This time last year, we were on a plane to the USA. It was our first overseas trip as a family, and it was something I had looked forward to all year. Elizabeth was so nervous about being on a plane for so long that she vomited on herself at the airport.
Before we left, I had decided that as well as of my usual fridge magnet or tea towel souvenirs, I would also buy something a little more special - a charm from Pandora in each city we visited.
The trip was amazing and I came home with a handful of new charms for my Pandora bracelet. Over the next few weeks, the kids and I would reminisce our travels, while looking at our photos. Evelyn and I would get out my Pandora charms, and she would make up a new selection of charms on my bracelet. We would talk about our holiday, where we bought the charms, the sightseeing we did, what we loved about our holiday, and dreams for our next trip. I would wear the bracelet with her selected charms the next day, and then a few days later we would do it all again. It was a lovely quiet time just the two of us.
Then one day she said "Can I wear it?", and I said "No baby, its too expensive". She understood that each charm cost quite a bit, and if she lost the whole bracelet that we would be loosing a lot more than just the charms. It made me wonder if there was sometime available that was for her age. I didn't want to spend a lot because she would probably lose it or lose interest in it pretty quickly, and I wanted something that was better quality than the plastic cheap bracelets and necklaces that were available at toyshops and pharmacies.
I had a look at the usual jewellery stores - Michael Hill, Prouds, etc. - but there wasn't much to choose from in the way of kids jewellery and I thought it was too expensive anyway. I didn't want to spend over $50 just for a pair of silver earrings, and I wanted to spend more than $7 for plastic ones. I wanted something in between that was "good enough".
I knew that Pandora had a range of Disney charms, but even though we had just returned from USA, my girls weren't interested it, they considered Mickey Mouse, The Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland and Beauty and the Beast, too babyish for girls aged 9 and 10.
So I realised there might be an opportunity for me to start up a business that would focus just on jewellery for kids. I raised it with my husband as an idea for a business, and for the first time ever he didn't think it was another one of my "hair-brained schemes". I also thought this would be something that would satisfy my creative side and also get the kids involved with learning how to put a website together. And so we began Zookkie.
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- No of orders: 419 (includes orders to myself to test if website working!)
- Days since vodka: 2
- Current weight: 78kgs