Following my win there was a dramatic increase in Twitter followers! Previous #SBS winners have been very supportive and I've connected with some great like minded businesses. My website stats shot up and the business has been given some great new opportunities.
I started Bluebelle Create in 2009. After graduating with a degree in Textile Art, I went on to qualify as a secondary school art and design teacher. Following the birth of my second child I decided the time was right to put my creative skills to good use and start a business which I would not only enjoy but would enable me to continue to be a stay at home mum.
The business was started on eBay and quickly become one of the biggest sellers of hand painted personalised gift and signature plates on the UK site. Following this success the Bluebelle Create website was launched in August 2010 featuring all my favourite products with new ones being added all the time. Due to the growth of the website I was able to finally close my eBay shop in early 2012 and focus on making Bluebelle Create bigger and better than ever.
I see Bluebelle Create as a platform for all my art and design ideas and I feel very lucky that people think highly enough of my products to give them as keepsakes for their most special occasions.
Know your stengths...and weaknesses
Be prepared to work long hours, being self employed is not easy!