Elise norton, Teacup Nethies. 

I am a mother of three children, aged from 1yr to 8yrs old. I have loved sewing and arts and crafts from a young age, always the creative hands-on person who is quick to help anyone in need. I love working with animals, whether I’m working with or around rescues, or simply caring for my own pets. Just visit my home, it is easy to see my love for animals and obsession for sewing. Combining these passions made it the perfect job for me. Thus Teacup Nethies absorbent bedding and accessories was born. An eco friendly option that’s also friendly to the hip pocket. Building my business has also allowed a healthy work and family life balance.

When did you start your business?

We began Teacupnethies in 2017 however closed it down when I became very sick while pregnant with my son. It was during this time we looked at better ways of improvement and reopened in 2019

What was the inspiration behind starting this business?

While I was pregnant I needed a healthier less smell way of cleaning my rabbit cages. Something that was quick and pretty. I have sewn since I was little so after some trials and errors the absorbent bedding was created and grew to include accessories 

What are you most excited about in your business?

Helping pet owners understand there is a healthier option for them and their pets one that dose not impact the environment. Something they can put a little of themselves in but customising to suit the cage, likes or theme. Plus I get to play in fabric all day creating and sewing a passion I love and doing it all for the small pets I adore. 

What has been the most challenging thing about starting your business? 

The most challenging thing I found was getting your name out there, changing mind sets that you must uses woodshaving or puppy pads. But also supplies, fleece is not a popular fabric here in Australia due to our warmer weather so finding Australian suppliers of fleece was a tricky one. 

What advice would you give to other women thinking about starting a business?

Research your industry, not just other players in the market. Remember why you are doing your business. It’s ok to be different and it’s ok to ask for help. 

Why did you enter the AusMumpreneur Awards?

I entered ausmumpreneur awards as a peeked interest of what are they all about, finding they cover a large range of categories along with keeping it fun and inclusive. 

What did you enjoy the most about being part of the awards?

The community, the overwhelming support from other women in business all

Willing to help you grow. 

What surprised you most about the awards?

Just how big they really are. But big names who also love being apart and wanting to help you. Answer your questions give amazing advice. 

How did the awards help you in your business?

The pr has been amazing when people see your part of a trusted awards they then feel for trusting in your brand. It also opens new doors to more exciting opportunities.

What advice would you give to other mums thinking about entering the awards?

Do it! You have nothing to lose just everything to gain. A support network of amazing mums and new friendships. 

What has been the best thing about starting your own business?

Freedom, it’s provided the life style we wanted for our family, the flexibility of being your own boss. 

What’s happening next in your business?

We are expanding our pre made areas for those who wish to order from items already made, and just looking to what comes our way. Go with the flow. 

What are your big plans for the future?

We would love to hire more seamstresses, expand into trade shows. And just keep growing. 

What is your website and/or social media links (eg. Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram)


Facebook and Insta are both Teacupnethies