It’s time for another fabulous working mums interview!

Today it’s Kylie from Tiges & Weince, who is mum to 3 year old Hudson & 1 year old Charlotte.

I first stumbled upon Kylie’s work at Mathilda’s Market, in fact it was the gorgeous robot pillow that caught my eye. I quickly picked up a business card for my ‘must specify’ pile!

Kylie, Hudson & Charlotte

Tell me a little bit about Tiges & Weince?
Tiges and Weince is my love for colour, print, pattern, design & children’s products. Designing a children’s homeware collection including decorative cushions, door stops & art for your walls.

How did Tiges & Weince get started?
It started a couple of years ago without any real direction; all I knew was that I had to be doing something. I was at home with Hudson & wasn’t sure what to do, so I started sewing bibs & change mats & sold them at markets & on Etsy but wasn’t really satisfied. My back ground is in fashion & design so I started to think what I could do, that would encompass what I know, without producing clothing ranges. I can draw & I can sew, so I started an illustrated range of magnetic bookmarks & they sold extremely well. I figured people must like my design work .So I then did a lot of research to see how I could have my work printed on to fabric, as that’s my ultimate goal to produce my own fabric collections. Once I had found out what I needed, I started printing my designs on to cotton, made a few cushions & the rest is history. Tiges and Weince is a homewares collection for kids. I must give my husband credit for telling me one day, “If you just concentrated on 1 or 2 products, you may reach your goals instead of trying to design everything & cater to everyone”. So I did, the good slap of reality I needed, not bad for someone who drives a truck for a living!

What does a typical day involve for you? How do you balance work life & children?
Balance…Nope….My life is a hectic as hell. I wish I could tell you a well balanced schedule but I can’t. There is a general trend but it never stays the same. My daughter is a bad sleeper hence my chaotic routine, my world revolves around her world. Generally I play a lot with the kids in the morning, get mundane chores done, or go out & run errands. When I am back & Charlotte is asleep I set Hudson up with things to do, even pop a movie on for him & yes I work & get as much as I can get done. When she is awake, pretty much the same as above & start dinner. After dinner back to work. My hubby looks after them predominantly at night so I can work.

Do you have childcare?
I did have. I had Hudson in there 1 day a week but he hated it. After an 18 month battle I pulled him out. I would love a nanny 1 day a week though now.

What type of activities do you do with your baby?
I still catch up with some of the girls in my mothers group Thursday’s. They are a great bunch of women & I feel blessed to have them. It a great time for the kids to run wild. Friday is Soccertime Kids for Hudson & swimming Saturday morning. The other days I may see other friends but nothing routine. To date I haven’t booked Charlotte into anything, as she joins in with Hudson.

When you aren’t working, how do you entertain bub?
Hudson loves to draw, as well as play with playdoh. I am pretty lucky both of them can amuse themselves well, as I don’t feel I have to entertain them all the time. They must learn to use their own imaginations. At the moment Hudson is doing a lot of role playing & I love listening, it’s so cute. Otherwise both the kids love to get outside on the swings, trampoline, or bike riding. I believe fresh air each day prevents irritability, so unless it’s icy cold outside I like to go out when I can.

Any tips for staying organised?I am a bit of a list person, it keeps me accountable, otherwise I just go with the flow. If I am going out I pack everything to go out, I do so while they are both eating breakfast. If Dora or Dinosaur train is on I am guaranteed Hudson will stay in the same spot.

Do you work from a dedicated home office/space/where ever you lay your laptop?
Yes I have a dedicated room with everything I need. I don’t use a lap top, instead a desk top with a big screen as I need it for my artwork, as well as using a tablet to draw with. I have lots of shelves and a big working table. It’s a great space, but can get a little untidy when I am busy.

Do you have any sanity saving tips for other working from home parents?
1 – Write lists. Try to achieve completing those whenever you can throughout the day, 10 mins here & they add up.
2 – Stay motivated there are so many online course to help you do so. Without motivation your work will become boring & you won’t strive to be your best.
3 – Invest in a slow cooker have dinner cooked & dishes done by 10am. Liberating!
4 – When you’re busy with orders/queries & the kids are ratty, & you’re frustrated because you can’t get 5 minutes peace, leave the house. Get some fresh air, go to a cafe for a break with them, or the park. Everything will seem better after that (most of the time hehe).
5 – Limit facebook & twitter time. They are time suckers. I love them both but use them sparingly throughout the day. I was advised to use them morning or night 10 mins each to read posts/tweets, respond to anything necessary, & also post/tweet things yourself & then get off. It works!

What are your ‘can’t live without’ items?
Computer, printer, pantone colour library, sewing machine, phone, coffee machine, Real Living subscription, & my design books.

Thanks for sharing Kylie! I still have a few more gorgeous mums lined up, so stay tuned for the coming weeks.