Tea for Two :: Mabel interviews Nicole

January 09, 2018 2 Comments

Last year I had an order from a nearby country town for one of Mabel's linen throws.  And then 3 days later I had another order from the same country town for the very same linen throw.  Intrigued I was!  

The first order was from a lovely lady Nicole who has said some gorgeous things about Mabel previously, however over a course of a few emails (due to the intriguing mystery above) we got talking and as it turns out Nicole is a very clever lady.  Amongst other things, she can write.  Oh and not only write, but she creates stories.  There are writers and then there are storytellers and Nicole is a true storyteller. 

So we chatted and Nicole came up with the idea to create something for Mabel.  Very cleverly she created the inspiration behind Mabel's recent product launch, creating a gorgeous back story and really playing with Mabel and how she communicates with me and you guys.  I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I think is one of the main reasons so many of you fell in love with the new Mabel range.

Now Nicole and I were both pregnant last year and she (more sensibly than me) is having a good break after welcoming a new baby boy into her family.  However you can find some of her past thoughts over at her blog Write in the Midst.

Oh, and back to the intriguing double order?  Well, I'll let Nicole tell that story...  And so, here is Mabel's interview with Nicole Bowman from Bungendore NSW {Nicole was heavily pregnant when she sat down with Mabel but I can now excitedly reveal that they have welcomed little Spencer Maxwell into their family!  Welcome to the world little Spencer and congratulations Bowman family).



Where do you live and with who?  

I live in an old 1920’s weatherboard in the village of Bungendore, NSW, with my cricket-tragic husband and three energetic boys aged 5 and 2 and newborn Spencer. 


Which Oh Mabel lovely product calls your house home?  Who is the lucky soul who sleeps with Mabel?

I have both linen throws now (funny story about that): the mustard has pride of place on our bed and the blue is on one of our couches receiving a great deal of lounging activity for hiding from the boys reading under.


Favourite Mabel memory/moment? 

Yes, well, there is a bit of a funny story about a new washing machine being accidentally programmed to a high temperature and a new Mabel linen throw….and a somewhat sheepish husband...and a very pregnant wife…and said husband thinking he’d ruined the throw and secretly ordering another to make up for it…only to find the original ironed out perfectly fine. But now I have one in each colour and I’m not giving them back!


What do you currently have on your bedside table?

Anything I put on there is taken off by my toddler, so at this time I have an empty vase. Let’s just pretend I’m a minimalist.


What are you currently reading in bed?

I’m an avid fiction and non-fiction reader. Usually it’s fiction for bed time reading. In saying that, if I start a book I sort of just keep reading it until its done - I have no self-control. So I’ve just finished a crime novel series by Joy Ellis and am on the hunt for a new series – suggestions gratefully accepted.

Bed time tunes?

No bed time noise allowed! I’m not kidding, everyone hush now!

Favourite breakfast eat in bed? 

For that matter, last time you got to eat breakfast in bed?! Uuuuummmm… Most mornings I get woken by a two year old, who has shuffled down the hallway, still in his sleeping bag, putting his face into mine and imploring me to “coooome on Mummy, breakfast!”

Do you have a special textile or pattern that holds a special memory for you?  

I have a terrible old plaid shirt in the back of the cupboard I just haven’t been able to throw away. My Mum died suddenly when I was a teenager and it was the last thing I remember talking her into buying for me. It is holey and genuinely hideous, and I can’t believe she bought it for me – but it remains all the same.


If you could choose anything in the whole wide world:

What would you spend your days doing as a career?

Oh, who knows! I fall in love with new things all the time - I write business concepts for fun (for real, it’s a sickness). I will say, I am learning that simple living, working in home/garden, as well as having a steady stream of madcap ideas seems to suit me better than anything I’ve ever done. So I’m getting pretty close to my ideal now I think.

Where would you live?

Once a kiwi kid, always a kiwi kid. Rolling green hills and rugged coastline are in my blood! But I do love our cosy little village life here too, and the fact our neighbours swap us eggs and flowers and the children over the fence play here. So maybe if I could transplant our village here to the Kapiti Coast…

Who would you get to cook for you every day?

My husband makes a mean curry – can I just get someone to clean the kitchen after he cooks though?

What special talent do you wish you could have?

Is patience a talent?


If you could go back and give your teenager self some advice, what would you say?

Don’t beat yourself up for not being especially good at something – being a curious learner and trying lots of new things is a special gift too! Also, it is OK to win the ‘Divinity’ Prize at some stage in high school – wildly unpopular perhaps, but OK.



Need any major life advice from Mabel?  Ask away!

How do you stop a fancy washing machine from taking on a life of it’s own?


Top sheet/no top sheet?  Top sheet for sure.

Make your bed every morning?  It makes me feel so much better to look in a room with a made bed, so I do try to make a little daily effort. That said, pregnant, two little boys…

Sleep on left side or right side? Currently on the right, but it’s more about being closest to the door (and not having to whack a thigh on the bed getting up in the middle of the night).

Usual Bedtime? Er, this is slightly embarrassing – when I start to doze off on the couch, which is currently at some point between 8:30 and 9:30pm

Night owl or Early riser? Pre-children, early (out of choice). Post children, early (out of lack of choice!)



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