Sunday, 11 March 2007

HERE ARE MY WARES

This is what I do for a little pocket money. I sell a range of handmade children's accessories called ella and kate. The business came about two years ago when I saw some beautiful bows on US ebay. I figured that I could probably make something similar for my girls. So I bought myself some great ribbons from one of my favourite fabric stores in Melbourne, Darn Cheap, and made up a few. I started to notice that everywhere we went I heard whispers behind me "look at those ribbons". I realised then I needed to do something with these. It took me quite a bit of time to trial different constructions until I finally found upon something I was happy to sell.

Since that time I have sold over 1000 pairs of ribbons. I love my business. I make every pair unique and love putting the colours together. I have always loved watching the new season fashions come in and now I can follow it all even more closely. I sell to two retailers and have done a couple of market nights and fundraisers. I also have a considerable personal business. Girls who love these ribbons, really love them. I am now looking at doing "showings" with another girlfriend in our customer's houses. Ella's uniform shop also stocks them - a hit with the preps.
I love matching ribbons to special outfits. These ribbons were to match some fabric Jo sent me. Ooh those colours.


As you can see my girls love to wear them too. But I am waiting for the day when the decide they are too old for them. I guess I will move onto something else when that time comes. Until then...












PS. I am having new labels designed by Marianne from applehead. I will do a post when they arrive. So excited.

4 comments:

mariannealice said...

So am I! By the way, had quite a few comments on Rose's bows that she wears to school and they aren't even her school colours yet! I'm sure I'll have a few new clients for you once she starts sporting the school colour ones ( maybe I'd better have a word to the girls in the uniform shop....)

Violet & Rose said...

And I can vouch 100% for Tamara's gorgeous bows. If I wasn't so "old" I would be wearing them myself!

ingrid said...

Oh wow, Tamara. These are just gorgeous! I am a bow lover as well and have in the past bougt from US ebay. Now I can just get them from you instead!

ingrid said...

Me again. Now where can I get them pretty please? Can you email me? I would love to have few custom sets to match some things I am making for Lottielulu.
ingrid.taylor@optusnet.com.au