Meet Angela (& Matt, Jonty & Jesse the Jack Russell!!). Angela is the owner of Lollapalooza Living and the creative lady supplying us with the most beautiful beaded necklaces. They have been flying out of the store, good job Angela is so brilliant and gets orders to us within a day or two! They make a great small gift, especially in neutral colours when you are buying for someone who has everything! Grab a cuppa and read on to find out more about the lady behind the beads!
1// How did your business begin? When / where / how did it all start?
I think I was born to run my own business. From the time I was in high school I have always been running some little business or another! As I have gone along I have always been on the look out for things to make/ do or sell so one business idea has always lead to another. I started selling imported jewellery from home in 2007. This then lead to me running a very big and busy online jewellery store called The Daisy Chain. After doing that for a number of years I decided I couldn’t keep up with the stress, late nights, demanding customers and suppliers who just seemed to be constantly letting me down. I decided to take it easy and be a stay at home mom for a while. However, that entrepreneurial streak just wouldn’t let me rest.
My Dad has always bought and sold antiques and collectables so I decided to get involved a bit with the family business. We took some space at a local shop and did a few markets as well. With every lot of antiques you buy you always find a few really pretty china pieces which are broken beyond repair and I started to think a way to use these. This led to me making a range of jewellery from broken china. Once I started making my own jewellery I felt inspired to try a whole lot of new and exciting ranges… looking at what people were wearing and following fashion trends. I have kept this business smaller and more personal than the website and I love making my own stock. It is very rewarding.
2// Why do you do what you do?
As I said previously I think having my own business is what I was meant to do. If I am not being creative I get bored and depressed. I love being able to earn an income but still enjoy the flexibility of being a “stay-at-home-mom” to my two little boys.
3// When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?!
I wanted to be a famous author … like the next Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte. Sadly the world has lost out on that great talent – ha ha.
4// What inspires you when designing new products?
I am always looking at what people wear and what looks good. I try to be original but obviously it is great to look at pinterest, books and magazines for ideas. When designing new ranges I have to think of items that look attractive but are not too fussy to make. As soon as things start taking too long to make, you have to charge too much and I like to keep my prices reasonable.
5// What are your hopes and dreams for your products?
I just love it when people feel like they have bought something beautiful or special that hasn’t cost them a fortune. My biggest hope is that I can keep producing goods which people will want to buy!
6// What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learnt so far in your business journey?
The most valuable lesson would probably be perseverance. There have been many times when things have gone wrong and I have made bad decisions. When that happens you can’t just throw in the towel. You have keep trying new things, keep being positive and always do your very best. My husband is the very best at reminding me to persevere when I feel like giving up – he has been a wonderful supporter!
7// Why should our customers buy your products?
They should buy them because they are good value for money, locally made and made with lots of love. But most of all it makes me very happy when they do (smile) – I honestly appreciate the support of each and every person.
8// What’s your favourite product from your line?
I love the broken plate pendants because each one is unique and they are fun to make. But shame, all my products are like my children and I can’t really have a favourite child can I?
9// About you? What’s your – Top Song? Top Food? Top beverage? Top Place? Top movie?
Top Song: Thinking out Loud (Ed Sheeran) – is that terribly unoriginal?
Top Food: Mutton Curry (now I am feeling hungry)
Top Beverage: Coffee (my husband makes the best cappuccino)
Top Place: I honestly love my home more than anywhere in the world. My bed, my couch, my kitchen, my garden and most of all – my family!
Top Movie: I love most of the movies based on Jane Austen books. I watched Emma Thompson’s Sense and Sensibility when I was in Standard 7 and at the time I literally thought it was the best movie in the history of mankind!
10// And lastly imagine you are heading out for dinner with a bunch of creative geniuses – who would be sitting around the table with you?
Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters, Enid Blyton, Beatrix Potter, Agatha Christie, Herman Charles Bosman and my husband. They would have a lot to say and I am sure it would be a very interesting evening! I might even end up being inspired enough to write that long awaited novel!
These beauties are in store now – R80.