I'm so pleased to have had the opportunity to interview the lovely Wendy from @madeinwendyshouse for the blog today. If you would like to see the interview live, then please click on this link to view it on my Instagram page.
Wendy I would love you to tell us a little about yourself, where you live, family etc.
My name is Wendy and I live in Buckinghamshire with my husband. I have a daughter and a gorgeous grandson who brings us so much joy.
How did you get into making/crafting?
I have always enjoyed sewing – right from when I was a little girl, I used to make clothes for my Pippa dolls and my sister’s Sindy dolls (showing my age). My sewing machine has always been close to hand. One of my colleagues used to go out to craft fairs with her daughter and she was always making things – it took her a little while to encourage me to tag along. I did my first fair at a little village school about 10 years ago and haven’t really stopped since (well, apart from Covid)!!! Then things moved online, and I opened up an Etsy shop, followed by my own website.
Wendy please tell us about your business and what you make?
Well, my little business is called Made in Wendy’s House and I love to sew – pretty things.
How did you learn to make/create what you do?
I’m pretty much self-taught or have had advice from my lovely crafting friends.
What made you want to start your own business?
I got the crafting bug and thought that I could maybe take it further. Also, It’s nice to do something for myself.
How did you come up with your business name?
I wanted something generic that didn’t restrict my makes and thought using the ‘Wendy’s House’ term was a nice thing. So Made in Wendy’s House was born.
Where do you get the inspiration for your designs?
I like to keep an eye on trends, Pinterest etc. Sometimes and idea pops in my head or I brainstorm with a friend.
What is the best thing about having your own business?
I have control over its destiny.
What is your biggest business challenge?
I think the answer to this is myself. I lack confidence and self-belief. I am trying to work on that.
What is one thing you wish you knew when you started your business?
That I would have to be the wearer of many hats! From designing, making, sewing, selling, packing, posting, admin, social media, organiser etc. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes.