VIDEO: Mel spices up baby accessories for mums
WHEN Mel Spicer found out her best friend was pregnant with twins, she got her sewing machine out and started crafting.
Three years later, those hours spent sewing have blossomed into a full-time business with a loyal online and market following.
"It just sort of expanded," Mel said.
"The support has been overwhelming."
Mel said Sugar and Spice Creations was all about catering to the needs of mums and bubs.
Through the business, she offers everything from bibs and reusable wipes to fully customised pram coverings and travel change-mats in a range of funky, on-trend fabrics.
"It's about the mums, it's not about the kids," Mel said.
"They don't know what they're wearing or what they're sitting in, so you may as well have it in your style.
"It's a lot of money to spend on a baby; you want to make sure you like what you've got."
But Mel said Sugar and Spice wasn't always about accessories.
She said the business started with clothing, something she gave up once she saw how overcrowded the market was.
Instead, she chose to corner a niche area, using her best friend, other mums, Facebook and Pinterest for inspiration.
One essential element of Sugar and Spice is the fabric range Mel uses to create each product.
"I tend to buy what I like, but I will get fabric in if someone requests it," she said.
"If it's popular I will try and get it, but I don't like to go with the mainstream too much."
Mel said she loved the freedom of being her own boss, after quitting her government job to pursue business full-time.
"I knew the business needed my full-time commitment, or not," she said.
"In my mind, I knew it would work because I had the dedication."
Find Mel each month at The Handmade Expo Markets at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.