This week I’m delighted to have Anita from Anita Rose Designs in Creative corner. I absolutely adore her aprons which I first saw on twitter. She has a great eye for pattern and colour. So read on to discover more about her and her work.
1. Introduce yourself.
Hello there I’m Anita. I live in the pretty Ye Olde city of York, after many addresses and many towns I am now settled. Having found a passion for sewing but I have always enjoyed making things. I use sewing as a way to distract me from living with Multiple Sclerosis.
2. Tell us a bit about your Anita Rose Designs.
I love using fun fabrics to make the mundane into something fun, an apron in the kitchen should reflect your personality as well as being functional.
People love to find something special and I love providing that service.
3. What made you start your own business?
I was encouraged by friends to start a business so I could work from home and with the help of a friend Anita Rose Designs was born. Its a big step from making things for friends and family to selling them to the public but my friends and family were supportive and it still amazes me to see my business grow and grow. My shop will 2 years old on the 8th October and goes from strength to strength.
4. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?
I wanted a sewing machine for my 40th (4 years ago now eek) and taught myself. My Mum always sewed when I was younger making our clothes and costumes for Halloween and I wished I could be as good but never really took it up. As life got in the way (marriage, 3 kids,divorce, new partner,1 kid) I never found the time but turning 40 is often a turning point in life so I was determined to learn to sew as I had always wanted to.
5. Explain your creative process.
Organised Chaos perhaps! I have notebooks with sketches and designs of new things I want to try. I’m also inspired by fabrics, sometimes you just see a pattern and I just know what I want to do with it. Friends and family also provide inspiration and ideas so I channel them and see what I can do with these ideas. I even have a notebook by my bed as it is amazing how many ideas pop into your head while your trying to doze!
6. Describe your typical day.
No day is started without first putting the kettle on. While I have my 2 cups of tea I will catch up on emails, post on FB, Instagram and answer comments etc. Then once Spotify is booming in the background I get to the sewing table. Some days are spent cutting out and others then sewing. Custom orders are also done in the morning. While eating my lunch I will source fabrics and other items needed. Afternoons will be spent listing, photographing and admin tasks as well as the run to the post office. Evenings I try to relax and spend time with my children but a couple of nights I catch up with other creative peeps on Twitter and FB and join in creative and networking hours.
7. What’s your biggest seller?
I would have to say aprons, I have found people love a fun, bright apron especially as a gift. I often get requests for a custom aprons as people love something special.
8. What have been the high and low points of running your own business?
Lowest is the first year when sales are slow and you feel like you are invisible, your working hard but thinking is it worth it? The highest is having people ask you to make something for them, they have faith in you that you will make them something special for a loved one and then to get a heartfelt thanks makes you feel on top of the world.
9. What would be your top tips for running your own creative business?
1. Please dont think it will happen overnight and keep going you are good enough.
2.Networking is vital, its an online business so you must have an online presence.
3.Use social media to meet other creative peeps, the support, inspiration as well as fun I find are invaluable.
10. What are your aspirations?
What started as a hobby really has turned into a real business so I want to keep growing. I have lots of new ideas and lines to add so I am excited about that. I want to see my business grow and hopefully inspire my children so they can see hard work pays off.
11. Where can we find you?
For your chance to win a Kitchen utensil apron, enter the rafflecopter competition below.
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One Kitchen utensil Apron from Anita Rose Designs – no monetary exchange available
The contest will close Midnight Tuesday 14th November
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Creative corner - Anita Rose Designs
Creative corner interview series. This week meet and look at the work of Anita Rose Designs. Plus a great giveaway.
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