Who is Matilda?
Matilda is my very gorgeous Cavoodle. I considered calling the business something to do with my 8 month old son Kayden but it didn’t have the same ring to it..So the name My Friend Matilda was born. I also like the fact that the word Matilda is associated with my beautiful country, Australia.
What is My Friend Matilda?
My Friend Matilda is the online store that I have spent many, many hours over the last couple of month's creating. This boutique store is where you will the most gorgeus, unique, chic removable wall decals. Basically anything I have fallen in love with and would want to either give to my loved ones or receive!
What made you start an online boutique?
I have just had the biggest year of my life! It started with my partner and I finding out one sunny afternoon that I was in fact 5 months pregnant with my now 8 month old son, Kayden.
You may be thinking….how did she not know for so long? Well, it is a very long story but to sum it up, I was diagnosed with a condition called PCOS and was told that my long time boyfriend (and future husband) and I would not have children without the assistance of IVF etc. So we were not looking out for signs. And the next question everyone asks is..but didn’t you get morning sickness or put on weight? Yes and yes. I put morning sickness down to a sudden attack of lactose intolerance (what an idiot) and I dealt with my weight gain like any 23 year old girl does….long runs on the coast and Weight Watchers!
From that sunny afternoon on, our world was turned upside down and it still is now! We were very excited to meet our beautiful boy Kayden but to be honest, we had no idea how exhausting it would be. I don’t think anyone does until they are living on little sleep and worry about EVERYTHING! Such as, is the baby too hot or cold? And is this poo the right texture? Gross but very true. Anyway, what was the question again? Oh yes, what made me start My Friend Matilda.
When I found out I was going to be a mother, I knew that I would want to be at home as much as possible...however we were tight with money and on one income and a brand new mortgage I was going to have to return to work very quickly...I needed to find a way to support my family but also be there for my bundle of joy. So once I came out of that six month blur of being a first time parent, I sat down and started dreaming…..and that is where My Friend Matilda began.
We have also just gotten married in October 2010! I want to take a moment to thank my husband Mike, it is a pure joy to find your soul mate and best friend. It is only with Mikes support that the dream of My Friend Matilda came alive! He let me go on my creative rants, my all night working, my constant pondering for several months in the beginning...and through it all he had my back! love you Mike.