I’m sitting here with my 3 month old baby on my lap, trying to type as she wriggles. My two year old is asleep on the couch and somewhere in amongst the current calm that has bestowed this house, I have decided that now would be a good time to write or make some art. A lack of canvas has lead me to type away my incessant creativity, as my right forearm is getting gummed and little arms flail around.
The Friday just gone was a good post day. I met the delivery man twice that day. He was a funny man, perhaps in his 50’s. He cracked jokes and gave the parcels to my two year old and made her feel very important. It was quite sweet of him to have a chat. Being on maternity leave can be a bit lonesome. Having a brief interaction where you don’t have to repeat yourself and who talks at the appropriate times is quite a relief.
One thing I do happen to do a bit of whilst on maternity leave, or so it appears, is online shop. My latest purchase has come from the lovely Kate of Little Merchants. I met Kate quite a few years ago now, and she has always struck me as a pure soul with a lot of love to give. She’s the sort of girl who simultaneously has her feet on the ground and her head in the clouds. We haven’t exactly kept in touch, but the state of cyber space allows me to vaguely keep track of those of whom I would have likely otherwise lost track of, and Kate is one of those people.
Kate has been a wanderer, that’s for sure. I met her here in Adelaide, and from here she spent some time near Perth and then moved to Brisbane and is now in Far North Queensland. She has an adorable little girl and becoming a mother has clearly been a huge inspiration for starting her online business, Little Merchants.
Little Merchants is an online store that specialises in selling baskets and baby changing baskets. What makes these baskets special, is they are each unique and individual, woven with elephant grass by women in Ghana. Buying a basket from Little Merchants gives back to small communities in Ghana, whilst looking beautiful on my arm at the local farmers market. The baskets, with their natural dyes and materials are eco-friendly and sustainable, which is a huge thing for me and is thankfully becoming more and more the norm.
I chose this one, as turquoise is my favourite colour, whilst pink is my two year olds. It’s sturdy, bright and incredibly well made. I could feel the love that Kate has for Little Merchants throughout the whole purchase in the stylish branding and the simplicity of the packaging.
The Little Merchants Instagram & Facebook feed is awash with images that simultaneously celebrate nature and motherhood.
You can find the website at www.littlemerchants.com.au