What started as a thoughtful gift led one creative mum-of-two to her business idea.
If ever there was a reason to finally embark on that craft project you have been threatening to do for 3 years, this is it. For those of you who like to ‘make’ this is a fabulous example of how one crafter grew her good idea into a thriving business (and for those who don’t, it’s next Christmas and mum’s birthday sorted. You’re welcome) Analisa left behind a career in magazines after the increasing popularity of her hand-decorated letters encouraged her to take the leap and launch Love Letters by Analisa.
She juggles this along with raising two children and all her reviews on Etsy say she is efficient, professional and generally really nice to deal with. We like this girl. Here is a peek into her typical day:
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Analisa, I’m 41 and have lived in London my whole life. I’m married to Bridge and we have two children Scarlett, 4 and Harrison 2.5. Whist on maternity leave from my job in advertising with Harrison, I started making decorated initials as birthday gifts for friends and family, I got a lot of encouragement to keep going and loved making them, so I decided to take the plunge and make a go of it full-time and handed in my notice at work.
“Harrison naps so I try to get as much done in those two hours in terms of physically making product and packing them to post out”
What three things can you not survive the day without?
- Phone – I can run pretty much my whole business from my iPhone – other than physically make products it does everything else!
- Coffee – Before kids, it was all green tea, litres of water on my desk and no caffeine, fast forward 4 years and it’s lots of coffee and green tea and water when I remember!
- My lovely mum – From home-cooked meals and emergency babysitting when I have a surge of orders that need turning around quickly, to being my Financial Guru for all my accounting needs.
Phew! Makes me want to go and make something beautiful and drink a vat of coffee. If you like the sound of Analisa’s love letters then check out her Etsy store here.