Posted on November 6, 2013

New Business Mum – Katie

Mum in Business

Good Morning everyone, today I have Katie on the blog to tell you about herself and her very new business Ticketyboo, she has also very kindly set up a 10% discount code on her Etsy store for you my lovely readers to use. Just enter ‘Xmas13‘ at the checkout (this code expires on the 30th Nov.  If you love what Katie does then head over to her Facebook & Twitter to follow her for yourself 🙂

Thanks so much for your time Katie… We really love your work here at This Mummy Loves… xxx

Who are you?
My name is Katie, and I live in Worthing, on the South Coast.  I am a mum to two preschool children – a girl and a boy.

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What do you do?
I design and make fabric wall art for children’s bedrooms.  Each piece is handmade by my own fair hands from a variety of fabrics, which are sewn onto white cotton, then stretched over a canvas frame.  My canvases can be made from new fabrics, but what I really love to do is to make them from children’s outgrown clothes – as a mummy who is a little bit too sentimental (with slight hoarding tendencies!) I find it very satisfying to liberate these items from their boxes in the attic!

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When did you establish your business?
Very recently – this is a new venture for me!   It is something I have been thinking about for many years, and I am so pleased to have taken the plunge.

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What made you start your own business?
I have always loved crafts, especially sewing, from childhood (as you can see from the photo!), and all through my life have continued to enjoy creating as a hobby.  However, my university education and career were based in science, and I worked in scientific research for over 10 years, until I was made redundant just before the birth of my second child.  I am a firm believer in the saying “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”, so I knew I had to use this opportunity to take the plunge and to pursue my real passion.

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What do you love about working for yourself?
Aside from being able to do what I love, running my own business from home allows me the flexibility to enjoy my family while the kids are still so young.  I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to enjoy my children at such a precious time in their lives.

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Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
Between taking care of the kids, housework and Ticketyboo, the concept of “Me time” does not exist!  I really feel that this is a tiny price to pay though.

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Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could? 
The only thing that I regret is that I didn’t do it sooner!

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What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
Go for it!  Remember that it’s always frightening to put something you are passionate about out into the world, but don’t let that make you afraid of doing something that’s personal and heartfelt.

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