Posted on July 25, 2012

Mumpreneur Feature & GIVEAWAY – Elaine

competiton/ giveaway/ Mum in Business

Elaine from A Little Bit of Hope is on the blog today; if you read right to the bottom you’ll be able to enter her fab little giveaway too 🙂

Who are you?
I’m Elaine, founder of online retailer www.alittlebitofhope.co.uk which is named after my daughter whose middle name is Hope. I also work part time as a Speech & Language Therapy Assistant.

What do you do?
I have set up an independent online business selling affordable gifts, home accessories, stationery and children’s items. I wanted to offer a mix of design led and more mainstream items to appeal to all occasions and budgets.

When did you establish your business?
April 2012

What made you start your own business?
I wanted to do something completely different from the ‘day job’ and I was also thinking about providing a positive role model for my daughter and to show her that anything is possible, even if it means taking a risk

What do you love about working for yourself?
Being in charge!

Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
It’s incredibly time consuming, far more than I had ever anticipated, and because I also work I end up with lots of very late nights!

Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
I am hoping to work more with local crafts people to have a dedicated ‘local & handmade’ section, I think I would have got that organised sooner

What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
Definitely go for it, I always think that even if things don’t work out the way you had hoped, at least you know you have tried, rather than looking back and wishing you had.

Elaine is also kindly giving away a Emma Bridgewater Hearts Address Book (above) to one of my lucky readers. To enter just complete the Rafflecopter below.

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93 Comments

  • Reply Charlotte Jones August 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I’d love the Juicy Lucy Fairy Treasure Tin for my daughter 🙂

  • Reply Carolina J. August 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Child’s Ladybird Bag is lovely.

  • Reply Deborah Bird August 7, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I like the emma bridgewater hearts memo block 🙂
    http://www.alittlebitofhope.co.uk/epages/es145506.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/es145506/Products/ST004

  • Reply DANIELLE VEDMORE August 7, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I particularly love the Nordic’ Wooden Photo Frame – very pretty. http://www.alittlebitofhope.co.uk/epages/es145506.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/es145506/Products/HO027 xoxo

  • Reply hannah rachel welsh August 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I love the Union Jack photophrame! The Olympics and Jubilee have made me silly amounts of patriotic!

    Hannah xxx

  • Reply Mum2Four August 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I love the Union Jack photo frame!

  • Reply Alison August 7, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I love the Juicy Lucy Fairy treasure tin

  • Reply Christine Mutter August 7, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I really like the slate coasters

  • Reply Ali Thorpe August 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I love the fairy cushion. It would make a charming addition to a little girl’s bedroom!

  • Reply Bec August 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I love the little triple hearts photo frame ❤

  • Reply Laura Godfrey August 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Great Competition to win a lovely Emma Bridgewater Hearts Address Book – what a great prize

  • Reply Stephanie Harrison August 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I particularly like the Handmade Fairtrade Spotty Raffia Bag

  • Reply Stephanie Harrison August 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    There are some great things on here

  • Reply Gemma Mills / Chamberlain August 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Noah’s ark wallclock – I have one 🙂

  • Reply Jen Schofield August 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    The raffia black & white union jack bags

  • Reply Paul Witney August 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Love the Emma Bridgewater Hard Back Flowers Address Book

  • Reply Maria Jane Knight August 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I really love the East of India Time to Drink Champagne and Dance on The Table Framed Print. Very quirky and fun!

  • Reply Iris August 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

    treasure tin!

  • Reply Deborah Wheeler August 7, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Handmade Raffia Bag with Heart Detail

  • Reply Ros Easton August 6, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Union Jack Black & White Raffia Bag

  • Reply Attachment Mummy August 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Love the child’s bumblee bee felt bag, very cute. Lots and lots of lovely products though!

  • Reply Rhoda K August 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I love the apps coasters!

  • Reply jennie jackson August 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    The union Jack photo frame

  • Reply Hazel Rush August 6, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Union jack handmade raffia bag

  • Reply Isabelle Smith August 6, 2012 at 3:44 am

    Little Birds Mobile :]

  • Reply Jenny Rogers August 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I like the Handmade Polka Dot Raffia Bags – I just love bags!

  • Reply Karen Barrett August 5, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I love the Social Butterfly Sign by Heaven Sends

  • Reply Helen August 4, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    The Pink Beaded Love Heart here (http://www.alittlebitofhope.co.uk/epages/es145506.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/es145506/Products/WE002) is gorgeous

  • Reply Becky John August 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Union Jack Photo Frame

  • Reply Helen Grayson August 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    The home sweet home magnetic letters 🙂

  • Reply Hazel Rea August 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    The fairy cushion is very sweet.

  • Reply kath v August 3, 2012 at 9:01 am

    the wooden heart frame is lovely

  • Reply Jo Bryan August 3, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Ooh what a gorgeous site, I love the Coa Hook by Heaven Sends
    http://www.alittlebitofhope.co.uk/epages/es145506.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/es145506/Products/HO019

  • Reply Julie Picton August 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Union Jack Photo Frame

  • Reply Boo Roo and Tigger Too August 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Home Sweet Home Magnetic Letters

  • Reply Kathryn Phillips ✩ August 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    i love the childs bumblebee bag x

  • Reply Hayley Fountain August 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I love the Wooden Multi Photo Frame by Heaven Sends x

  • Reply kelly August 1, 2012 at 9:08 am

    You have so many lovely products available. My son would love the Gruffalo book- he adores the gruffalo.

    I also noticed above on a post that your other job is SALT, my son has autism and motor and oral dyspraxia and attends a SALT school, im hoping to go into this field of work too as its so rewarding! well done on making such a difference 🙂

  • Reply Kelly Dutton July 31, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    The Child’s Ladybird Bag is really cute

  • Reply amy July 31, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    you have some really gorgeous items, i love the metal heart, the design is so pretty and the the fairy cushion with the toadstools! you have a great website 🙂

  • Reply Danielle Baker July 31, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I’ve just been looking at your beautiful website and I love all your wonderful pieces , they’re stunning.
    My absolute favourite is the Little Birds mobile as I know my baby would love it.

    I am also a great admirer of your other job as a Speech and Language therapist.
    My eldest daughter Keira , age 5 has been having speech therapy for a year now and I cannot praise the professionals enough .
    Keep up the good work , you really are a priceless part of your patients lives xxx

  • Reply Solange July 30, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    I love the triple wooden hearts frame.

  • Reply katrina walsh July 30, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I love the fairy cushion – the detail is wonderful!

  • Reply Caroline H July 29, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    What a lovely range of products – and affordable! I love the East of India Time to Drink Champagne and Dance on The Table Framed Print best. It sums up what I wish I had a little more time to do.

  • Reply jennifer thorpe July 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    the black and white union jack bags are lovely

  • Reply Ashleigh July 29, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    i love the Juicy Lucy Fairy Treasure Tin – my daughter would love it

  • Reply Jane Townson July 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I really like the ‘Nordic’ Wooden Photo Frame ‘Nordic’ Wooden Photo Frame

  • Reply laura banks July 29, 2012 at 9:02 am

    i like the union jack photo frame

  • Reply Maya Russell July 29, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I love the Home from Home magnetic letters.

  • Reply Emma J Lowe July 28, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    My favourite product is the Children’s Princess Castle Wall Clock

  • Reply Julie Davies July 28, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Love the fairy cushion

  • Reply JoJo July 28, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I love the triple wooden hearts frame.

  • Reply julie kenny July 28, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Grow Old With Me The Best Is Yet To Be sign is great xx

  • Reply vicky carter July 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Lovely products, I’ve shown my mum. She’s in love!

  • Reply Mickie Bull July 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Union Jack photo frame!

  • Reply Leanne Timmins July 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I love the Little Birds Mobile 🙂 cute site!

  • Reply Claire July 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I love the Little Birds mobile, so sweet! 🙂

  • Reply Paul Martin July 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    lovely iteams

  • Reply Victoria Boland July 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I like the Children’s Noah’s Ark Wall Clock

  • Reply Carolin July 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I love the Children’s Princess Castle Wall Clock

    @caro_mad

  • Reply Emma July 27, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    The fairy cushion to remind me that they DO exist.

  • Reply Elaine July 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you all so much for your kind comments, I really appreciate you taking the time to offer feedback. Good luck with the competition! 🙂

  • Reply valerie mccarthy July 27, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Dancing Fairy Lightshade
    Pink Light shade with pretty Dancing Fairy by RJB Stone

  • Reply Astrid James July 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    The Nordic Wooden frame with Heart Cut-out is lovely:)

  • Reply suan watts July 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Children’s Princess Castle Wall clock

  • Reply Aimee Ryan July 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    So many lovely things 🙂 I like the Child’s Ladybird Bag the best x

  • Reply Rachael G July 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I adore the “Grow Old With Me The Best Is Yet To Be” Sign

  • Reply lana leman July 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Child’s Bumblebee Bag

  • Reply Kim July 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I love the Nordic wooden photograph frame.

  • Reply Cassie Walsworth July 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I love them all, so pretty!

  • Reply Christina Field July 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Triple Wooden Photo frame

  • Reply Liz July 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    the Guffalo notebook is a favourite – we love everything Guffalo in this house!

  • Reply Emma Weaver July 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Wooden triple fold photo frame with heart cutout

  • Reply Allan Smith July 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    raffia bags with hearts

  • Reply Stephanie Tsang July 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I love the silver plated chain of hearts photo frame

  • Reply foz July 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I love the silver plated chain of hearts photo frame

  • Reply Sarah Lamb July 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I love your site! My favorite product is the Children’s Noah’s Ark Wall Clock, it tells a story as well as the time!

  • Reply Gill B July 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I love the Nordic Wooden frame with Heart Cut-out!

  • Reply Tracy Nixon July 27, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I love the Grow Old With Me The Best Is Yet To Be Sign!!!!

  • Reply Harpal Kaur July 27, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I love the i love you photo frame

  • Reply Dee July 27, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Its hard to chose anything as they are all lovely. I made handmade cards and love anything to do with crafts

  • Reply Erica Price July 27, 2012 at 6:53 am

    I love the slate coasters.

  • Reply Christina Marriott (@Chrissy4116) July 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Wooden triple fold photo frame with heart cutout. Lovely gifts xxxx

  • Reply Lisa Troccoli July 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I love lots but especially the raffia black & white union jack bags!

  • Reply Nikki Thomas July 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I love the child’s cupcake bag – its gorgeous!

  • Reply Kara July 26, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Miss Sonia – you are very naughty introducing me to this site, I am supposed to be saving pennies not spending them, I want it all, I really love all the photo frames, you can never have too many x

  • Reply Rebecca Taylor July 26, 2012 at 8:58 am

    All such beautiful products, wish I was talented like you! Love the photo frame.

  • Reply Rainie Bish July 26, 2012 at 7:53 am

    lots of really lovely stuff but my favourite is the Fairy Cushion http://www.alittlebitofhope.co.uk/epages/es145506.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/es145506/Products/CH018

  • Reply Heidi July 26, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Lots of gorgeous products but my favourite is the Union Jack photo frame x

  • Reply Gillian Holmes July 25, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Photo frame with Union Jack Design

  • Reply minimoki July 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Good luck Elaine! Lovely products.

  • Reply twopointfourchildren July 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I love the handmade raffia bags with hearts

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