Posted on February 4, 2011

Mumpreneur Feature – Viv from Poppy Sparkles & GIVEAWAY! ***CLOSED***

competiton/ giveaway/ Mum in Business

The lovely Viv from Poppy Sparkles is my Mumpreneur feature this morning and she is giving away a pair of earrings of your choice from her website!! (See end of post for giveaway)

Who are you?
I’m Viv Smith, mum of two, wife of one and owner of Poppy Sparkles.  I live on the Fylde Coast ooop North. 


What do you do?
I design and make birthstone Charm jewellery using Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls and sterling silver.
 


When did you establish your business?
Poppy Sparkles was established in March 2010. However, I’ve made and sold jewellery creations for a number of years (at least 15 – I was a budding teenage entrepreneur!).


What made you start your own business?

I’m currently on a career break from my teaching career to be a stay at home mum.  I would love to earn a living in the creative sector and decided that this was a now or never time.


What do you love about working for yourself?

I love creating beautiful things. I love the sense of achievement that creating something brings.  Apart from the book-keeping, I love all aspects of my business – creating jewellery, blogging, networking – each aspect appeals to a different part of my personality.

Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
Book keeping is not my strong point! I keep promising to be more organised, but then I disappoint myself.

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

There’s so many things I would do differently, but the last 10 months have been a real journey and helped me to arrive to where I am now.  I have worked very hard and had the sense to keep reflecting and assessing what I was doing and its effectiveness, so thankfully I made changes before spending too long pursuing a loss-leader.  I did waste a lot of time on creating a website that drained my time and I’m actually happier with the easy to manage website I’ve created around my blog, for free on blog spot’s hosting! I wish I’d never bothered with that website, it really was a waste of time!
What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business? 
Plan, plan, plan and keep assessing and reflecting on what you are doing.  Don’t be afraid to make changes and adapt, it’s better than blindly pursuing something that isn’t working.

You can find Viv on –
Blog/website: www.poppysparkles.co.uk
FB: www.facebook.com/Poppysparkles
twitter:
www.twitter.com/Poppysparkles_
Viv is very kindly giving away a pair of earrings of your choice from her beautiful collection!!
How to Enter!!

You can do all of the actions below or just 1 of them but please make sure you leave a seperate 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
  • Follow me on Twitter @SoniaThorpe
  • Follow Viv On twitter @Poppysparkles_
  • Like Poppy Sparkles on Facebook
  • Tweet the following “I’d like to win gorgeous earrings from @Poppysparkles_ and @SoniaThorpe at http://thismummyloves.blogspot.com
Good luck! The winner will be drawn by random.org on February 20th 2011 x

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60 Comments

  • Reply Dottie Designs February 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    No idea how to follow you blog!! Did all the other though….off for a lie down!!

  • Reply Dottie Designs February 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Liking Poppysparkes on facebook now!

  • Reply Dottie Designs February 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Already followed Poppysparkles on Twitter :o)

  • Reply Dottie Designs February 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Just followed you on Twitter and tweeted hello!

  • Reply Dottie Designs February 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I have just tweeted :o)

  • Reply Melissa February 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I like poppy sparkles on facebook
    Melissa Wash

  • Reply Melissa February 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I follow your blog.
    @oldy99worldy

  • Reply Melissa February 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I have tweeted.
    @oldy99worldy

  • Reply Melissa February 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I follow your blog.
    Melissa

  • Reply Melissa February 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I follow @Poppysparkles_ on twitter.

    @oldy99worldy

  • Reply Melissa February 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I follow you on twitter
    @oldy99worldy

  • Reply Joanne February 19, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I have tweeted as @joanneblunt

  • Reply Joanne February 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I like Poppy Sparkles on Facebook.

  • Reply Joanne February 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I follow @Poppysparkles_ on twitter

  • Reply Joanne February 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I follow you on twitter as @joanneblunt

  • Reply Joanne February 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I follow your blog.

  • Reply ridmat February 19, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    like Poppy Sparkles on facebook (rhydian prismick)

  • Reply ridmat February 19, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    tweeted @ridmat01

  • Reply ridmat February 19, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    following @poppysparkles on twitter @ridmat01

  • Reply ridmat February 19, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    following @SoniaThorpe on twitter @ridmat01

  • Reply ridmat February 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    i follow your blog

  • Reply multiplemummy February 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    All tasks achieved! What gorgeous jewellery.

    Love @MultipleMummy x

  • Reply Darren Cox February 14, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    follow you on twitter
    @thescrummymummy

  • Reply Darren Cox February 14, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    follow your blog
    @thescrummymummy

  • Reply kohsamui14 February 13, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I follow your blog-kohsamui14 and you as @kohsamuirosie

  • Reply kohsamui14 February 13, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I'm following @poppysparkles on twitter @kohsamuirosie

  • Reply kohsamui14 February 13, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I'm follwong Poppy Sparkles on Facebook kohsamui rosie

  • Reply Lolly February 10, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Follow you on twitter xx
    @birthaffinity

  • Reply kohsamui14 February 7, 2011 at 12:20 am

    i tweeted @kohsamuirosie

  • Reply GrapeVine February 6, 2011 at 5:43 am

    I've tweeted @janesgrapevine

  • Reply GrapeVine February 6, 2011 at 5:43 am

    I'm follwong Poppy Sparkles on Facebook – Jane Willis

  • Reply GrapeVine February 6, 2011 at 5:43 am

    I'm following @poppysparkles on twitter @janesgrapevine

  • Reply GrapeVine February 6, 2011 at 5:42 am

    I'm following you on Twitter @janesgrapevine

  • Reply GrapeVine February 6, 2011 at 5:42 am

    I'm followong your blog – Grapevine

  • Reply meetjosmith February 6, 2011 at 12:06 am

    these are so beautiful would love to have them.

  • Reply Jo February 5, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I tweeted the competition (@themodernmummy)

  • Reply Jo February 5, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I follow @Poppysparkles_ on Twitter (@themodernmummy)

  • Reply Jo February 5, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I follow @SoniaThorpe on Twitter (@themodernmummy)

  • Reply Sarah February 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I'm following @poppysparkles on twitter

    @blatherskite_mn

  • Reply Sarah February 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I follow you on Twitter

    @blatherskite_mn

  • Reply Sarah February 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I follow your blog

  • Reply Jaz246t February 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    tweeted your giveaway via @Jaz246t

  • Reply Jaz246t February 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    like Poppy sparkles on facebook
    via Janet Taylor

    Jaz246t@aol.com

  • Reply Jaz246t February 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    following @Poppysparkles_ on twitter via @Jaz246t

  • Reply Jaz246t February 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    following @SoniaThorpe on twitter
    via @Jaz246t

  • Reply Jaz246t February 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    following you via gfc Jaz246t

    Jaz246t@aol.com

  • Reply Marzena February 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I tweeted as @marzutek

    szmarzena@yahoo.co.uk

  • Reply Marzena February 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I like Poppy Sparkles on Facebook
    ( as Marzena Sz )

    szmarzena@yahoo.co.uk

  • Reply Marzena February 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I follow @Poppysparkles on Twitter as @marzutek

    szmarzena@yahoo.co.uk

  • Reply Marzena February 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I follow you on Twitter as @marzutek

    szmarzena@yahoo.co.uk

  • Reply Marzena February 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I already follow your blog via Google Friends as Marzena

    szmarzena@yahoo.co.uk

  • Reply anna8301 February 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I tweeted about competition @anna8301 Thank you

  • Reply anna8301 February 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I like Poppy Sparkles on Facebook
    @anna8301

  • Reply anna8301 February 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I follow Viv On twitter @Poppysparkles_
    @anna8301

  • Reply anna8301 February 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I follow you on Twitter @SoniaThorpe
    @anna8301

  • Reply anna8301 February 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I follow your blog via Google Friends
    @anna8301

  • Reply mummy24 February 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    i am following poppy sparkles (@ashlallan)

  • Reply mummy24 February 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    i already follow mummy loves (@ashlallan)

  • Reply mummy24 February 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    i have tweeted @ashlallan

  • Reply mummy24 February 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    i follow your blog already

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