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  • Willow Wednesday Women - Num Num Teething Jewellery

    This week I feature the first ever supplier of Willow Boutique and her products continue to be a best seller for all those teething babes out there. Say hello to Jen Downie Founder of the award-winning (and local) Num Num Teething Jewellery. 1) How did your business come about? I started my business when my oldest was 7 months. I had seen teething jewellery on Etsy but there wasn't very much in the UK at that time and not the kind of design I liked. So I bought some beads and made myself some. My oldest only napped on me, so I had a lot of nap sessions in a dark room thinking about whether it could be a business, pricing up designs, looking at saftey regulations online until one day I decided to just go for it! 2) What advice would you give someone wanting to start their own business? Do it! But do your market research and make sure there is appetite for your product at a price which means you can pay yourself a wage. 3) What's the best thing about being your own boss? What's the worst? Practically the best thing is the flexibility you have over your hours which is vital when you have two little ones running around but I actually think it is the pride you feel over having created something people will pay money for! The worst bit is not having any work colleagues to bounce ideas about with or complain about things to! 4) How has lockdown been for you? What coping mechanism works for you? Have you had to adapt your business to fit in with the 'new normal'? Lockdown wasn't actually as bad as I thought it would be. Homeschooling my oldest while also having a one year old on the go was busy but work really slowed down so I had more time (although less money)! My coping mechanism was having my oldest facetime my mum for some "let's pretend" time while I did some work or had a break. Luckily my husband was working from home too so he was there to pick up the slack when it all got too much. 5) Where's your 'Happy Place'? My bath. I go there to chill out when it has been a stressful week. We had put in a new bathroom with crazy flamingo wallpaper the week before lockdown so it has definitely been a sanctuary these last few months! 6) What's your favourite song? Oh that's a tough one! I love so many different songs. A song which will always put a smile on my face is "You're all I need to get by" with Marivn Gaye and Tammi Terrell. 7) Who would play you in a movie? Reese Witherspoon - we have the same chin although that's where the similarity ends! I think she is a fantastic actress and also does a lot for championing women's rights which is important to me. 8) What did you want to be when you were younger? I wanted to be on Broadway which I now think would be so exhausting. But I have always loved jewellery so if you had told me at 18 I would be making necklaces for a living I would have been thrilled! 9) What advice would you give your younger self? I would tell myself that you work for a long time so you don't have to do the same thing forever. I decided to stop being a lawyer after 5 years because the thought of doing it for another 35 was not a happy one. Since then I have decided that every job is just for a period in your life.  I love Num Nums but it is still nice to think that life is not set in stone and there might be other opportunities down the line. Thanks so much for taking part Jen. New Num Num is arriving this week but you can check out what's coming here https://www.willowboutique1.co.uk/teething-jewellery-toys-1.

  • Willow Wednesday Women - Daisycat Designs

    This week's wonder woman is the lovely Tori Dunning from Daisycat Designs. Tori has been a supplier of Willow for about 1.5 years now and her stunning cards continue to be a bestseller. You see, they are so much more than cards. Some come with beautiful wooden hanging decorations, wooden magnets or even seeds to plant. I'm so excited for you to see her new Christmas range arriving end of September! Here's Tori's story... 1. How did your business come about? I was made redundant whilst 7 months pregnant and the size of a whale, I could barely move! My brother gave me some graphic design software to pass the time and I just started tinkering. Months later a chance encounter with a lady selling baby legging at my local playgroup led to me agreeing to have a stall at a craft market that she was setting up. She would later become one of the most wonderful friends I have ever known! I almost cried when my first customer bought 10 cards! 2. What advice would you give someone wanting to start their own business? Do what you love, that way work will never be a chore… until it’s time to do your tax return! 3. What's the best thing about being your own boss? What's the worst? The best thing is being able to manage my own time and work in my pj’s without anyone knowing. The worst thing is other people assuming you are always available, I’m not sure everyone sees it as a real job when you work from home. Could be my fault for never setting any boundaries? Also, being so close to the fridge and the kettle is a bit too tempting, I’ve developed bad grazing habits! 4. How has lockdown been for you? What coping mechanism works for you? Have you had to adapt your business to fit in with the 'new normal'? I wanted to be the person who has it all under control, perfectly juggling work and home-school and living the blissful Instagram worthy life. At the start I had this idea that this would be the perfect time to do all the jobs that I don’t usually find enough time for, but actually I have never felt more time poor. Plus my parent guilt has been off the chart! On the plus side I converted what was a messy outhouse in a new studio in the garden! This dream has been a long time coming! 5. Where's your 'Happy Place'? Anywhere by the sea looking for treasure, but not in the sea, I’m a land animal! 6.What's your favourite song? Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder, you can never go wrong with Stevie Wonder 7. Who would play you in a movie? That’s hard for me as I’m not a big film watcher, I asked my partner and he said he wasn’t sure, probably someone a bit ditsy, but if I could arrange for it to be Scarlett Johannsson he would be extremely happy about that. What a cheek!! 8. What did you want to be when you were younger? Anything to do with animals, I love all the creatures. My dad wanted me to be a jockey, I’m definitely small enough. 9. What advice would you give your younger self? Don’t be afraid of change, I have to remind myself of this all the time It’s good to be different… something I am always saying to Daisy, Study subjects that you love, not necessarily the ones the get the best grades in. Thanks so much for taking part Tori! Check out her stunning cards here...https://www.willowboutique1.co.uk/daisycat-designs

  • Willow Wednesday Women - Louise Tiler

    Owned by partners Louise and Gavin, Louise Tiler Designs Ltd is an award-winning greeting card and surface pattern design studio. With a driven and passionate team of “Card Lovers”, the company has gone from strength to strength over the last six years. Proudly based in West Yorkshire the team take great pride in every stage of the process from the creation of unique designs to production through to packaging and customer care. In 2011, Louise was named “New designer of the year” and has gone on to be named “Most promising young designer 2017” at the prestigious Henries Awards. As an environmentally conscious company, they want to continue to play their part in helping with the global environmental issues, that is why all their cards and packaging are made only using FSC products, and they also offer a more environmentally friendly packaging option for their cards in the form of card clasps. Louise's cards remain a best seller since we opened our doors in 2016. 1) How did your business come about? I was lucky enough to win design awards in my 3rd year of university (which was a dream) and it gave me the confidence to believe in my work and a focus before graduating. I was already freelancing in the creative industry and my designs were selling well with customers so I could see the potential to go it alone. My partner as also working full time which was a massive help in the early days and he finally made the leap to join me. His business advice and experience helped to drive us forward and become a better businesswoman. 2) What advice would you give someone wanting to start their own business? You have to be willing to work very hard and make sacrifices (i.e weekends and events) and you have to put in the hours to get the dream you want. It takes a lot of late nights! 3) What's the best thing about being your own boss? What's the worst? It's great running your own business and working with a great team of people, you can get time out of the 9-5 when others can't. You can create the artwork you love and offer it to others. Making tough decisions, working long hours and managing others. When I first started it was hard working on your own, nobody tells you it can be lonely! 4) How has lockdown been for you? What coping mechanism works for you? Have you had to adapt your business to fit in with the 'new normal'? The furlough scheme has been a big help and we have had to adapt working away from a team, Zoom has been amazing! 5) Where's your 'Happy Place'? Bed with the dog and my boyfriend watching a film (not Love Island honest!) 6) What's your favourite song? (Basically to give me Spotify playlist ideas;-)) Goo Goo Dolls, Iris or dancing to Beyonce! 7) Who would play you in a movie? Oh gosh, no idea!! I've never even thought about that, can you even imagine if anyone ever even wrote a song, book or film about you. What an honour! 8) What did you want to be when you were younger? A designer or pilot but when my parents said they thought the best way to fly is to join the air force I went off the idea! haha 9) What advice would you give your younger self? One day you will be proud and happy. All the work will be worth it, keep going!!! Thanks so much for taking part Louise. Check out Louise's stunning range of cards here https://www.willowboutique1.co.uk/louise-tiler

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  • Wooden Toys | Baby Gifts Boutique/Willow Boutique | Scotland

    Get Into The Groove Shop New Arrivals WELCOME TO WILLOW BOUTIQUE Willow Boutique is a women and baby lifestyle store based in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. Our online shop is an exact reflection of our bricks and mortar store, so you will always have access to our latest arrivals. We have a beautiful selection of baby and toddler wear, wooden toys, teething jewellery and gifts plus bestselling womenswear brand Run & Fly, as well as an ever increasing range of ethically made jewellery. Enjoy browsing our store to see for yourself and if you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to get in touch! Quick View Baby Bodysuit - Citrus Price £12.00 Quick View Baby Bodysuit - Oranges Price £12.00 Quick View Footed Sleepsuit - Citrus Price £20.00 Quick View Baby Bodysuit - Citrus Price £12.00 Quick View Baby Bodysuit - Oranges Price £12.00 Quick View Footed Sleepsuit - Citrus Price £20.00 GET IN TOUCH Shop Opening Hours Monday 10 - 5 Tuesday 10 - 5 Wednesday 10 - 3.30 Thursday 10 - 5 Friday 10 - 5 Saturday 10 - 5 Sunday 11 - 4 Click & Collect is available during opening hours. The website is open 24/7. 5 Raeburn Pl, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH4 1HU, Scotland UK hellowillowboutique@gmail.com 0131 478 0470 Submit Thanks for submitting! Willow Wednesday Women - Num Num Teething Jewellery 19 Willow Wednesday Women - Daisycat Designs 32 Willow Wednesday Women - Louise Tiler 16

  • Meet The Team | Willow Boutique

    MEET THE SHOPKEEPER Hello, I'm Gayle, the owner of Willow Boutique. Ever since I was a little girl I've wanted to own my own shop. Well that was after wanting to be a nurse, then a fashion designer! I did actually go on to get an Honours Degree in Fashion and Textile Design Management at Heriot-Watt University but the next Vivienne Westwood I was not! However, I have never lost my inspiration in fashion, accessories and textiles and with years of retail experience at management level behind me I have found the path I was always meant to take. I love my job, I love all my suppliers and I love all my customers who support my small business. I also have the best team at home in the form of my Husband, Andy and 2 boys, Lewis (10) and Daniel (8). Thank you for reading and for visiting my website! X ​

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