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Knittie Grittie is a luxury hand-made knitted blanket company. Steph, the owner, hand knits every single blanket from the comfort of her quaint little cottage in South Wales before packaging them with love and sending them on their way to homes around the UK. We spoke to Steph and asked her what her business means to her.
I'm Steph, otherwise known as Stephy B, the ginger behind Knittie Grittie. I have always adored knitting, textiles, art and crafts; making anything basically! Including making a mess! Both my Mamma B and Nanna B have always been lovers of textiles and taught me everything I know. They are my inspiration. So naturally, surprising them with their very own Knittie Grittie blankets for their homes was my proudest business moment so far. I recently refound a love for knitting last year whilst I was knitting a blanket for our cottage. With kind words and encouragement from friends and family, I created Knittie Grittie in October 2017 and the rest is history!
I hand knit every blanket from just a bundle of wool into a bespoke, one of a kind, handmade chunky knit blanket. I lovingly hand-make every blanket from our lovely little cottage in Wales before making my favourite post-office run to make sure they make their way across the UK safely. I also, offer giant luxury chunky knit blankets & have exciting new knitting projects coming soon in the new year!
What I love about having my own business is: the sense of pride and achievement. For me, it’s knowing that something I’ve lovingly handmade then goes on to be a part of someone’s home. Their day to day life, in their place of comfort, moments with friends, family. Even in the smallest way, it’s just the best feeling.
“With kind words and encouragement from friends and family, I created Knittie Grittie in October 2017 and the rest is history!”
Alex Sedgmond Photography
Alex Sedgmond is a photographer based in South Wales. He specialises in wedding photography and portraiture but is able to capture anything and just make it look simply stunning. We asked Alex for a few words on why he does what he does and what he loves about his business:
“So I started my photography business after receiving my wedding photos. The feeling I got from looking at them just took me back and filled me with a huge feeling of warmth and happiness. I made this my goal to deliver the same thing to other couples and clients I would work with in the future.
I spent 10+ years in the hospitality business so I have always aimed high and loved the feeling of making people feel special. I still hold that value to this day. I offer intimate photography that gives a feeling of being in the moment. I mainly specialise in weddings but love to champion small independent businesses whenever the opportunity arises.
I like to watch people being people. It’s magical! And if I can help tell their story then even better!The thing I love about my business is knowing that my images will stand the test of time and tell a story to future generations.
“I love to imagine future grand children holding something
physical and learning about their families past.”
Plus hitting the road knowing your travelling somewhere to create something unique will always beat the commute to a job that bores you.
Sounds really flowery but the idea of feeding your curiosity and having the ability to experience new things. That’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. Throw in a good cup of coffee somewhere with good people and possibly a scenic view... that’s what makes all the scary stuff of being a business owner all worth it.
It’s the little things in life that make a difference. If I was still following my passion for food and drink, I don’t think I’d feel half as happy!
KA Graphic Design
KA Graphic Design was founded by Kirsty, a freelance graphic designer based in Cardiff. On her Etsy shop you’ll find the sweetest, sassiest designs! KA Graphic Design specialises in creating greeting cards and prints with funny slogans and cute illustrations. We asked Kirsty if she could tell us a few things about her business and the reasons she wanted to be her own boss:
“I started my business after a big nudge from a super fabulous pal. I was doing a lot of favours for people I knew, so, I thought why not see if anyone else fancies some surprise post or personalised treats too?!
I specialise in print design and sell greeting cards and prints via Etsy as well as at markets and a few local businesses. These are full of sarcasm, booze puns and a quote or two, so there’s something for everyone and every occasion.
There’s something for everyone and every occasion”
I also spend a lot of time working on custom projects, ranging from invitations to brochures and posters. So if you’ve got a project going on, give me a shout!
I love being able to work on projects I enjoy and creating designs which mean a lot to someone’s event or special day. I also get to meet lots of other fabulous makers and business owners, who are all pretty spot on! It’s a great community to be a part of!”
The Clean Cake Co.
The Clean Cake Company is a business in Cardiff that specialises in baking sweet vegan treats! (Yummy!) The Clean Cake Company will be joining us at our launch event, providing their yummy snacks to all our guests! How lucky are we?!
We asked Lucy, the founder of The Clean Cake Company to tell us why she started her business, what her business stands for and what she loves about being her own boss:
”I’m literally just in the process of setting up The Clean Cake Co. I want to show that ‘good for you’ doesn’t have to mean bland and can be delicious and fun. I’m even having my branding designed at the moment around the brief ‘happy colours’!
“I want to show that good for you doesn’t have to mean bland or boring”
Hopefully our cakes and cookies and other treats show that the healthier options isn’t always the lesser or not quite so good option. I don’t want any of my products to get the ‘hmm its ok, but…’ reaction. It shouldn’t be an option. You shouldn’t have to compromise and hopefully non vegans will give our cakes a try too.
I’m also planning on offering raw cake workshops in several gorgeous venues in and around Cardiff, with small groups of people, probably a maximum of 5, so you really get focused and get one on one time in order to produce some lush cakes that you get to are home with you!
I love the fact my children have seen me building this right from scratch and that I can be at home when I need to be for them. I also love that I can create a business that excites me and I can do it my way.” A
A local marketing business, founded by one of our own team. Creu Creative specialise in creating marketing campaigns and marketing material for a number of businesses, large and small. The director, Kelsey, has a wealth in knowledge and has many years of experience in the Creative sector. Having worked for other companies through many of these years, she started Creu Creative to allow herself more creative freedom and to maintain a good work/life balance.
“So happy with my logo design and business cards. Top quality, well worth the money… highly recommended”
A Williams Property Maintenance
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