Tell us a little about yourself?
I consider myself pretty social, love dogs and absolutely love drinking coffee. I live locally, and when I am not socializing, I am at home gardening or making lip balms. I live with my boyfriend and little baby – Tonka, our 38kg boxer dog. I work full time for a cause I am passionate about – helping others. So I love a diary full, not blank is what I am saying. If it is blank that would signify an emergency and I would fill it up immediately. (Usually to boyfriends despair!)
How did you come up with your business name?
My friends and family call me Bellalu, Bella or Bells, so it really is just who I am.
Tell us how your product/range came about?
I purchased a gritty lip balm so decided to make a range that ticked the following boxes
1. Must smell yummy
2. Must be smooth on lips
3. Must have heaps of flavours to choose from
4. Must have simple ingredients so customers know what they are putting on their lips (how many long words are on ingredient lists that you can’t pronounce these days!)
5. Must be priced well – hence my market package deals
6. Must last on lips
7. Must come packaged in adorable boxes and gift tags
8. Must include a button (just because I am a button collector)
How long have you been in business for?
Just going 12 months – yippee
What inspires you?
Walking around markets, traveling and listening to other people’s stories.
Have you always been ‘crafty’ or has it bloomed later in life?
Yes. I couldn’t imagine myself not being able to express myself creatively. Both my Nan and mother are fantastic at sewing, cross-stitch and tatting. I can recall going to craft sessions at the local sewing store and doing my first market aged 12. I’ve always inspired to own my own business. I even made and sold gum nut magnets in primary school to buy a pair of Doc Martins! Determined I guess.
When you are not busy creating what do you love doing?
I love going out for coffee, spending time on the family farm, walking my dog and shopping. Did I mention walking around markets? I have to admit, sometimes I drag my boyfriend around them, but they are such a happy place to be. I am in my element being surrounded my crafty, talented people.
What is something cool that most people wouldn’t know about you?
I have a Scuba Diving Licence.
If money were no object what would be your dream destination?
New York. It’s definitely on my to do list.
What are you reading right now?
A Biography called ALEK. It’s about Alek Wek a South Sudanese British Model and how she was discovered.
What is your favorite website(s) ?
Bellalu, facebook, Frankie, eBay, Trip Advisor and Piccadilly of course.