Hello April


A quarter of the year has gone and we are very thankful that most of the things in the business and in life are running smoothly.

April will be an exciting month for us, as not only will we receive more samples of our children’s dining set but also new packaging for our bamboo blankets.

We are going to Japan and Hong Kong at the end of the month, and we can’t wait to share our journey with you all!!

Enjoy your April everyone!

Suki x


Bamboo Dining Set

A big thank you to everyone who bought our new Bamboo Children’s Dining Set in the last 3 weeks. We received fantastic feedback on these sets, which warms our heart and we are so excited to get more stock in soon. In the meantime, preorder is available on our website.

One of the main reasons we have chosen to release the Bamboo Children’s Dining Sets is we are aiming to be more sustainable and also more environmentally friendly. The Sets are made using bamboo and plant based fibres, these are biodegradable materials that won’t harm our planet.

There are several documentaries regarding plastic and the damage it causes to our environment. Not only does plastic end up in landfill but it also ends up in our water ways, often being digested by our marine life. Just yesterday, I watched a video on a whale that had died due to illness, and once the autopsy was conducted close to 50 bags were found in its stomach. This is absolutely heartbreaking.

I’ve mentioned previously, we would like to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. We are taking many other steps to reduce our footprint and work towards a more happier planet.

How do you reduce your footprint and what steps do you take?

Have a fantastic week!


My people – Melody

It took me a while to write this post because this means so much to me. Since we have the shop at South Melbourne Market, I’ve met so many lovely people and a lot of them have touched my heart. Melody is definitely one of them. We met when I was at So:Me space as a pop up. I still remember the first time I saw Melody, she took a bunch of friends to check out my stall. She was so happy showing her friends and telling them, that I was her favourite Melbourne artist. She came back the next week with another group of friends and showed them my work again!

Since we start the business at South Melbourne market Melody has been amazingly supportive and I feel extremely lucky to have her friendship. Sometimes you meet a person and you just click. It’s like you’ve known them all your life and everything is just so easy. I think Melody is definitely this person.

I enjoy every little chat with Melody, and when she comes to the shop she cheers me up. The friendship that I’ve got from the business is just amazing. I am very lucky.


Thanks Melody!

Sydney Life InStyle


We took a little day trip to Sydney yesterday to visit Life InStyle. Life InStyle is a trade fair for retailers to find their products all in one roof. We have exhibited there the year before but we didn’t do well. To be honest though we weren’t very well prepared back then, we only had mugs, notebooks and cushions to sell and we didn’t even have any packaging! We had no experience in wholesale and we didn’t know what we were doing.

Now we have our own shop and we know so much better what we are offering and who’s our target market, we also have better packaging. We are more certain what sells than what doesn’t. I feel like we are in a better position to give wholesale another chance. That’s why we’re up to Sydney yesterday to have a look of the venue and other exhibitors to see if that’s worth giving it another go!

I must say, doing wholesale isn’t easy. When we first started we had this great idea that we only wanted to do wholesale, so we didn’t have to bear the costs of having a shop and we could work at home. But life isn’t that easy. There are so many things we have to consider;

* The wholesale price of our products

* Do we provide enough mark up for the retailers?

* If we manufacture our goods, (to make the costs cheaper) do we have enough space to store all our products?

* What should we charge for postage?

* What’s the payment terms and conditions?

We’ve learnt some important lessons at the first trade fair. We were very silly when it came to money, it almost feels like as long as you buy you can have everything. So we didn’t take any deposits for some of the orders and were silly enough to post our goods to the shop before we get payment. Of course, some people took forever to pay and even one shop never paid us! I cannot imagine anyone would do this to a new small business, but shit does happen and there are plenty of bad people out there.

There is a positive to this story, what happened to us before really motivated me to do something to help new start ups. Our ultimate goal for this business is to provide a retail consult to new start up, provide Give feedback in terms of packaging, pricing and sourcing. It’s because I have gone through all the trouble and it would be nice to help the others.

Oh I think I am a bit off the track. We haven’t decided whether we will exhibit at Life InStyle Sydney next year but we will definitely give it a go for the Melbourne one this year.

Have a great week!

Suki x

Family Trip to New Zealand

My parents visit Australia on every Chinese New Year so they’ve been to Australia 15 times now! My dad is even more familiar with tourist places than I am! So this year we decided to take them to New Zealand for a few days, just to make it a little bit different for them.

We went to South Island for just under a week. We drove from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo, Twizel, Wanaka, Haast, Fox Glacier, Hokitika, Greymouth then back to Christchurch. I think we drove more than a thousand kilometres, but the scenery is so beautiful that every corner is worth the hard work.  It was such a great experience. Mum and dad were a bit bored, they constantly fell asleep in the car and missed out on all the beautiful views ha!

During our short but eventful trip we saw million year old glaciers and even a few shooting stars. We saw the ocean and we saw the rainforest, such a diverse place with such beauty.
Honestly you cannot imagine how stunning it is until you see it with your own eyes. We live in a wonderful world, that is full of beauty, excitement and love. It’s so nice to surround yourself with all these things and enjoy the little moment’s with your family.
In front of all these big mountains and beautiful rivers we realised how lucky we are to have each others. The world is so big and we only have limited time on this planet – we just have to enjoy every moment.


(The beautiful star night photo is from @infarawayland because our camera was broken. Otherwise all the photos are mine)

Have a wonderful week!




As an artist & creative-mind-business-lady, my passion is about creating illustrations and products that will put a smile on people’s faces. The original and fundamental idea is to create something that I love first. Then if I am lucky, I can develop the artwork into different products. Otherwise I am just happy as it is.  To me the most important principle for a “creator” is to be true to yourself.

When people walk into my shop they straight away think this is a children shop. Honestly I don’t usually draw things specifically for children or adults. I’ve never thought of something that would make lots of money then drew it (maybe that’s why I am still very poor).

All the illustrations that you see on my website and in my shop, they’re individual drawings reflecting that moment of my life. I love colours because they make me happy and I hope my products make people happy too. Colours shouldn’t just belong to children. They belong to everyone.

As an artist, I believe, we should always focus on the originality not the commercial side. It’s very weird for me to say that because I really want to be rich and famous but if I draw solely what’s trendy and what makes money then I feel like I am a fraud – I’d rather not do it at all.

People come to me everyday and ask if I can draw specific things for them. Sometimes I have people ask for wedding invitations, children’s books, cards, posters. Sometimes I say yes and sometimes I say no. It really depends.

If the reason for a drawing isn’t coming from love and passion it doesn’t really mean anything to me. When you have a really good piece of work, you can develop it and market it into different things but if you don’t even like the work you produced you won’t be able to make it into anything else – you need to love what you do!

I know it’s very contradicting coming from a business point of view but I am the soul of the business and if I don’t make something that I am truely passionate about and love, the business will have lost its soul.

I am very grateful that people love what I do. Every time when I sell something it’s like giving you my baby and knowing my babies are going to a good home. This feeling cannot be replaced.

This post means a lot to me because I explain why I do things and why there are no black and white trendy products in my shop.

Thank you for loving what I do. I really appreciate that.

Suki x

My First Book

ACS_0008I can’t believe I’ve published two books. Most of the time I completely forget about them, but sometimes I am like “WOW” how did I do that?

I haven’t written for a while because I am so focussed on the business, I have lost all sensitivity about what’s happening around me. In saying that, I am hoping to pick up writing again this year – so who knows maybe I’ll have a third book?


This was my first book. The english title wasn’t even right. I wrote about the funny things that happened to me when I came to Australia. The culture shock, working, living away from home, etc.

Before I came to Australia I never imagined living overseas. I was a princess when I was a child, with my dad driving me everywhere and I thought money grew from the wallet. Who wants to live away from home?

Life changed when I came here for university and I fell in love with Australia.

I remember my first impression of Australia was LAZY. I came from a city that’s 24/7, and 17 years ago shops closed here at 5pm and would not even open on a Sunday. What shocked me was the taxi driver didn’t even know where they were going – they had to read a map! Of course, this was before iPhone’s existed and I didn’t know Australia was such a big country. Who wants to live in a country like that? Other than that, Australian’s are very kind, very accepting and very funny. Although I will ask you, who puts hot chips in their burger? Are you in a hurry? Who do we shorten people’s names like David to Davo or Barry to Bazza? This has been confusing the crap out of me for a long time!

So I decided to write a book about Australia and the funny things that happened around me when I first came here. It was written in Chinese of course, because I don’t think my English was good enough back then. Even today I still think I don’t speak English most of the time. I want to show people it’s not easy living in a foreign country alone, but if you keep trying and understanding the new culture you’ll fall in love with this country!



My workplace

You may think that I have a fancy creative colourful workplace but the truth is I work from the bed most of the time!


The truth is, I have an office with a fancy computer. The office is full of stock at the moment but I really enjoy the quiet time in there. HOWEVER! My dog Daisy follows me everywhere and always wants to play. I thought to myself, if I work in the bedroom maybe she’ll go to sleep – and that’s what happens. She sleeps, I work!


My typical night usually looks like this: Daisy sleeping peacefully on my side of the bed, while Iain falls asleep while watching TV. I have to lie at the end of the bed because my dog has taken my side, and I have heaps of books and notes lying around.


Everyone’s sleeping except me of course….


So yes! This is how I work most of the time. I will spend time in the office when I need to do serious illustrations, but if I am just working I am usually on the bed! I am very jealous of people having nice home offices. I am also jealous of the super smart ladies that have kids and also built a business empire because I can’t even handle my own dog!

See you next week!


Our New Brand Ambassadors are…

On Wednesday we announced our new Brand Ambassadors! We are super excited to announce that @our.precious.memories, @zaynee.and.chloe  and @run_wild_riley will be our new Brand Ambassadors!

While we received an amazing response to our Brand Ambassador search in the last few weeks, it made it extremely hard to pick who would represent Suki McMaster!
Over the next 3 months you will be seeing more photos from these talented stylists on our social media and blog.

We can’t wait to share more with you!


End of Year Sales – Ends Tonight!
We’re offering up to 50% off selected products. It’s not often we have such a massive sale, so if you have had your eye on something now is the time to snap it up!

AfterPay is 
offered at checkout! Simply receive your items and then make 4 easy fortnightly repayments!

Don’t miss out!


Australia Day! Friday 26th January 2018
We are open! Our shop at South Melbourne Market will be open on Australia Day from 8am to 5pm so pop on down and say hello! We may even just have a surprise for you!

School Holidays Food Fun
@thehappyorganicgirlau shared a delicious creation made famous by Kelloggs Corn Flakes and enjoyed by thousands of kids around Australia each year. 

* 90g butter or margarine
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1 tablespoon honey
* 4 cups Kellogg’s® Corn Flakes


1. Preheat oven to 150°C.
2. Line 24 hole patty pan with paper cases.
3. Melt butter, sugar and honey together in a saucepan until frothy.
4. Add Kellogg’s® Corn Flakes and mix well.
5. Working quickly spoon into paper patty cases.
6. Bake in a slow oven 150°C for 10 minutes.
7. Cool.

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Have an incredible week!






Go Green

We’re very excited to see the Victorian government is finally going to ban single-use plastic bags in Victoria. A lot of countries around the world have stopped using plastic bags for some time, and I am glad that we’re finally doing it here in Melbourne.


In 2018 we decided to change the direction of our business slightly. We want to be more responsible for the environment. We may not be a super hero, we just don’t want to be part of the problem. As you know a lot of our products are printed here in our own studio in Melbourne. We have also worked hard to successfully minimise waste when producing our products also. Our baby swaddles and blankets are printed on organic cotton and bamboo, which is environmental friendly.

In 2018 we have decided to take it a step further, we’re changing the packaging of our products to recycled paper – items such as paper boxes and paper bags. We are making bamboo and plant based fibre coffee cups and children’s dining sets. We’re also planning to print our greeting cards and envelopes on recycled paper and remove the plastic sleeves the cards come in. I am still thinking how to display the greeting cards nicely on the stand, but I am sure I will get there.

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I am extremely passionate about protecting the environment. I feel guilty when I see photos of sea turtles or birds that have died because of our selfish waste of food, plastics, clothing etc. I know my little actions may not change the world, but I believe if we all work together we still have time to help bring about change.

Suki x