Posted on August 1, 2011

Mumpreneur Feature – Tamsin ***Giveaway CLOSED***

competiton/ giveaway/ Mum in Business

The lovely Tamsin from Tamsin’s Toys in on the blog this morning to tell you all about herself and her business and she also has a fab giveaway for you which can be found at the bottom of the post! Thanks for your time Tamsin x

Who are you?
I’m Tamsin Morris, I live in Cheadle which is in South Manchester/Cheshire.  I have two little boys aged 2 and a half and 8 months. 

What do you do?  When did you establish your business?  What made you start your own business?
I have recently founded my own business ‘Tamsin’s Toys’ selling a range of hand-sewn bandana bibs, comforters, bunting, quilts and scarves.  I use vintage & repurposed fabrics, where possible, and mix these with statement and designer fabrics to create a look which is unique and stylish as well as environmentally aware.  Just like you and your child!


I’m actually a Solicitor specialising in Medical Law but when I had my first son I was unable to work flexibly and was unwilling to go back to work full-time.   I think this is a dilemma which a lot of highly-qualified professional women find themselves facing.  A high-flying career is not always compatible with family life and, for me, my children had to come first.  However, I still wanted to combine looking after my children full-time with something else which kept my brain active.  I became a Governor in a local Primary School, which is a role I really enjoy but I wanted to do something creative as well.

I’d always been really interested in fashion and clothes and started sewing toys and clothes for my little boy and friend’s children.  These attracted admiring comments from friends and relatives and soon I was being asked to make things for other people.  Things just grew from there and in March this year I decided to try and make a proper business of my sewing.


Tamsin’s Toys is still very much in its infancy but I am really proud of what I have achieved in a short space of time.  I have designed and set up my own website www.tamsinstoys.com, secured 4 retail stockists in the South Manchester area,  attended craft fairs and baby events and am continually designing and creating new products.  Everything is, at present, sewn by me and I love the creative energy and the satisfaction of seeing children wearing or enjoying something which I’ve made. 

I think what sets Tamsin’s Toys products apart is that I use patterns and fabrics that are not always used in kid’s products – such as repurposed denim or funky colours (not just following the babies like garish colours mantra) as I think parents like their children to reflect their own personal style and, setting the current colour blocking trend aside, not many adults wear bright yellow, red, green etc at the same time!  I think my products are stylish and contemporary yet bring traditional values of handcrafting and attention to detail that are not present in mass produced products.  I am conscious that we are still in difficult economic times but I have found that parents are happy to buy something beautiful for their children which is supporting the local community and is not too damaging to the environment. 


There is a real trend towards ‘make do and mend’ and all things crafty.  My products re-use existing fabric and turn them into something new and durable.  I create lovely memory quilts – using treasured baby clothes that have been outgrown and incorporating them into a quilt that the child can use and treasure as they grow (and make mummy forever go ‘ahhhhhhh, I remember when you were tiny and wore that’!)


I source a lot of my vintage fabrics from charity shops so when you buy a Tamsin’s Toys product you are also helping to support local charities.

What do you love about working for yourself?
I love working for myself and having the freedom to decide in which direction my business should head.  After the world of corporate law firms it is certainly refreshing to be able to wear what I want to work and I feel that I can express my personality far better.  Without a doubt, the best thing is that I can work primarily from home and fit my hours around my children.  I sew when they’re napping and at the weekends and have one child-free day a week when they’re at nursery.  My husband is also very supportive of my business and without that I don’t think I could do it.  I also take my 8 month old along to meetings with stockists too.  As they’re primarily baby boutiques they don’t mind him playing on the shop floor whilst we discuss business!

Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
In some ways I miss the (reasonably) regular hours of office life and also the office banter and lunchtime shopping and lunches.  Haring up the stairs to sew for half an hour while my baby naps, still with his lunch in my hair, is a long way from the glamour of Chancery Lane! Of course, there have been financial implications of my leaving my career in law as well.

Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
It’s still very early days but I’m happy with how everything has gone so far.  I’ve always been someone who has a very positive outlook, so if an event or product hasn’t worked out quite how I expected I try to see what i can learn from it and move on.

What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
My main piece of advice would be to utilise your contacts, be it friends or family.  I have received donations of vintage fabric and clothes, my friends’ children did a modelling session for me, another friend proof-read my website, an accountant friend helped me with costings, a lawyer friend looked into relevant legislation for me.  I am lucky to have such lovely friends and family – but I’ve found that people have enjoyed being involved and I’ve certainly needed their support and encouragement.

Also, plan your business thoroughly before launching it.  I spent a while tweaking and refining products to be confident I could fulfil orders and ensure customer satisfaction before I started properly.  That said, I’m constantly evolving the business and the products I offer!

Tamzin is offering one of my readers a fab prize consisting of a matching bib and comforter for your child.  The bandana bibs (RRP Β£6.50) are super-cute as well as practical.  Perfect for both babies and toddlers and boys or girls, one size fits all children up to the age of around 30 months (have you ever noticed how those chubby baby necks slim down as baby turns into a toddler?!).  They are made in cotton and backed in super-soft anti-pil fleece and fasten with a press-stud.  They have been designed to be comfortable for baby to wear and also easy for you to care for.  All Tamsin’s Toys products and machine washable and designed to be quick drying.  The Patchwork & Ribbon Comforter (RRP Β£11.50) is hand sewn, backed with fleece and surrounded by gorgeous ribbons.  They are a super-stylish way to stimulate your child’s senses and to provide comforter.  Using one of the ribbons they can be attached to the straps of your stroller so that baby can snuggle on the go.  Remember, every Tamsin’s Toys product is unique and the winner will be contacted by Tamsin to discuss your requirements.  Different colourways are available for boys and girls and Tamsin has a large range of designs in stock.

How to Enter-
ο»ΏYou can do all of the actions below or just 1 of them but please make sure you leave a separate comment for each action you take or your entries will not be valid & please make sure you leave a way of contacting you either email or twitter, Thank you x
  • Follow my blog via Google Friends
  • Like Me on Facebook http://facebook.com/mummyloves
  • Subscribe to my blog via email (left hand column – 4th box down x)
  • Follow me on Twitter @SoniaThorpe
  • Follow Tamsin On twitter @tamsinstoys
  • Like Tamsin’s Toys on Facebook
  • Tweet the following “I’d like to win a bib & comforter set in @SoniaThorpe blog giveaway at http://thismummyloves.blogspot.com
Good luck! UK entries only please. The winner will be drawn by random.org on August 14th 2011 x

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100 Comments

  • Reply Anonymous August 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Hiya ,
    I'd love to enter this lovely competition!
    I follow you on Twitter , I'm @TheDizzyMama .

  • Reply love_from_mummy August 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    And I tweeted too! x

  • Reply love_from_mummy August 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Liked Tamsin's Toys on facebook

    Page called Dear Beautiful Boy

  • Reply love_from_mummy August 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    following tamsinstoys on twitter

    @love_from_mummy

  • Reply love_from_mummy August 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Following you on twitter:

    love_from_mummy

  • Reply love_from_mummy August 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Subscribed at looby_boo@yahoo.co.uk

  • Reply love_from_mummy August 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I've liked you on facebook

    Page called Dear Beautiful Boy

  • Reply love_from_mummy August 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Followed you on GFC

    hydrangea&sweetpea

  • Reply somethingblue_2 August 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I follow you on twitter πŸ™‚ x

  • Reply somethingblue_2 August 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I like your page on facebook x

  • Reply somethingblue_2 August 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I follow your blog via GFC x

  • Reply somethingblue_2 August 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I have tweeted πŸ™‚ x

  • Reply victoria2322 August 13, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I've tweeted πŸ™‚

    @VictoriaJayne23

  • Reply victoria2322 August 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I've liked Tamsin's toys on fb

    @VictoriaJayne23

  • Reply victoria2322 August 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    already follow you on twitter

    @VictoriaJayne23

  • Reply victoria2322 August 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I am now follow you via email
    @VictoriaJayne23

  • Reply victoria2322 August 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I already like you on facebook πŸ™‚
    @VictoriaJayne23

  • Reply victoria2322 August 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I already follow your blog

    @VictoriaJayne23

  • Reply Star Bakery August 10, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    And like your page on Facebook too! Can't believe I hadn't already… πŸ™‚

  • Reply Star Bakery August 10, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Oooh, lovely bibs! I've tweeted πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lisa Cooney August 10, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Have tweeted this too X

  • Reply Fun House August 9, 2011 at 8:39 am

    and i have tweeted the message lol @jessws2011

  • Reply Fun House August 9, 2011 at 8:38 am

    following tamsin toys on facebook too @jessws2011

  • Reply Fun House August 9, 2011 at 8:37 am

    following tamsin on twitter @jessws2011

  • Reply Fun House August 9, 2011 at 8:36 am

    following on facebook @jessws2011

  • Reply Fun House August 9, 2011 at 8:36 am

    following you on twitter @jessws2012

  • Reply Fun House August 9, 2011 at 8:35 am

    following on google

  • Reply Snowfairy August 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I like you on FB
    @snowfairie

  • Reply Bloggomy August 8, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I like Tamsin Toys on FB (Louise Strachan) @Bobbity666

  • Reply Bloggomy August 8, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I follow Mummy Loves on FB as Louise Strachan @Bobbity666

  • Reply Bloggomy August 8, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I have tweeted the comp slogan as @Bobbity666

  • Reply Bloggomy August 8, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I follow @tamsintoys as @Bobbity666

  • Reply Bloggomy August 8, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I follow you on Twitter as @Bobbity666

  • Reply Bloggomy August 8, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I follow your blog @Bobbity666

  • Reply mummy24 August 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    i am following @tamsinstoys
    on twitter as @ashlallan

  • Reply mummy24 August 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    i have tweeted as @ashlallan

  • Reply mummy24 August 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    i follow you on twitter as @ashlallan

  • Reply mummy24 August 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    i am subscribed by email

  • Reply mummy24 August 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    i follow with gfc

  • Reply Amy Whyley August 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Oooo its drawn on my birthday am following and about to tweet

  • Reply Angela August 4, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I follow you on twitter

    @daisyangel1

  • Reply Angela August 4, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I have tweeted too
    @daisyangel1

  • Reply Angela August 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I'm following Tamsin Toys on Twitter

    @daisyangel1

  • Reply Angela August 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Following your blog via GFC

    @daisyangel1

  • Reply Nina August 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Liked tamsin toys on Facebook πŸ™‚ @ninafrost

  • Reply Cheryll August 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Tweeted your giveaway πŸ™‚ @pipersky1

    While I'm here, just wanted to say your comforters look amazing – I really hope to win one but if not I suspect I may be along to buy one for my great-niece who is due in September πŸ™‚ Thanks for the fab giveaway πŸ™‚

  • Reply Cheryll August 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Liked Tamsins Toys on Facebook πŸ™‚ @pipersky1

  • Reply Cheryll August 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Following @tamsinstoys on Twitter πŸ™‚ @pipersky1

  • Reply Cheryll August 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Already a follower on Twitter πŸ™‚ @pipersky1

  • Reply Cheryll August 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Already subscribe to your blog πŸ™‚ @pipersky1

  • Reply Cheryll August 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Already like on Facebook πŸ™‚ @pipersky1

  • Reply Cheryll August 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Already follow on GFC πŸ™‚ @pipersky1

  • Reply Kanga_Rue August 3, 2011 at 10:02 am

    And of course I already follow you on Twitter!

    @Kanga_Rue πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kanga_Rue August 3, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I have Tweeted πŸ™‚

    @Kanga_Rue

  • Reply Kanga_Rue August 3, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I am now following @tamsinstoys on Twitter!

    @Kanga_Rue

  • Reply KARA August 2, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I have tweeted about the giveaway too xxx

  • Reply KARA August 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I am following Tamsin on twitter x

  • Reply KARA August 2, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I now subscribe to the blog xxx

  • Reply KARA August 2, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I don't just liek your FB page, I love it xx

  • Reply KARA August 2, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I follow you on twitter of course my lovely xx

  • Reply KARA August 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Tamsin, great post and fab read, do you have a blog ?

    I really love the bibs and fantastic price, I paid Β£9 for one for my son the other day. I love the fact you use vintage fabrics, so much better. Congrats on making a success.
    xxx

  • Reply helen harris August 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Have tweeted your message on twitter as picklepie35 πŸ˜€

  • Reply helen harris August 2, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Liked tamsins toys on facebook πŸ˜€

  • Reply helen harris August 2, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Following tamsin on twitter as picklepie35 πŸ˜€

  • Reply helen harris August 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Already following you on twitter πŸ˜€

  • Reply helen harris August 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Have subscribed to your blog via email πŸ˜€

  • Reply helen harris August 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Already like you on facebook πŸ˜€

  • Reply helen harris August 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Already follow your blog πŸ˜€

  • Reply Snow_Bunny August 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Tweeted! (@pandcands)

  • Reply Snow_Bunny August 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I Like Tamsin's Toys on Facebook.

  • Reply Snow_Bunny August 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I follow Tamsin on twitter @pandcands.

  • Reply Snow_Bunny August 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I follow you on Twitter (@pandcands)

  • Reply Snow_Bunny August 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I am subscribed to your blog via email.

  • Reply Snow_Bunny August 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I Like You on Facebook.

  • Reply Snow_Bunny August 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I follow your blog via Google Friends.

  • Reply Snowfairy August 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Already following you on twitter
    @snowfairie

  • Reply kittysclearance August 2, 2011 at 9:11 am

    gorgeous stuff! I'm following via GFC as kittysclearance

    kittysclearance@hotmail.co.uk

  • Reply Dorothee.Archambault August 1, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    and I tweeted the giveaway
    @Dorothee77

  • Reply Dorothee.Archambault August 1, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I like Tamsin's Toys on FB
    @Dorothee77

  • Reply Dorothee.Archambault August 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I follow @SoniaThorpe on Twitter
    @dorothee77

  • Reply Dorothee.Archambault August 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I subscribe to the blog via email
    @Dorothee77

  • Reply Dorothee.Archambault August 1, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I am already a fan of your FB page
    @Dorothee77

  • Reply Dorothee.Archambault August 1, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I'm following your blog via GFC
    @Dorothee77

  • Reply Nel Jones August 1, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Liking Mummy Loves on facebook!

    @neljones

  • Reply Nel Jones August 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Following @tamsinstoys on twitter!

  • Reply Eva August 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Liked Tamsin's Toys on Facebook
    evahnt@yahoo.co.uk

  • Reply Eva August 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Following Tamsin On twitter @tamsinstoys
    evahnt@yahoo.co.uk

  • Reply Eva August 1, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Followed you on Twitter @SoniaThorpe
    evahnt@yahoo.co.uk

  • Reply Eva August 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Subscribed your blog via email
    evahnt@yahoo.co.uk

  • Reply Eva August 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Liked you on Facebook
    evahnt@yahoo.co.uk

  • Reply Eva August 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Following your blog via Google Friends
    evahnt@yahoo.co.uk

  • Reply @littleboo_21 August 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Tweeted too

    @littleboo_21

  • Reply @littleboo_21 August 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Liked Tamsin's Toys on Facebook – Sarah Anguish

    @littleboo_21

  • Reply @littleboo_21 August 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Following Tamsin On twitter

    @littleboo_21

  • Reply @littleboo_21 August 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Following you on Twitter

    @littleboo_21

  • Reply @littleboo_21 August 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Subscribed to my blog via email

    @littleboo_21

  • Reply @littleboo_21 August 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Liked you on Facebook – Sarah Anguish

    @littleboo_21

  • Reply @littleboo_21 August 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Following you via Google Friends

    @littleboo_21

  • Reply Snowfairy August 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I'm following tamsinstoys on Twitter
    @snowfairie

  • Reply New Baby Flowers August 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Tamsin you really are an inspiration to other mums out there. Your products are gorgeous and the idea of using the childs old clothes is so wonderful, It needed be restricted to children. What a fantastic mothers day present to have something made out of your little angels old baby clothes. I'm so glad I came across this article, thank you!

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