I am delighted to have Lindsey, from Pretty Plaques by Lindsey, join me for a chat on my blog.
Lindsey started making her gorgeous plaques nearly two years and they are all lovingly made by hand. Lindsey is a mummy to Holly, age 7 and Thomas, age 3.
What is the one thing you love most about being a mum?
The love that I feel for my two children and the feeling of being so needed by them. All I ever wanted was to be a mum, so I feel very lucky to have two gorgeous children.
When your son arrived, did you do anything differently the second time around?
With Holly, I read all the different books and techniques (she was an awful sleeper). I ended up getting myself all worked up because I felt I was doing something wrong…instead of just doing what worked for us. I worried I wasn’t doing the right thing by letting her sleep in our bed or giving her baby porridge at 5 months old.
With Thomas, I didn’t read a single baby book! My hubby and I took the approach that whatever worked and kept us ALL happy was the way we wanted to parent. I remember being much less tired with Thomas, even though he wasn’t a great sleeper either. He still gets in our bed every night!
You started Pretty Plaques by Lindsey nearly two years ago, what made you decide to make that first plaque?
I’ve always been creative and enjoyed making things. I used to make cards on my Facebook page to start with but it never really took off. I happened to come across supplies to make a ‘home sweet home’ plaque on eBay and thought….Oooh…. I could do that! I made one using a sample pot of Dulux paint, some gel pens and added a few buttons. I posted a pic on my Facebook profile and a few friends asked me to make one for them. It just took off from there, although I proper cringe when I look at my early work!
Running Pretty Plaques by Lindsey is not your only job, you also work part time in the NHS. How do you find the time to do both and be a mummy?
For me it’s all about balance and priorities. I only ever do my plaque work in the evening when the kids are in bed. I work 3 days for the NHS in pharmacy and I enjoy that as it allows me to carry on the profession I’ve had for nearly 12 years. I get to use my brain and gives me adult interaction.
I have 2 days off in the week with Thomas and when he starts school full time in September, I plan on dedicating those 2 days to my creative work. I love it. It’s hard work and I am now one of those people that quite often works until 11.30pm most evenings. With the extra bit of money I make, it means I can say yes to extra dance lessons for Holly or take Thomas to swimming lessons.
Where would like to see yourself and your business in two years time?
In two years time I would like to see my business the same really! I have plenty of orders and I just hope I continue to be as successful! I’d love to be able to do more of my own designs that are ready to buy. Most of my work is for commissions and I love doing those, but I’d love to actually do more of my own ideas. I also run another page called Rainbow Resins supplying resin flowers and cabochons for other crafters. This is the business I really want to expand, as there is a great need for variety and good value craft supplies. I enjoy making up beautiful craft mixes for others and seeing what they do with them!
For any parents reading this that are thinking about starting their own small business, what are your top tips?
My top tips for starting a small business is to be nice and make friends with people that already do similar things to what you plan on doing! In fact, the whole craft community on Facebook are incredibly important to my happiness and success. We all support each other and help each other network and share our work. Its great and I’ve made some amazing friends!
The other tip I’d say is concentrate on your photographs, make them bright and clear. Be yourself on your page, let your audience get to know you and your life. Sometimes the thing that attracts me most to other business pages is the personality behind the craft and talent!
Thank you Lindsey, some great tips! You can find Pretty Plaques by Lindsey over on Facebook and Instagram, why not head over and take a look.