From humble beginnings

By Jenna Habgood

For anyone that has ever had a business dream, this post is for you. Today I'm sharing my story with the blog society community because I know many of you out there can relate...let's get started...

Three years ago, hubby, bub and myself moved from Sydney to Cairns, chasing the sun and avoiding the hustle and bustle of city life. The hubby works for a large hotel chain as an Executive chef, so he pretty much works day and night. Having already moved from the UK to Oz I know settling into new places can take time especially with a new baby and a hubby working long hours. But with long strolls on beautiful beaches, stopping for coffee in boutique cafes, what could be so bad with that life?? Well nothing to be honest, but I always strive for more. The slow pace was unheard of to me, even having a 4 month old I needed more. I wanted to help provide for my family.

I was a ballerina in the UK and then taught in some top schools in Sydney, so what was I to do when I wanted to stay at home with bub for as long as possible?? I know! I’ll start making bub’s some clothes! They looked cool and I was good at it (well I thought so) So off I went to Spotlight, filled a trolley with fabric and threads and pretty much everything in between and set up camp on my dining room table and the world of Tully Pops began…

So, I started a Facebook page and the orders started flowing in. Wow! People like my designs, this is cool. One day I took a gamble, I bought a black zebra head designed fabric and I created a romper… bam! My page went crazy, I could of sold 50+ just from the first picture I posted on Facebook. From that night on Tully Pops just kept growing and growing. I would sell out of everything online in under 15 minutes!! It blew my mind every time!! 

Everything remained amazing, introducing funky new fabric and creating new designs and being able to stay home with my baby girl, perfect. Then…

I fell pregnant with bub #2 last year, which was great (obviously), we couldn’t be happier. But, my brain went into overdrive, “how can I possibly do all this and be an awesome wife and mother?” “ It’s impossible! I’m going to have to close down the business I’ve just worked so hard on the last 2 years”… Now, once I calmed down, my usual (some call it stubborn) determined self said “No there is always a way!!” so I sat down with a designer friend of mine (who is the designer behind the amazing label ‘Aila Blue’) and she made me realise my business is just ready for the next step… Take my designs into production… WHAT!! NO WAY!!! It took me weeks to process everything, but she was right. I couldn’t keep doing 4am finishes with a new bub. So, I found myself a production manager and off I went…

Being ethical is very important to me, I don’t want huge factory produced clothing. I have focused my label about using organic products as much as possible. that is how my Organic Bamboo Babies Range came about. Tully Pops is currently still being sewn by me with a 3 year old causing havoc and a 6 month old under foot but as Tully Pops goes under a ‘facelift’ at the end of September the new collection drops early October and ‘EXCITED’ doesn’t cover the feeling I have for what’s about to happen at Tully Pops.

By now your probably thinking why is she telling me all this??

Well, I want everyone to know that if you have a dream and you work hard enough it can come true…yes yes yes everybody says that I know, but its true!! I started Tully Pops with $150 of fabric and my basic sewing machine. I created a logo with Clipart and registered my business name. It doesn’t take having millions of dollars in the bank to start your dream, it takes guts, courage and lots of passion!!! So if you are sitting there dreaming… start believing!!

You can find Jenna at Tully Pops, or on Facebook and Instagram.