It is lovely to have Theresa, from Gorgeous Gift Boutique, join me for a chat on my blog.
Theresa started her business when she was on maternity leave in 2012. She has a beautiful daughter, Millie, age 4.
I first came across Gorgeous Gift Boutique eighteen months ago, we had not long moved into our house and I was looking for name plaques for the girls bedroom doors. My brother and I had them when we were little and I really loved it.
I could choose my own colours, plus the whole look of them and when they arrived I loved them instantly.
Anyway, lets find out more about Theresa…
1 – What is the one thing you love most about being a mum?
The thing I love most about being a mum is all the lovely time I spend with my little girl Millie. Now she is 4, she is so chatty and always calls me her best friend…that is the nicest feeling in the world.
2 – It can be a bit overwhelming becoming a parent, were you given any good advice before Millie arrived?
Yes, it’s very overwhelming but the best advice I had was to take everything day by day. Get settled into a good routine and be organised, this really helps to feel in control as it’s very easy to let things get on top of you. I also strongly believe that things can wait, like cleaning and washing etc, I always make time to get down on the floor and play whatever my little girl wants me to. She has such an imagination and these years are so precious, you can never get this time back so the cleaning can wait until she is in bed.
3 – You started Gorgeous Gift Boutique four years ago, when you were on maternity leave. Where did the idea come from?
When I had just had MIllie, I did what I’m sure others mums do and I started to look for things to buy with her name on. I could never really find exactly what I was looking for, so I decided to make my own. I posted a picture of it on Facebook and had lots of comments, so this gave me the idea to set up my own business. I started making door name plaques and then began to make lots of other items. I then set up my own Facebook business page and it all went from there! I have always been quite crafty and love making things so I really enjoy making something different and personalised for people. I love it when customers contact me to say how happy they are with my plaques and I have now made thousands over the last few years.
4 – As well as being a mummy and running your business, you also work part time at the hospital. How do you find the time to do both and be a mummy?
It’s been hard! I have also studied for the job that I have in the hospital and completed a diploma. It has been a tough few years, but I have learnt to manage my time well. I’m lucky that I only work two weekdays, so I have lots of time to spend with Millie. I take her to nursery and we then spend lots of time together in the afternoons. We meet up with other mummy friends and have lots of play dates! I tend to do my painting in the evening when Millie is in bed but, I do love it so I find it very therapeutic.
5 – Where would like to see yourself and your business in the future?
I would love for my business to grow and grow and I am always planning new Items to make so that everything is fresh. I have recently started to sell my items on Amazon which is growing from strength to strength! The main thing for me is enjoying what I do and making sure that the personal touch is never taken away…maybe in a few years Millie will be helping and painting with her Mummy!
6 – For anyone reading this that are thinking about starting their own small business, what are your top tips?
My top tips would be to do lots of research and do something that you enjoy! It makes it more like a hobby that you are lucky enough to earn some extra income from and finally be unique!
Thank you Theresa, some great advice and I look forward to watching your business grow and grow.
You can find Gorgeous Gift Boutique over on Facebook and Instagram, why not head over and take a look.
Theresa is very kindly giving one of you a chance to win one of her gorgeous name plaques. You can have any name and design.
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