Category: Handmade

Maker Interview: Pepper Raccoon

Maker Interview is a new section on where we interview a local handmade business owner. This week we interviewed the super talented Pepper from Pepper Raccoon.

1. Tell us a little bit about your business. What do you create? Where are you based?

Pepper Raccoon is my alter-ego who has existed for about a decade. I’ve just recently turned it into a brand for my shop! I sell pins, art prints, and commissioned works at the moment, but am soon to be adding patches and stickers to my selection! I lived in Wellington for a few years (so I have a bit of a base here), and then moved up to the Far North in March.


2. What inspired you to start your business?

I’ve always been really into collecting patches, pins, and other art objects. There’s so many illustrators online, and I’d been slacking on my art for a few years, so I used that as motivation to get started again!


3. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Nature, my partner’s cooking, other artists, cartoons/comics…pretty much everywhere. I spend a lot of time outside with animals and plants, and my partner is a professional chef, so I get inspiration from drawing what he’s dreaming up in the kitchen.


4. What do you enjoy about your business? What have been some of your favourite moments?

I love being based online, and being able to connect with everyone over Twitter, Tumblr, and FB. My favourite moments are always connecting with new people, and having people I’ve never met find joy in the things I create.

5. What plans do you have for your business over the next 6 months?

I’m still very new to running my own business, so it’ll likely be balanced against my freelance design job…but I’m planning on creating more pins, stickers, and patches. For October, I’ll be doing a drawing a day for Inktober, and putting that into a zine for sale at the end of the month.


6. What’s your advice for someone wanting to start their own creative business?

Just do it! As stupid and clichéd as it sounds, there’s no better time to start than now. All you need is one idea. Be kind to other artists and they’ll help you out, but also take the time to find your own manufacturers/printers/etc. Having your own supply chain means you’ll have something that’s truly your own.

7. Do you have any pets? If so, tell us about them.

Not at the moment, I rent and am very close to home ownership, when I will absolutely be adopting a dog from the SPCA the second we get settled!

8. Are you a follower of any pets/animals on social media? Which one(s) are your favourite?

I’m always a big fan of @ProBirdRights, which technically isn’t a real animal or pet, but a hilarious bird character.

9. Where can we find you online?

Peep my shop at:
For my design work:
Follow me on Twitter: sempercaps
Instagram: pepperraccoon
FB Page:


Craft Central Artisan Market


Craft Central Artisan Market is coming up on 8 October! I’ll be there with my jewellery, including lots of new pieces that I haven’t had available at markets before. It’s from 10am-4pm at Macs Function Centre on the waterfront. There will also be free workshops.

Have you seen all the new stock in the Leroy, Betty & Co etsy store? So many pretty new items!


It’s nearly October which means it’s nearly time to print the next lot of custom earrings! Get in now to make sure yours are shipped next week. Click the image below for details.


Custom earrings now available

If you’re a fan of the Leroy, Betty and Murphy earrings, guess what?  Now you can get a pair featuring YOUR pet!  Information on how to order your own pair custom pet earrings can be found in my etsy store.

As these earrings need to be run in batches, I’ll be creating them only once a month.  The first run will be next week, during the first week of June and there are a few spots still available.


I’ve booked into three markets during June and July, and have applied for 1-2 more.  More information will be available closer to the dates of the markets.

Last week, I made the tough decision to discontinue all bottle necklaces.  These have bee popular ever since the launch of my etsy store back  in May 2012.  There are still some left, and they are now on clearance prices – $10 down from $17!  All available necklaces can be found on etsy in the sale section of my store.

bottle sale

Sale Time!


It’s sale time in my etsy store!

Lots of items on sale, including some that have only been available at markets (not online) previously.  It’s only while stocks last, so once an item is gone, it won’t be available again.

Prices start at just $8, so grab yourself a bargain while you can!

1 December!

Wow, hasn’t December come around quickly this year?  I’m very much looking forward to Christmas – the tree is up, I’ve started playing carols at home and I’ve started shopping for gifts.

Below is a photo of our tree.  I call it Ridiculous Tree because it’s so tall and full of decorations – it’s so awesome that it’s ridiculous.  We’ve had it for eight Christmases now and every year we add more decorations.

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Coming up for me, I will be at Craft Central next week!  I am so excited to attend this market, and I highly recommend attending.  The quality of items for sale at Craft Central is always really high and a wide variety to get your Christmas shopping done.

ROXY Postcard 2015

If you’re planning on getting some Christmas shopping done online, I’m currently offering free shipping within New Zealand!  Just enter the coupon ‘FREESHIPNZ’ at checkout and your postage will be free!

This coupon is valid on both my Felt and Etsy stores.

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Hi everyone

Sorry for the lack of posts on the blog over the last few months!  I’ve started a new job at work, and with Leroy, Betty & Co. I’ve been focusing on making jewellery for my favourite time of year – Christmas!

I’ve added lots of new stock to my etsy and felt stores, including the earrings below.  Not only is there a lot of new stock but you will also find in the stores some of the most popular items from Cats & Whiskers jewellery – including the bottle necklaces!

My first market of the Christmas season coming up this week!  I will be at the Knack Craft Market on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th of November.  This market is at Berhampore School and is always one of my favourites – lots of great stalls.  Get all of your Christmas shopping done in one place!


Free gift wrapping is now available if you order online.  Just add a note to your order requesting that your items are wrapped.  This offer ends 24 December.

Do you like Leroy, Betty & Co. on Facebook?  It’s the most up to date place to find out what’ going on, plus there will be some giveaways coming up.


Bits and bobs

Hi everyone!  Just a quick update to say hi and let you know how everything is going.

The last month for me has been crazy busy.  Work has been full on, plus Aaron and I have been planning an overseas holiday and settling into a new church.


But, I did finally manage to get my new logo sorted, and my etsy store reopened!  Only a small range of jewellery is available at the moment, but I’ll be working over the next few months to slowly add more stock when I can.  For now, enter the coupon ’10OFF’ at checkout to get 10% off your purchase. There’s also a giveaway happening on instagram that ends this evening.  Make sure you enter while you can!

I’m hoping to get some more sewing done over easter weekend.  Can’t wait!

Have a great week.


My start to 2015 has been a little bit slow. I had a very enjoyable Christmas and New Years, and while I had hoped to spend some of my break working on and planning for this blog and for my etsy store, I haven’t been able to. I hit a creative wall and I’m hoping to kick start my brain this week.

While I didn’t get much done, I did start a couple of things. I have started ordering materials for jewellery. Last night I finished my first trial dog bow tie (with some success). I also briefly started planning what I’ll be writing about on here during the year.


Some of the things I plan to write about are:
– my handmade business and upcoming markets I’ll be at
– interviews with local business owners
– attempts at recreating pet related crafts with instructions found online
– continuing reviews of eateries, and
– general ramblings – some pet related, some not.

If all goes to plan, I’m hoping for a launch date of 1 March for my etsy store. There will be giveaways leading up to the launch so make sure you’re subscribed to this blog!

In the meantime, last week I discovered my new favourite pet on Instagram – Princess Monster Truck. With her massive eyes and ridiculously cute underbite, she’s definitely worth following.