Small Business Spotlight: Love From Poppy Designs

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Today I have the lovely Beverley over at Love From Poppy Designs.

1) Tell us a little about you, who is the person behind the shop?

Hi, I am Bev, a 34 year old mum of two little Edwards’.  Poppy is 6 and Chester is 4.  My husband and I both have our very own mini me’s.  I grew up in Northampton before travelling and eventually settling up in the North West after a move prompted by my husband’s job.  Before I had children I worked as a beauty therapist and later an office manager.  I love my job now, and the fact I can work around the children makes it the best type of job I could’ve hoped for.

2) What does your store sell?

My shop is relatively new and I sell Leather Travelers Notebooks and plan to add accessories and all of the elements that create a functional, pretty and useful planner.  The covers are made from very high quality leather and are handmade and tooled from start to finish.  Every aspect of the creative process is done by me and it is a process I love and take the care and attention to ensure only the highest quality products leave my workshop.

3) Is there an item which you have made that you have loved above all others?

It’s hard to pick one product because I love them all! If I had to pick my favourite would have to be the A6 traveler’s notebook.  I love the size and how although it is compact, there is still so much room to write everything you need to.

4) What is your most popular seller?

My most popular seller is the Pocket Wide TN.  I think Pocket size is very popular at the moment as printables and inserts are becoming more readily available thanks to the fabulous designers such as AnniePlans and Homemade Kraft.  It is also a brilliant portable size but with the addition of my pockets it makes it a lovely every day carry.

5) What inspired your shop name?

My shop name was inspired by my daughter! When I was in the first few months of being a new mum, I knew I didn’t want to work outside of the home again if I could help it.  I bought a sewing machine and used old clothes as material and taught myself to sew.  I made lots of items, just for me really and to use in my baby changing bag.  People started to ask me to make them bits too and it really went from there.  The Love From part was my way of making it seem like a gift was arriving every time somebody bought something.  Poppy was my inspiration for learning this new craft so it made sense for me to add her name instead of my own.  I do get messages sometimes where people call me Poppy and it makes me smile.

6) What planner do you use?

The planner I use at the moment is one of my own, an A6 yellow TN and I am in love!! I call it my brain and everything goes into it, new ideas, plans for the future, regular planning for the family schedules and notes and lists galore!  I use Annie Plans A6 sized inserts and growing up goddess daily pages.

7) What is your planning style?

My planning style is pretty much ‘on the go’.  I will sit down on Sunday evening and begin the groundwork, of putting down things I know that will be happening that week, swimming for my daughter, preschool for my son etc.  Then I check it every day and write down my ‘to do’s’ for that day.  Any future plans I have go on a post it ready to be moved over to the next booklet if it isn’t already in there.  I use minimal decoration and functional stickers only.  I do love memory keeping in my journal so I save my creative stickers and washi for that one.

8) What are your social media channels?

My Instagram is @lovefrompoppydesign and I have a Facebook page which is also Love from Poppy Designs.  I am planning on opening a group so everyone can see new products and interact and gather inspiration from each other within the TN community.  It’s on the very long list of things to do 😉

9)What is your planner ‘unicorn’?

My unicorn planner is not so much the planner, but the inserts! My unicorn planner is the one I have now.  But insert peace is something I have struggled with for a while.  I have however been very happy in my Annie Plans monthly booklets so I think I’m pretty much there.

10) What is the link to your shop?

My shop is LoveFromPoppyDesigns and please come over and take a peek.  I am going to be adding more and more to it over the coming months and it would be great for you to join the journey!

 

Thank you for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

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Small Business Spotlight: FabPlannerPrint

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Today I have the lovely Toni from FabPlannerPrint.
1) Tell us a little about you, who is the person behind the shop?


Hi, I’m Toni, I’m a mummy to one very active and cheeky 21 month old. I’m from Mid Wales, and absolutely love the area. I’m getting married this year to my amazing partner (he can tell the difference between a Filofax and a Kikki K, and a TN a keeper for sure) so exciting, my family knows me well as they bought me a purple A5 Malden as an engagement present to plan the wedding.  I’ve always loved planners I think my first was a filofax at the age of 13, I used to doodle all over it but it was primarily to record my nail polish collection. I’d have lots of little swatches and the names and carry it around so I didn’t buy the same polish twice.

I’ve always been creative, art and craft. I studied art throughout school and went to college and completed a fashion and clothing construction course so fabric holds a special place in my heart. Maybe I’ll do something with fabric in the shop at some point.

I started the shop to have something for me, going from working full-time to being a stay at home Mum was a shock to the system, I’m also quite shy meeting people so an online shop is perfect for me.  I never thought I’d actually sell anything and now I still can’t believe I am. I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve had in the last 8 months. I’ve made some fab friends and met so many lovely people along the way. My design team has been amazingly supportive.  I’ve been overwhelmed by how lovely the planner community is.
2) What does your store sell?


Stickers, lots of stickers. You can never have enough, right? My focus is on kits, weekly and monthly for a whole range of planners. I also do custom orders for inserts and dividers but I’m hoping to get my dividers and page markers in the shop soon.


3) Is there an item which you have made that you have loved above all others?

It’s got to be my original boho themed kits. It’s the kit in the shop that is the most ‘me’. I originally made it in the personal and happy planner size but have added to the collection now as it’s been so popular. It was the first kit I made and I love it. I’ve used it so many times in my own planners, I don’t think I’ll ever get board of it.
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4) What is your most popular seller?
Ohhh there are a couple that are neck and neck, the boho mentioned above and the night sky kits are old favourites. The newer Vintage Tea party kit has been a hit. 



5) What inspired your shop name?

I’m so awful at picking names, I called on my Mum to help and she came up with FabPlannerPrint. If you knew me you’d be able to tell why in a few minutes. Everything is fab! I say it all the time. The plan originally was to offer printable items hence the print part. I’ve moved to printed stickers but still love the name.

6) What planner do you use?

Ok, you can’t have too many planners can you?
A personal planner (I change the planner quite a lot) I use this as my handbag (really a changing bag, I can’t wait to have a handbag again) planner.
A classic Happy Planner as my home planner.
A5 purple Malden is my wedding planner.
A Websters TN rose Gold as my business planner.
A mini Happy Planner is for my other business
I also have a ECLP, an A5, and am on the hunt for a large Happy Planner as I use them for the shop to do layouts and kit tests. I may also sneak some personal planning bits in them as well, can’t let those stickers go to waste.

7) What is your planning style?

It changes constantly, there has been so many life changes over the last couple of years that it needs to be updated all the time. That’s part of the fun for me as well. I always have some decoration but I love functional box stickers, washi strips any thing that will help me pack as much info  on the page as I can.

8) What are your social media channels? 

 
My shop Facebook group, lots of exclusive offers here as well as ooops sale packs and where you can get your hands on a loyalty card.

Facebook page

Twitter
@FabPlannerPrint

9) What is your planner ‘unicorn’

I have my unicorn! My partner picked me a personal Aqua Malden  a few years ago and it remains my favourite. I just love everything about it.

10) What is the link to your shop.

FabPlannerPrint

 

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Thanks for reading.
The Stationery Geekette x

Small Business Spotlight: Little Dragon Jewellery

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Hey Everyone.

Well I have a bit of a change to my schedule. Every Tuesday I will now be posting what is referred to as Small Business Spotlight. In this post I will feature Etsy shops and other small businesses. It will highlight what they sell and introduce you to the face behind the wonderful stores.

This week we have the beautiful Fiona Littlewood from Little Dragon Jewellery.

I’m Fiona!
I’ve been married for 10 years, have two kids (a boy and a girl) and am moving house in the next few weeks!
I trained as a florist and worked in the trade for over 15 years, one of my favourite things to do were the bespoke funeral tributes I made a Harley Davidson from flowers for a bikers funeral once. I also really enjoyed doing small-scale wire work for weddings.
I started the business after I had the kids and was on maternity leave as we moved 100 miles, leaving me with no job to go back to!

I make jewellery, planner goods and crochet/knitting notions. Mainly from polymer clay and wire. Every item is made by hand, by me. I love making creatures. I think my unicorns have probably been the best sellers in the last two years, but my ultimate favourite are the dragons. Any size, any colour, any item can have a dragon.


My shop is named after the year I was born! It was the chinese year of the dragon, but several family members had also been born in previous dragon years making me the Little Dragon.
My shop logo was designed by a lovely graphic artist who used a dragon necklace I had made as the basis for it, I still have the necklace as I never listed it for sale after the initial drawings!
I currently use a Websters pages in caramel for my daily planner this has everybody’s work/school schedule (shifts, trips, clubs etc) on the monthly pages and the week to view has checklists for daily reminders and to do notes. The inserts were made by Kirsty at Just so and they are wonderful! I think I may have planning peace in this one!

My business planner is a Pear Saffino. It was my second ever Filofax and it is sooooo beautiful! I use a diary in this one to block out my work week into times for making, networking and so on. I also have sections for ‘want to make’ ideas which seems to have become an endless list, business developement ideas, current orders, notions and creature club (two pre-order ‘clubs that I run through my Etsy shop, I name a theme and people purchase the items before I make them. I can offer a discount on these items as making more at the same time makes it more time efficient) and a running stock list. Its my business brain!

I have found since having the kids that I’ve usually got so much going on that if I don’t write it down, I will probably forget about it. The act of writing it sets it in my memory, which is why having a planner works so much better than the electronic equivalent for me.

I don’t really have a unicorn planner, I’m really happy with the planners I have. I would love to try a TN of some description Uglydori’s are amazing, and a couple of the other leather makers I’ve seen have been beautiful. I currently also use a Lyradori for all things ‘house’ (we’re moving soon, so it’s got packing lists and new colour schemes in, amongst other things) and I have a purple Filofax Flex that I’ve modified with elastic that I use for tracking crochet projects and my yarn stash.
You can find me all over social media now. I started out on twitter and gradually added others. Now I tend to use twitter the least, and Facebook and Instagram the most,

www.littledragonjewellery.com

www.littledragonjeweller.etsy.com

www.fb.com/littledragonjewellery

www.twitter.com/dragonjewellery

www.instagram.com/littledragonjewellery

Thanks for reading and tune in next week for the next Small Business Spotlight.

The Stationer Geekette x