When I started my account @kmart_kidz back in April 2015 I had absolutely no idea about the astonishing amount of incredibly talented, incredibly creative people there were to be found within the world of Instagram. Of course, the majority of my posts were dedicated to Kmart finds – sun and cloud pillows, ‘bambi’ clocks, jute rugs, panda dresses and tiger jumpers – but many of those posts also showcased some beautiful hand-made items lovingly styled in the bedrooms, nurseries and playrooms of lucky little ones all around Australia or an intricately created accessory paired with the latest Kmart outfit. I have always been very conscious of crediting/tagging the businesses behind these items – I can only imagine how much work goes into making them and, to be honest, I’m quite envious that I don’t have a talent for making anything myself – but now I’ve moved away from a Kmart-dedicated account and have this website/blog it gives me a little more creative license to write about what I find upon my extensive travels through Instagram, what wows me and what I love!
I’ve thought long and hard about how best to introduce this new section; with change always comes an element of risk and goodness knows I’ve had my fair share of both of those recently, so I decided to make it a once a week feature, primarily based here on the website with a brief Instagram post to accompany it and direct interested readers this way – this has a number of benefits:
- I have the freedom to write more than I usually would on an Instagram post
- I can add more pictures and hyperlinks to business pages or Etsy/Shopify stores etc. within the feature
- I can have a set format for these posts which will allow the reader to become familiar with what to expect from Made with Love Mondays and for the collection of information from the business being featured to be efficient and straight-forward
With that being said, I am always open to feedback so after reading my first Made with Love Monday post if you think I can do anything more, less, better etc. please don’t hesitate to drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org – I’d love to hear from you!
And so to my first featured business and one very close to my heart as not only is it a relatively new business it also belongs to someone who I have become friends with since beginning my incredible Instagram journey, the lovely Danielle from ‘All Things Miniature’:
Business Name: All Things Miniature
What do you make: Modern Dollshouse Furniture, Linen, Decor and fun felt items
Tell me about how your business came about: I’ve always had a fascination with all things miniature. Every year I do a large Christmas display (fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Aus) with a Christmas Village that people come a view through the front window. It brings me great joy to see the excitement on faces young and old. When I started making Dollshouse miniatures I found that I was creating more items that I could ever have dollshouses to put them in and that the creative ideas just kept coming. Opening a small business was the logical next step and it has been very rewarding so far!
What is your current favourite product? That’s a hard one, I love my new oak range of furniture and my felt wall hangings. I am very exciting for my upcoming Christmas range to be released soon – dollhouses deserve Christmas decorations too!
Do you make custom orders? Yes, absolutely. I love custom orders – I really get to unleash my creative side.
Tell me about you: I’m 36 and live in Geelong Vic. My day job is in Corporate Real Estate and I run All Things Miniature in my “spare” time. I also run the page Geelong.Shopping.Guide and it’s been great getting to know local Geelong creatives.
What else do you do: At the moment I spend most of my time in my craft room but I do love attending Markets and Homewares Shopping (though I have no room left in my house for any further homewares)
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Where can we buy your products from: Etsy store: www.allthingsminiatureau.etsy.com
Thanks so much for sharing with us Danielle and I’m wishing you every success with your amazing business!