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Meet Member No: 100513446
Clare from Raggedy Lils
Hi, my name is Clare Nicholls and I run ‘Raggedy Lils’, a handcrafted home décor business. I specialise in making shabby chic and vintage style items for the home, all hand made by myself in my individual style.
I have always been interested in arts and crafts, I studied Art and Design as well as Craft, Design and Technology at A-Level. My inspiration for ‘Raggedy Lils’ came from my first creation, a rag wreath made from scraps of material and a wire coat hanger for Christmas for my home.
At that time I was a single parent looking to find employment that was flexible to fit in around family life with 2 children. Looking at paid employment was proving unsuccessful and after studying Business Studies and other courses with the Open University I was ready to do something other than motherhood! A friend and volunteer from Home Start, Pearl Rees, had suggested I made and sold my wreaths and so ‘Raggedy Lils’ was born, named after the use of rags and scraps of fabric and after my daughter Lilly-Mae.
The items I make are individual and one off decorative pieces created and inspired by up cycled materials and decorations I use. I still make the rag wreaths, but also now make wall art and cushions (now I have conquered my fear of a sewing machine!) There’s nothing better than the feeling I get selling one of my pieces, as I enjoy making them so much and it’s a complement when it’s appreciated by another household.
Setting up a business for me was proof that I can be more than just a mum and now I can show my children that hard work and dedication are important in life. Even as a single parent, with careful time management it is possible to run a successful business. I would say the first steps to becoming an entrepreneur would be a unique and marketable product that is financially viable, registration with the correct government bodies and lots of networking and advertising to get your name out there.
‘Raggedy Lils’ is still in its infancy and I am sure there are lots out there that I need to learn. It is all made worthwhile when I receive interest and compliments I receive from fellow crafters and businesses.
Here is my website - http://raggedylils.weebly.com/
My items can also be purchased here - http://www.wowthankyou.co.uk/raggedy-lils
And here - http://mummymakers.co.uk/raggedylils/
You can follow me here - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raggedy-Lils/516810261697409?ref=hl
And here - https://twitter.com/RaggedyLils
And here! - http://pinterest.com/raggedylils/boards/
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