Caroline, 37, from Ringmer, designs and hand makes tiny things in the form of a various treats from modelling clay. She moved away from her hometome 20 years ago to go to University in Nottingham. Since then, she’s lived in London, Paris and our beloved Brighton.
How would you describe your business?
“Polymer clay food-themed jewellery – tinytreatboutique.co.uk
and craft kits for kids to make their own versions” – letterboxkits.co.uk
How did you build your businesses?
“My Tiny Treat Boutique business was developed from my hobby.
“LetterboxKits has been devloped with the help of my sister and dad. My sister does the marketing and my dad does most of the packaging and posting.”
What were your influences and who were your inspirations?
“I would say I’ve been most influenced by the books I used to read as a child such as Mrs Pepperpot and The Borrowers and stop-motion programs like Morph and Pingu.
Where would you like to see yourself taking your business?
“I would like to start selling more on the wholesale side for both businesses and to attend a trade fair.”
What makes you passionate about your business?
“Getting good reviews, especially from people that I have made custom orders for.”
Where do you sell?
“Etsy, fairs and in some shops.”
Have you got any other hobbies?
“Making stop motion-films with little props that I have made.”
If you could be an animal, which would you be?
“A lion so that nothing else can eat me.”
What would be one of you greatest achievements?
“The Handmade Fair last September was the first three day event I have exhibited at. Another was making 1200 charms for the Lucky Dip Club subscription boxes last year.”
Anything we should look out for happening in the near future?
“We are taking part in the ‘Happily Ever After Creative Wedding Fair’ on the 12th March where we will have craft kits for hen parties. We are also going to be at Kirstie
Allsopp’s Handmade Fair again this year in Esher in September.”