We know that Tots100 bloggers are a talented and inspirational collection of writers who often have an entrepreneurial spirit and here at Tots100 we want to celebrate those bloggers. Therefore we recently launched a new feature #Blogger in Business to showcase and celebrate creative bloggers who have started businesses. It was a really popular addition to our regular posts and we are ploughing through everyone to ensure that they are featured. It was especially lovely to read your comments and feel the support being given to Helen in her new venture. If you are blogger that makes and sells products we would love to promote you and showcase your creative talents. If you fit the bill email me at Emma@fleaenterprises.com and I will be in touch.
The second blogger to be featured in this series is Hannah Wing who blogs at Mummy & the Beasties. Hannah takes the most stunning photographs and has been blogging since 2011. She has three children and like many Hannah states ‘we are always striving to find the right balance for our family and provide the best possible future for our precious boys and baby girl. We have big ideas and dream lots and slowly but surely, things are beginning to come to something. I believe you can do anything that you set your mind to it’ That certainly seems true with her new venture which we asked her all about.
What is it that you create / make?
We design prints and at the moment offer illustrated and foil designs alongside popular quotes. We are currently expanding our designs and have some ideas for products other than prints, that we hope to introduce in the coming months.
How long does it take and where did you learn how to do it?
There are various stages from getting the inspiration to developing the print idea. Standard prints are fairly straight forward once they have been designed by ourselves and printed. The foil prints take a little longer, as care needs to be taken with these to make sure that the finish is spotless. As my husband is a designer, he has been able to give me a crash course on all things Adobe and I’m still learning everyday.
What inspired you and any advice for other bloggers with an idea or skill that they want to develop?
A few years back, my husband and I were racking our brains for a business idea. At that time, we were very much clueless about what we wanted to do, but we just knew that we wanted to create a business of some kind. My husband is very creative but at the time wasn’t working in a creative field, so in his spare time he designed for fun and taught himself to become very skilled at Photoshop and Illustrator. He started designing images for my blog and then rebuilding my site, to helping out other bloggers too. Then our lightbulb moment happened, we would design prints. It’s taken us a few years to get here and we’ve produced three children along the way!
My advice would be to use your contacts as a blogger to see what competition is out there and utilise the social media skills you have picked up along the way. That’s going to be your best friend. If you’re creative and are driven then with a little determination you can achieve what you set out to do. Just stay positive, work hard and make it happen.
Where can we buy your product?
You can buy our prints directly from our website at Strawberry Umbrella