Little Boubbavisit store
Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Donna and I live on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. I share my life with 4 crazy gorgeous children aged between 13 and 1 and a waterskiing mad husband. We have a pound hound named Jasper who might as well be the 5th child.
My background is insurance and I owned a children’s boutique once upon a time. I would like to return to study in the near future for my dream job.
Can you explain your craft/art and the material you like to use?
I make babies and children’s clothing, bibs and bedding. I use a mix of quilting cotton and European jersey knits. I love nice fabrics and I am fussy with the feel and texture of what I use. I believe kids need to be kids so that means bright, carefree easy to wash and wear fun pieces. Whether it be cool pants, sweet tees or pretty rompers they need to be functional and well made. I seriously can’t sit still and am always restless so there is usually something new brewing and my to do list is always a mile long ..so watch this space.
Where do you get your inspiration and what is your creative process?
I love colour and fun bold prints. I believe children are not little long enough so we need to embrace all that they are while they are young and allow their personalities to shine.
A lot of my inspiration comes from our own children and their individual personalities and what they love to wear and how they like to wear it. My 10 year old is a wonderful critic of my work and she is a circle outside the square if I need some inspiration.
I love children’s magazines, pintrest and instagram. My customers are probably my biggest inspiration. They inspire me to grow and be better, to explore and move out of my comfort zone, and to keep evolving and growing Little Boubba.
How long have you been creating and how did you get into craft/art?
I have always dabbled in crafts of one kind or another... knitting, cross-stitch, project life, quilting you name it I have given it a go. You know the saying “why buy it for $15 when you can buy all the materials for $92 and make it yourself” yep that is me. I will give anything a go and it is not uncommon for me to have several projects on the go at once.
Funnily enough though I think if you spoke to my textiles teacher from high school and asked her about me she would tell you I was better known for being a bit naughty than being a good sewer.
I got into sewing seriously when we moved to the peninsula as I knew nobody here and it was a way to fill my days while I had 2 at school and a 9 month at home.
How did you come up with your business name?
I seriously don’t remember. I remember just tossing around a few ideas in my head and speaking with my sister and I came up with Little Boubba. I have wanted to change it a few times as Little boubba has no real significance but it has just stuck and now 5 years in it seems wrong to change it.
What resources 'have or do you' use to help your creative pursuits (i.e. groups, classes, shops, websites etc)?
Mostly I bounce ideas off a gorgeous bunch of like minded crafty ladies and to be honest my fabric purchases are always helpful in keeping me creative and fresh hence why I must make so many of them.
What's your best advice for someone starting up?
Believe in yourself and what you have to offer. A big idea is not always the “one” but it is usually a great starting to point to grow from and follow on. Do you research, look around see what is already being sold, how do you differ or how can you differ to stand out?. Remember slow and steady usually wins the race so pace yourself and don’t expect instant success.
Don’t be tempted to jump on others bandwagons as I can assure you somebodies success is not just a good product, there is so much more to it.
Do you have any advertising/promotion tips for sellers to be successful?
Use everything you can to help your business.
Instagram is a wonderful free business tool and used right; it really can keep you very busy.
A Facebook presence never hurts even if it feels dead and buried these days remember some of those are not in the world of Instagram.
Join craft groups and interact with like-minded people, the craft world is huge and there is room for everyone and we can all teach someone something.
Can you share any lessons that you have learned the hard way?
Put a value on your time. I can’t tell you the number of times I over committed because I couldn’t bear to turn a customer away. I lost count of the 2am finishes and the 5am starts just to be able to get it all done and while I am sure my customers were all very grateful my family suffered. Set yourself work time and family time and keep them separate it will make life and work a whole lot less stressful.
What do you like to do besides creating?
I truly love spending time with my children. I love date night with my big girl and watching my big boy play football. Our baby girl will be our last and I know just how quickly time goes so I am taking time to ensure I don’t miss all the little things in my life. But the something I love doing for me is going out dancing... I don’t do it enough but when I do boy do I kick up my heels.
What is your favourite music, television show, film, book, website, phone app?
Okay don’t laugh but I love country music especially Garth Brookes. My favorite concerts ever were Pink. I love a lot of the charts at the moment and I can often be found listening to 70’s and 80’s while doing the housework... I have always got music on and love most genre.
I am not a huge TV fan but I do enjoy Househusbands and winners and losers and I do love me a good series of the block.
I don’t get a lot of time to read, as I am always too tired when I eventually get to bed but I recently read Girl Lost and the fault in our stars.
What would be your perfect day?
A sleep in.. no seriously it would be shopping without children, having lunch with a girlfriend followed by date night with hubby and some late night dancing.
Who is one of your favourite madeit seller, explain why in less than 10 words?
One Spotty Dog - because quality wooden toys are hard to find
LittleBoubba visit store
15 September 2015