure. What ends up; happening is you have to rediscover what your hair is all about. Obviously some products and supplies work for some people and not for others. Everyone needs a few basics to have something to work with. A brush is always important when it comes to a brush out, pretty shocking right? Who would have thought?? I currently using the Wet Brush brand in the “smooth” style , tends to work the best for brush out without taking out all of my curl. When it comes to teasing comes and “smoothing” brushes you can find a reasonable good quality at a hair supply store. Duck slips are a saving grace! They are theses long, “flat”, metal clip that is great when you get everything shaped to be able to set everything in place while one create a cloud of hairspray. Though I am forgetting the most important part, curlers ! I use what I call pillow rollers, which may or may not be what they are actually called. They are pieces of foam with a wire through it, wrapped in a material like cotton or satin. Very easy to sleep on and inexpensive. You only have to replace them ever so often, depending on how tore up you let them get. 

Product wise I have very specific products that I use after a very long series of stuff that just didn’t work for my hair type. In regards to Hair spray I use the Kenra “volume spray” extra hold stuff that will keep my hair together, for the most part, till the very end of the day. Do to the fact that I live in an incredibly foggy area there is just going to be fall out because of the moisture in the air. To set my hair overnight I use the tried and true Suavicita Prep Spray, and can I tell you that I love it ever so much! Keeps my curls soft but secure when I take out my pillow curlers. Pomade is the final product I use on my hair when it comes to the prep and finishing. I usually use it to smooth out flyaways, curls, and I use it when i first undo my set. Right now I am using American Pomade and I love it. Great texture, and smells wonderful, very easy to work with. I know it may seem like a lot , but really I probably could be using so much more.

OK ! I promise onto the quick steps for you, enough about all the stuff I use.



Step One: By now I hope you have come to the conclusion that I set my hair in pillow curlers overnight with prep spray. But if not “ I set my hair overnight with prep spray,” then I wrap my head in a scarf to keep everything in place.

Step Two: Wake up, sit at your vanity, and look at yourself and wonder why you go through all of this most mornings. This is usually when I start my make up for the day. I basically do everything but my eyes and lips, this is so I wont mess up any styles I create while i'm trying to paint my face.

Step Three: Remove the curlers ! I usually remove the curlers by going with the flow of the curl. Do not yank them out, they will end up fluffy and you’ll hurt your head.
 
Woo Hoo you got this far! Keep it up!

Step Four: I take this awesome American Pomade, rub it between my hands, the lightly run my fingers through my curls. This help separate them, and starts to give me some texture to work with. 


 
Step Five: Now time to take your handy dandy brush and brush through your hair. This is the part you have to be careful with. You have to find when to stop brushing in order to have all your body and curl leftover, but a shape forming. There has been a ton of times where I have brushed too much and lost all the curl in my hair, or I didnt brush enough and had no true shape.

 
Step Six: THE TEASE ! Take your teasing brush and start getting in there. Teasing helps keep curls from sectioning back off, gives your volume, and helps keep the body of your hair up longer. After many times of styling my hair without the tease I realized that my hair deflates a lot faster. Teasing can be scary, take it easy the first few times while you are still figuring out what your hair can handle.

 
Step Seven: Once you have your hair Dolly Parton big you can take your brush and start lightly brushing and shaping your hair. This is when your duck clips will come into play. Once you start feeling the shape your hair is deciding to do you can clip you hold the look in place. Duck clips are a huge life saver by holding everything in place while you are working through it. After you get the shape you desire and the duck slips in place I usually take my smoothing brush and clean everything up. Since I have naturally straight hair, after all the teasing there can be some fly away realness.


Step Eight: Time to create that lovely cloud of hair spray that settles on your phone screen, glasses and basically everything you own. Hairspray is your best friend! Having a good hairspray will help a look lock in place for most, if not the entirety of the day. I’m not going to lie to you, I use a lot of hairspray. I have to make sure these curls are going to last through those foggy days.


Step Nine: Girl if you are like me it’s time to finish your face. While I am little the hair spray dry and settle with the clips in is right about the time I change into what I am wearing for the day, and finish my makeup for the day. Well minus the lipstick, red lipstick gets everywhere and I don't want it getting on something while I am changing.



Step Ten: FINALLY !! Finally dose of airspray cloud after you take out your duck clips and brush down anything that got fluffy. Put on your favorite red lipstick, set your makeup with your favorite setting spray… the BOOM ! Slay Queen!


( these photos were taken about half way through my work day)


Until next time, enjoy doing your hair!
Love Miss Bettie Bookworm x

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1950s Betty Cropped Diner Shirt // Amelia Jetson

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The fabulous Katie aka Amelia Jetson has recently been showcasing our new Betty multi spot tie up diner shirt here. Teaming with high waisted short shorts, we think she looks amazing!

>>Follow Katie @ameliajetson

If you wanna steal her style then head on over to Campbellcrafts.com to get yours!

Don't forget to tag us on Instagram/Twitter and Facebook! Use the hash tag thefiftyfivecollection and tag @campbellcrafts for a chance to be featured!

(Please note we've had permission to use Katie's photos)



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Blue Gingham Swing Review - The Fifty Five Collection // Eleanor Rebel

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Hello sweethearts! If you are here, reading this, I'm sure you were eagerly expecting the launch of The Fifty-Five Collection. I was super excited when I heard that Campbell Crafts is making their own designs! When I saw the pieces of the Fifty-Five Collection, a house brand designed by Lins and inspired by Palm Spring, I was blown away. All of my pastel spring mid century dreams were fulfilled. 


   
So, when I got a surprise mail, I knew I will love what I see because The Fifty-Five Collection provides pastel, floral print and gingham galore inspired by the surroundings of California, and trust me, I dream about 1955,  just cruising on my bike in the playground of Palm Springs. 

 
Under cute The Fifty-Five Collection by Campbell Crafts business card there was a swing skirt in large blue gingham. I immediately knew how I will style it because the colours are gorgeous and the aesthetic of it fits perfectly in relaxed summer afternoon on the beach or bicycle riding. And since I don't have a beach nearby, cruiser bike ride it is! 


I paired my blue gingham skirt with light white blouse with pin up brooch, dark blue cardigan (to match the dark blue buttons of course) and white sandals. But let's talk about the skirt! As a part of The Fifty-Five Collection, a swing skirt in large blue gingham features a timeless, flattering and ageless cut. The pastel colour and 50's flair of the skirt fits the brand identity that Campbell Crafts has created over the past 5 years.

 
This full circle skirt is made out of soft, light and stretchy fabric perfect for summer. Although I wear petticoat below full circle skirts, with this one is not the case because it is a summer skirt and it would be too hot, but also because the large contract buttons are real and the opening goes all the way. So you can throw a little sex appeal by unbuttoning a few of the buttons and show that leg girl. 
 

Size guide on the Campbell Crafts site says that my UK10 size skirt has a 72cm waist and almost 74cm length. If you are in between sizes go with smaller because stretch makes it very comfortable. You can notice that the skirt is tailored longer that the usual knee length 50's skirts. So if you are tall or like your skirt a bit longer you will find your match in The Fifty-Five Collection of skirts. 
 

For me it is important to keep my style, it's a huge part of my identity but in this busy world, finding 'me' time becomes harder and harder. If you have a full time job and family The Fifty-Five Collection is great for a day at the park. Or you are always in a hurry, or (let's be honest) you have a cheat day and just don't want to bother with makeup and fancy dress, this relaxed yet flattering fashion still holds that vintage aesthetic. Are you a 'baby pin up' and you're still not sure if this is your style? You can mix and match pieces to create your own vintage inspired wardrobe!
I am beyond happy with my skirt and I love The Fifty-FiveCollection by Campbell Crafts. Honestly, I can't wait to see that will come out next and all the gorgeous girls styling this and future collections.

Much love,
Eleanor Rebel
Instagram: @eleanor_rebel 
Facebook: Eleanor Rebel


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