Saturday, April 16, 2011

So.... blogging aye?

Now I'm not going to pretend to know the first thing about blogging. I've never been an avid blog reader, nor have I ever blogged before! So please bear with me as I clumsily fumble my way through the process of learning how to write a blog. My aim is to not only bring you latest news about Little Wildrose, but also for you to get to know a little bit about me, my life, things that inspire me...... and all the other dribble I'll no doubt find to chat about along the way.

I thought I'd start the blog with how Little Wildrose started and became what it is today. I had always wanted to be a stay at home mum and after the birth of our daughter my husband was very supportive of my desire to be home with her and forego childcare. Having a newborn was challenging and kept me very busy but after a year or so, whilst I was pregnant with our second baby I started to get niggling thoughts about needing something else - something besides being a mum to challenge me and give me something to do that was just for me... basically I needed a hobby! So I bought myself the cheapest sewing machine I could find and started learning how to use it ($120 on sale at Spotlight, thank you very much!). I'd only ever used one once before in Home Ec at school, so mum came over and gave me a refresher in sewing and taught me how to thread the bobbin and change the needle. I found a free tutorial on making fabric covered notebooks online and made myself one, it was pretty addictive and soon I had a few made. I opened up my Facebook page under the name of "Little Wildrose" and started selling them through there.

Pretty soon just doing covers wasn't enough so I dabbled in other crafty goods including dolls, kids shoes/boots and home decor items. I then tried my hand at making a clutch. The first one I made was nothing to write home about, but I really enjoyed making it so after tweaking the pattern about a thousand times and experimenting with different interfacing and batting I finally came up with a design that I was happy with that had a nice feel in the hand. I started on my first collection and was overwhelmed by it's success, I was sold out completely within hours and had an inbox full of custom order requests.... I knew I must have found my calling!

With the April Collection release approaching, I'm extremely busy but loving every minute of it. I'm constantly trying to think outside the box to bring my customers something new, fun and unique and I hope you enjoy seeing and reading about my venture!

I'll leave you with a picture of my first ever clutch made from the original pattern with ugly super pointy corners and everything... try not to laugh too hard!

Okay I can't do it... I can't leave you with that picture in your mind it's too cruel! Here is my latest one "Tatiana". Enjoy!


  1. Wow you got good quick!!!!

  2. Congratulations on your venture Janine!

  3. Thanks girls!! xx It's all just a little bit exciting!