Today, I’m welcoming a very creative, talented pair of business mums onto the Design Diva pages. Hopefully they can inspire you with their story, and if nothing else you treat yourself to a pair of those Superhero sets!
What are your names? Gerry Rennie and Bryony Lunn
How many children and old are they? We have 5 boys in 2 families between the ages of 3 and 9
What is the name of your business? Knitted Swimsuit
What is your business and when did you start it?
We create handmade children’s dressing up clothes and accessories for creative play.
What was the inspiration behind your business?
A local school celebrated its centenary and we were asked to make Victorian mobcaps and aprons…we made 15 and the rest is history. Well in fact, they were history…
Can you share 3 positive aspects about being a business mum?
We can squeeze it in around the other things that make our slots of time oddly shaped. We have great fun thinking up new ideas and for both of us sewing has always been our happy place and now we get to do it a lot more.
You often work the late, late shift.
How do you keep motivated?
We bounce of each other and we are enjoying becoming part of a creative community. We do tend to have the opposite problem that we are very motivated by Knitted Swimsuit and not very motivated by the domestic goddess chores.
Would you change anything you’ve done in building and developing your business?
Be realistic with your pricing from early on. Many people don’t always understand that it can take a long, long time to do what you do. So don’t under sell yourself.
What tips would you give anyone wanting to start their own design/craft/interiors business?
Pick something you love and at some point during the process makes you smile at what you have done. Find a way of sharing your process and ideas with others. Apparently women use between 20,000 to 30,000 communications every day. If you don’t let them out you might have to start talking to your sewing machine. Use Etsy teams, Facebook, make contacts at craft fairs and occasionally chat to people at bus stops or in the queue at M&S. It helps to keep the creative juices flowing.
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