Posted on May 21, 2014

New Business Mum – Danielle

competiton/ giveaway/ Mumpreneur

The very lovely Danielle from Ella Bella Scarves is on the blog this morning, she’s here to tell us all about herself and her business so please make her feel welcome.

You can also find Danielle on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

At the end of the post you’ll find a lovely give-away too xx

Who are you?

I’m Danielle, a wife and mum of one three year old daughter. I work 4 days a week as a software tester as well as run Ella Bella Scarves.

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What do you do?

I handpick beautiful, fashionable, fun and funky scarves which I love and sell them through my online shop www.ellabellascarves.com It’s more than just selling scarves for me though; I have built up a real relationship with my customer base through my Facebook page www.facebook.com/ellabellascarves which I love. I thrive on delivering first-class customer service and ensuring my customers are delighted with their scarves!

When did you establish your business?

October 2013

imageWhat made you start your own business?

I had returned to work after maternity leave, and was struggling. I suffered PND and realised that as much as I loved being a wife and mummy, as well as being back at work, there was little “Danielle” left over at the end of each day. I realised I needed to create a space in my life that was all mine, to remind myself that I was still a person in my own right!

I was inspired by a fellow mum-preneur friend who ran her own online business selling jewellery. She fitted it around being a SAHM and had a real passion for it. “Id like me some of that!” I thought! I have always been a scarf-o-holic, so I tentatively set up my Facebook page, bought a few scarves and put myself out there… and I sold out immediately! I was so warmly received, and continue to have a really close relationship with my customers – I am always willing to help and enjoy sharing little snippets of my life with them via my Facebook page.

I have found that space in my life I needed – I am so passionate about Ella Bella Scarves!

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What do you love about working for yourself?

I can fit Ella Bella Scarves around me and my life. My family always come first, and running my own business means I can fit it around my other priorities.

I love that I am constantly learning and stretching myself. I am also able to really let my creativity loose and enjoy coming up with new promotions or campaigns or styles – Ive even done a few video tutorials! I’m not someone who likes myself in photos, and I’ve had to conquer that to be able to photograph and video myself in my scarves!

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Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?

When something goes wrong – and it does! – it upsets you so much more because it’s your baby. My husband would say that he dislikes the fact that I never switch myself off from Ella Bella Scarves – I’m always thinking about it, checking in on my page, looking at new designs, thinking of new directions – at all times of the day and night!

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Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?

No – because it’s all been part of a journey, and I’ve learned so much. The lessons I’ve learned along the way (and continue to learn!) have bought me to where I am now, and I think make me offer an even better service and drive me forward.

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What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?

Be passionate, and be brave. You have to take a leap of faith sometimes, and push yourself out of your comfort zone a little to take you to where you want to be. Also, try to be disciplined about the time you spend on your business, set aside set times perhaps and always remember to keep family #1!

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Danielle is kindly giving away one of her scarves to one of my lucky readers! The winner can choose a scarf of their choose (subject to availability) all you need to do is complete the rafflecopter below 🙂

Good luck xxx

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173 Comments

  • Reply Natalie Crossan June 3, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    neon butterflies one 🙂

  • Reply Barefoot Mahala June 3, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Love the black scarf with the roses – it would match my new floral DMs so well!

  • Reply Heidi June 3, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    So many gorgeous scarves to choose from but my favourite is Beautiful Bugs. I love the colours 🙂

  • Reply Dawn Totton June 3, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    The Owls one is my favourite – http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/owls-in-love

  • Reply Joanna Sawka June 3, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I’d like the Pink Chevron

  • Reply susan willshee June 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    really difficult to choose but I think my favourite it ‘Lillies’

  • Reply Carol Bevitt June 3, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I love them all, but especially the Pastel Dragonflies Grey.

    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/pastel-dragonflies-grey

  • Reply MARY HOCKENHULL June 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    it has to be the grey cats scarf as I have three of my own little darlings
    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/grey-cats
    Thank you!

  • Reply Samantha J Freeman June 3, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Toadstools (but it says sold out 🙁 so I would choose Beautiful Bugs instead

  • Reply Tracy Sinclair June 3, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    They’re all lovely but I would choose the red Mini Owls one, thankyou http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/mini-owls

  • Reply Caroline James June 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    It’s a hard choice, but I’d choose the pink chevron.

  • Reply laura avery June 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

    This is lovely http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/spring-swallows

  • Reply clare d June 3, 2014 at 10:40 am

    wow there so many nice ones i love the diamonte skull one or the blue skull one though 🙂 X

  • Reply Maria Jane Knight June 3, 2014 at 9:38 am

    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/lillies

  • Reply Emily Knight June 3, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I love the penguins!

  • Reply Kerry Pool June 3, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Tough one! I love the bug one, all the skulls but would probably go for the starburst grey

  • Reply Lani Nash June 2, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    This one is gorgeous! I love all things green 🙂 http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/spring-swallows

  • Reply Mark Palmer June 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    birds on a wire

  • Reply Lisa evans June 2, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    The bug/beetle scarf is gorgeous! They are all very pretty x

  • Reply Sarah McArthur June 2, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I love the navy scarf with the swallows

  • Reply Michaela Palmer June 2, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I love the Sketched Birds scarf <3 so pretty!

  • Reply Hannah Smith June 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I would choose: http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/navy-swallows

  • Reply Antonia Rookley June 2, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I adore Spring Swallows x

  • Reply Jane Middleton June 2, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Blossom and Birds

  • Reply cherie shaw June 2, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I love the Cute Foxes one 🙂

  • Reply Sammy Sugden June 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Toadstools

  • Reply Kim Mulcahy June 2, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I love the pink chevron & we call our daughter Ella Bella!!

  • Reply Emily Jayne Phipps June 2, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Summer sequins is fab. That would make even a vest a shorts look glam! Love it.

  • Reply conrad edwards June 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    grey cats for my wife

  • Reply Kat Allinson June 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Either Grey and pink stars, or birds on a wire

  • Reply Rhiannon June 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I love the Pretty Peonies scarf! great job. x

  • Reply Felicity Kelly June 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Birds on a wire x

  • Reply Amanda E June 2, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I like the Navy swallows and the Umberella’s

  • Reply barbara madden June 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    love the rose one its my favourite BUT they are all nice designs i would consider

  • Reply Heather Walsh June 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I would choose Blossom and Birds.

  • Reply Tina Holmes June 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Love this one or the mushroom one they are all so pretty – http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/starburst-grey

  • Reply Sarah Rees June 1, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Summer sequins is lovely

  • Reply Clint Howat June 1, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Simply lovely pink

  • Reply Karen Barrett June 1, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Love Abstract Leaves http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/abstract-leaves1

  • Reply Katherine Coldicott June 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    I’d choose the Umbrellas scarf.

  • Reply Belinda June 1, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I would choose Spring Swallows

  • Reply Steph Meakin June 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I’m really liking the simply lovely dusky pink 🙂

  • Reply Helen Belton June 1, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/spring-swallows …it is a lovely colour 🙂

  • Reply Nadia Stanbridge June 1, 2014 at 12:19 am

    I love the purple “lilies” scarf …. Gorgeous pattern and colours.

  • Reply Patricia Avery May 31, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Some beautiful scarves but as an owlaholic I have to say ‘Owls in Love’ is my favourite 🙂

  • Reply YOLANDA DAVIS May 31, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    The starburst grey is my favourite; http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/starburst-grey

  • Reply Amy Beckett May 31, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    The scarves are really well priced would love the Candy Skull one

  • Reply Catriona Pavey May 31, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Deer Family

  • Reply Joanne McDonald May 29, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Beautiful bugs

  • Reply Celeste F May 29, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I remember seeing these scarves at a fair in London. So many to choose from!

  • Reply Alexandra Mercer (Life of mummy) May 29, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Birds on a wire

  • Reply rebecca mills May 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Simply lovely pink

  • Reply Isabel O'Brien May 29, 2014 at 6:06 am

    I would choose pretty peonies, it’s lovely.

  • Reply lyn May 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    They are all lovely and Im a sucker for a scarf but if I had to choose I would go with Spring Swallows

  • Reply thebeesleybuzz May 27, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I love the pastel dragonflies grey one (rebecca beesley)

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Rebecca! I’s so pleased you do! Thanks for entering x

  • Reply Emma Nixon May 27, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    SIMPLY LOVELY DUSKY PINK

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Hi Emma! I LOVE this one, in fact I’m wearing it today! 🙂 Thanks for entering x

  • Reply Jackie ONeill May 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Summer Sequins http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/summer-sequins

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Thanks for entering, Jackie! Summer Sequins is gorgeous! x

  • Reply jodie harvey May 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    love the Diamante Skulls 🙂 http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/diamante-skulls

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Hi Jodie oooh it’s a really cool scarf that one! Good luck and thanks for entering! x

  • Reply Sarah Wyatt May 27, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Birds on a wire I think, but they all look great!

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Good choice, Sarah, I have one of those 🙂 Thanks for entering! x

  • Reply Tammy Tudor May 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    the gorgeous umbrellas design

    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/umbrellas

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Tammy I have that one too! 🙂 I wear it when it rains, so that’s a lot at the moment!! Thanks for entering x

  • Reply Hannah Ingham May 27, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    The Umbrellas one is beautiful!

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Hannah as Ive just replied to Tammy, I wear my Umbrellas scarf all the time at the moment! 🙂 Thanks for entering x

  • Reply Kat Lucas May 27, 2014 at 2:32 am

    I would choose this black scarf
    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/crinkled-black

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Oooh a very classy choice Kat! Thanks for entering and good luck! x

  • Reply jackie chapman May 27, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Love the pastel dragonflies

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Good luck Jackie and thanks for entering! x

  • Reply Tracy Newton May 26, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Loving the chevron scarf. It would go with a vast amount of my wardrobe.

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      The chevron has been so popular! Good luck and thanks for entering! x

  • Reply Kelly Finn May 26, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Bicycles! http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/bicycles

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      A great choice 🙂 thanks for entering and good luck x

  • Reply michelle bennett May 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    ooh the purple crinkle

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Michelle I love this simple purple scarf – great choice! Thanks for entering x

  • Reply lorraine polley May 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    love the perky penguins

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Lorraine that has been such a popular one, it’s so cheerful! 🙂 Thanks for entering x

  • Reply kim neville May 26, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Owls in love is gorgeous

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Kim good luck and thanks for entering! x

  • Reply Jill Webb May 25, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    PERKY PENGUINS great fun

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Good luck Jill and thanks for entering! x

  • Reply Val Swift May 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I love the Owls in Love

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      It is lovely Val – good luck! x

  • Reply Suzanne May 25, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Deer family is lovely.

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      That’s one of my newest Suzanne! Thanks for entering x

  • Reply Jessica Wilde May 25, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I love them all… Really like the neon butterflies, but my absolute favourite (cute design, and good versatile colour way) is the deer family… http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/deer-family

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      That’s one of my newest designs Jessica! Good luck and thanks for entering x

  • Reply Debbie Louise Davies May 25, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    The Umbrella scarf is my favourite xx

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Debbie I am wearing my Umbrellas scarf a lot at the moment with all this rain! Good luck and thanks for entering! x

  • Reply Anthony Harrington May 25, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I know my Daughter would love purple crinkle

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Aw that’s so sweet, good luck Anthony and thanks for entering! x

  • Reply winnie May 25, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    cute foxes 🙂

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Winnie that’s a really popular one! Thanks for entering x

  • Reply Caroline H May 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    So many lovely designs I haven’t seen before but I would choose the Deer Family.

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Caroline that is one of my newest designs! Thanks for entering x

  • Reply Jennifer May 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I love the one with dragonflies

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks for entering Jennifer – good luck! x

  • Reply Laura Pinnell May 25, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I adore the diamante skull scarf!!

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      That is a very lovely scarf Laura – good luck! x

  • Reply lorna Kennedy May 25, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/spring-swallows for my mum 🙂 x

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Laura that one is so lovely! I gave one to my sis and she wears it all the time 🙂 Good luck and thanks for entering! x

  • Reply Barbara Handley May 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/summer-sequins. Love sequins.

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Barbara – great choice! Good luck! x

  • Reply suan watts May 25, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    French Leaves please

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Hi! Thanks for entering and good luck! x

  • Reply Victoria May 25, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    The dragonfly one is lovely!

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Good luck Victoria! x

  • Reply Gemma Jordan May 25, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Grey and pink stars

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Gemma I love that one 🙂 Thanks for entering and good luck x

  • Reply Lynne Durkin May 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Think i’d go for the Grey & Pink Stars 🙂

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      As I said above, I love that one! Good luck! x

  • Reply Lesley Stevens May 25, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I would have to choose the french leaves scarf – it looks gorgeous x

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Lesley – good luck and thanks for entering! x

  • Reply maureen findley May 25, 2014 at 11:54 am

    the lillies

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Maureen that’s a really classy one – good luck! x

  • Reply Heather Haigh May 25, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Owls in Love.

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Good luck Heather! x

  • Reply Rebecca Hall May 25, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Spring swallows – Tis gorgeous!

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      It is Rebecca! 🙂 Good luck! x

  • Reply susan gough May 25, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Winter Butterflies is lovely

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      One of my bestsellers, that Susan! Thanks for entering and good luck! x

  • Reply katie skeoch May 25, 2014 at 11:01 am

    The Deer Family is my favourite x

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Katie that’s one of my newest designs! Thanks for entering and good luck x

  • Reply Sam Swain May 25, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I love the simply lovely grey

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Oh that’s such a nice one Sam! Good luck! x

  • Reply Elizabeth (Liz) Briggs May 25, 2014 at 10:05 am

    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/chevron Would love the Chevron one 🙂

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Ah that is very popular! Good luck! x

  • Reply Elaine Savage May 25, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I LOVE the mix of colours on this one http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/french-leaves

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Good luck Elaine! x

  • Reply Richard Randall May 25, 2014 at 10:01 am

    DIAMANTÉ SKULLS for Mrs.R.

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Aww that’s so nice of you! Good luck! x

  • Reply Karen Lloyd May 25, 2014 at 9:56 am

    That was difficult but it would have to be toadstools.

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Karen that’s a personal favourite of mine! Good luck! x

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Good luck! x

  • Reply Kris May 25, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Hard to choose, they are all so lovely. But i think it would have to be the swallow one 🙂

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Kris – great choice! 🙂 good luck x

  • Reply Donna R May 25, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I really like the Abstract Leaves – beautiful!

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Aw thanks Donna! Good luck! x

  • Reply Kathryn Davies May 25, 2014 at 9:35 am

    penguins

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Good luck Kathryn! x

  • Reply Ashleigh Allan May 25, 2014 at 9:17 am

    the lillies one – beautiful!

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      Ashleigh – thanks for entering and good luck! x

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Good luck Clair and thanks for entering! x

  • Reply nicola clarkson May 24, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    New neon butterflies, its lovely

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Nicola thanks for entering! Good luck 🙂 x

  • Reply Gillian Holmes May 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    SPRING SWALLOWS

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      A great choice Gillian! Good luck! x

  • Reply The Mummy Diary May 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I love the cute foxes scarf 🙂

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      It’s a very popular one 🙂 Good luck! x

  • Reply Hazel Hulson May 23, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I love Pretty peonies great scarfs lovely designs!

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Aw thanks Hazel! Good luck, thanks for entering! x

  • Reply Marissa Coltman (Little Rascal Reviews) May 23, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Pastel Dragonflies Grey or Navy Swallows – lovely & such good value too!

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Aw thanks Marissa! Good luck 🙂 x

  • Reply Hazel Christopher May 22, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/spring-swallows I love this one! 🙂 X

    • Reply Danielle May 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Hazel great choice! Good luck 🙂 x

  • Reply Alison Turnnidge May 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Lovely scarves, but love the New Neon Butterflies

  • Reply Laura F May 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

    They re all lovely but I would go for perky penguins.

  • Reply melanie stirling May 21, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    So difficult to choose,there are a few I like! I would pick the Deer Family I think.

  • Reply Jayne T May 21, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    These are all so lovely, my favourite is the BEAUTIFUL BUGS.

  • Reply Julia Plant May 21, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Beautiful bugs

  • Reply Jen aka The Mad House May 21, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Dear family. Really good price for a nice scarf

  • Reply Lucy Bishop May 21, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I would choose the perky penguins one as a gift for my lovely mum!
    http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/perky-penguins

  • Reply Liam Bishop May 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I think my wife would like the Swallows one!

  • Reply kim plant May 21, 2014 at 10:42 am

    lve the chevron xx

  • Reply Tracy Nixon May 21, 2014 at 10:01 am

    OMG How can I choose because there are so many designs I would choose! But I think I might go for the grey cats as I love cats! http://www.ellabellascarves.bigcartel.com/product/grey-cats Thank you!

  • Reply Gemma Yapp May 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Wow lovely scarfs I love the bug one (can you tell I’ve got a little boy!)

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