Monday, 30 November 2015

The Hippy Rose - Guest Blog Post

When picturing an entrepreneur, you might imagine a twenty-something from the apprentice, or a wacky professor flogging something on Dragons’ Den. But Rose is a 61 year old bohemian who picked up her crochet hooks and launched her own business The Hippy Rose earlier this year with the help of her daughter, Allie, and Allie’s best friend, Beth.

Rose is the crafter of the team, making all the sewn, knitted and crochet goods to be sold on Etsy, as much as the girls have tried, crocheting is not their strong point, although they have been known to make a few pom-poms when demand is high.

“The year I turned 60, I decided to try 60 new things, some of which were to join Instagram, Pinterest, go to a screen printing class and master crochet. After years of sewing and knitting, making my own clothes from when I was a teenager using the tricks my mother taught me, I wanted to further my skills, so using all my new Pinterest boards and hoards of craft magazines, I finally taught myself how to crochet, making presents for Allie and Beth and the rest of our family.”

“Then when I turned 61, I thought it was about time I should do something I’ve always dreamed of, selling my work. With Allie and Beth’s digital skills and plenty of encouragement, I opened The Hippy Rose. At first, I was very nervous and scared, especially at my age, and had trouble comparing myself to others I found on Instagram. I still do that now, but with the girls’ support, I realised, what have I got to lose? Now we’ve made sales from across the world and we’re taking part in craft fairs! I’m doing something I really enjoy and it’s something I can be proud of. I’ve made new friends, learned countless new things, kept my mind active, filled my spare time, and brought me and the girls closer than ever. My next thing to master the overlocker, an early Christmas present from the hubby. Fingers crossed!”

Left to Right - Beth, Rose, Allie

Allie is in charge of marketing, taking what she learns at uni and using it to her mum’s advantage, with social media accounts and a carefully curated brand identity, whilst Beth helps with social media scheduling and sharing. It’s a bit of a girl-powered family affair.

Elephant Neck Pillow - By The Hippy Rose

“Crafting has always been a thing in our family. My nan taught my mum how to knit and sew when she was younger, and thanks to my mum, I’ve known how to sew since I was practically a toddler. Over the years we’ve made Halloween costumes, handmade presents and even a prom dress – which says a lot about my mum’s sewing abilities, I wouldn’t trust just anyone with making my prom dress! I’ve always told her that she’s talented enough to sell her crafts, but she never believed me. I guess after all those years of nagging I finally twisted her arm! I’ve never been so proud, seeing her do something she truly loves and ship her work all around the world is a gift I’m really grateful for.”

Huge thanks to Rose, Allie and Beth for such a brilliant first guest blog post on our blog!
Head over to The Hippy Rose Etsy Shop here - there's lots of great Christmas gift ideas!
And be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook too.

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