It’s been a crazy month of birthdays, markets and a whole heap of other life moments that have taken me away from my blogging gig. But I am back and ready to go with another Small Biz in the Spotlight post.
I like to share the things from small businesses I come across. The creative owners behind them and the amazing things these guys do to change the world for the better, making it a more interesting place to live. Buying something handmade is like buying a piece of that person’s heart/life/dream. Isn’t that something to ponder about…
Today in the Small Biz Spotlight is Helen from Helarious who is also the creator behind Lime Tree Bower. Helen is a blogger like myself, however unlike me…she is gifted with an enviable talent of growing plants! Helen is quite the ‘green thumb’ artiste, often displaying beautiful photos of her bountiful harvest from her urban apartment balcony garden. Please read on to see what inspires Helen’s start-up:
1. Why did you choose your business name?
I wanted something that was simple, flora-inspired, but with a touch of wanderlust. That’s what my creations are all about and I needed a name that reflected that aesthetic. My boyfriend came up with ‘Lime Tree Bower’, which is the name of a poem by Coleridge. We both felt it fit the bill perfectly.
2. Tell us how you came up with this idea?
Is there a special story behind it? I’ve loved making things with my hands since I was a young kid. It’s a part of me and I haven’t stopped! Last year, I was undecided between trying out a new hobby: terrarium making or woodworking? So my friend put it to an online vote for me… the terrariums came out on top, so that’s how I started. I became obsessed and no wonder – it combines my passions for creating things, design and plants all in one!
3. What were you doing at the time when you first thought of starting up your own business?
I was (and still am) working full time, and I was considering starting something but was a little afraid. Thankfully, a colleague of mine urged me to do it – why not, he said? Encouraged by his feedback, I began first by just putting some photos of the creations on my personal Facebook. I was surprised when friends started asking me to buy some. That helped my confidence and within a few months, I finally opened up shop on Etsy!
4. What do you do in your business?
Everything, Lime Tree Bower is just me! I do everything ranging from growing the succulents in my balcony garden, designing the logo, packaging design, product photography etc. The whole shebang!
5. Do you have a website or online shop?
6. Where can we buy your products?
Online, on my Etsy store.
7. Where are you located?
8. Tell us a bit about yourself, what do you enjoy doing if you are not creating?
I’m an avid balcony gardener – that’s where I source my succulents from that feature in my terrariums! I also run Helarious (www.helario.us), a DIY lifestyle and creative ideas blog – this is where I let my passions run free and I get to play amateurphotographer too! Oh, and I love my sports and #goswans!
9. Where would you like to be 5 years from now?
Oh gosh. I would LOVE to have my products stocked in at least a few stores – either online or brick/mortar, and have my creations featured in store fronts, cafes, some collaborations with other brands… That would be a dream!
10. Do you have any business advice for others wanting to start-up?
Just do it, it’s as easy as that.
Creating something and having it on show to the public is always going to be daunting and make you nervous – but really, what’s the worst that can happen? If you fail, you learn from your mistakes, and it allows you to do better next time!
WANT TO WIN A MARIMO MOSS BALL IN AN ORB?
One of the items I cherish from Lime Tree Bower is my mini marimo moss ball. It now has a home on my office desk and gets lots of visitors questioning ‘What is that??’
You could be a lucky of new owner of one of these Mini Minimalist Marimo Terranium Orb too! To be in the running, all you have to do is:
1) Like The Simple Chic Facebook Page
2) Like Lime Tree Bower Facebook Page
3) Like Helarious & The Simple Chic on Instagram
4) Leave a comment on this blog post – where would you keep your new marimo terranium?
5) And leave your facebook and instagram name in the comment (so I know who to pick as the winner!)
Competition closes 31st August 2014. Winner will be chosen, they must complete the above and for having the most creative answer. The winner will be contacted on the 1st September, however if they do not respond within 24 hours, the prize will be forfeited and another entry will be chosen. Sorry, open to Australian residents only!
Helen has also agreed to give all Simple Chic readers 10% off at her online shop. Just use the promo code ‘EVON10′ at the checkout.It will be valid till 31st October 2014. So please check out her store and happy shopping!
Hope you enjoyed reading this ‘Small Biz in the Spotlight’ post. Till next time where another gorgeous handmade biz will be featured. If you have a small business or know someone who does and would like to be in the spotlight please get in touch with me.
Have a fab week!