Welcome to the first post in La Tempête's Creatives series! Here I will be featuring some creative and crafty people. Some are entrepreneurs; some are ordinary people who are creative simply because they love to create.
Today we are featuring Joanne Dewberry from Dorset, England.
I have no real pattern as such; I just cut the pieces to the size of an orginal bag I've unstitched! Sounds crazy, but I found it easier than I had imagined...the bags are much better now than when I started; especially as Daddy Moo upgraded my sewing machine for my birthday. It's still quite basic, but at least this one reverse stitches! I have started to 'fix' things now though; I recently mended a hole in the kids bean bag & have started stripping old clothes of buttons and fabric.
When did you first learn to sew?
I've cross stitched on and off for years, but first learnt to sew with the machine in Jan 2009.
How do you choose the fabric for your gorgeous party bags?
I just buy what I like and always check with Moo; he generally willl say if he likes something or not, and Daddy Moo always gives his opinion!
I generally make sure that the children get my full attention during the day; however Moo does go to Pre-School 2 times a week and Megan still naps, so I do get a chance during the day to work. The laptop is on all day so that I can check emails, & pack orders if I get a spare 5 mins, but its in the office so not in the living room where we play.
Daddy Moo helps by taking the children out at the weekend for a few hours without me sometimes, but I do prefer to go too! Nothing beats a bit of family time.
You’ve been in the media and won several awards now for your business. What has been your most treasured moment?
I would say my most treasured moment was actually on Charlie's 2nd Birthday, when I handed all his friends pre-filled bags and the excitement from all my friends and family was overwhelming and the talk of the town for weeks.
Please tell us which awards you have won so far – we just have to know!
Future 100 Young Entrepreneurs 2009
The Green Familia Rated Award for Best Gifts/Party Supplies
I see from your shop that you are listed as a ‘Green Achiever’. Is the environment important to you? How do you reflect this in your crafting?
My seed tags are very environmentally friendly, I also stock mostly wooden fillers. I have also been working on a line of recycled fabric bags too out of clothing, which isn't live yet.
For the readers – do you ship internationally???
It's not something we currently offer but you never know .. the best thing to do is to email me - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please go and check Charlie Moos out at their home on the web. I do encourage you to find out about international shipping too - such a lovely product!