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I am Lucy, the face behind the scenes at Made by Olivy - designer, maker, marketing manager, tea maker, social media boss and parcel packer!

I am wife to Mark and mum to Olivia and Ivy (This is where my business name stems from - a mash up of these two!)  and our crazy little dog Rolo 

With my First class degree in Textile Design under my belt I spent the first part of my working life as a knitwear designer, working with many top high street stores which I absolutely loved. I stayed with this after having Olivia (now 15) but once I was pregnant with Ivy (now 11) and a stint as a Freelancer and some lecturing at a local university behind me I knew I couldn't keep up the more than full time hours and the travel that was required and also get the time I needed with my family.... so a change was insight. I spent my first year away from work at home with baby Ivy deciding what to do next.

I have always enjoyed crafts and making things as a hobby from a young age and that is exactly how Made by Olivy began.

A friend was organising a charity fundraising event and asked me if I would like a stall and at the same time I had been making superhero costumes for our family for a party , word of mouth spread and I had orders for superhero capes and birthday rosettes coming in fast and its been blossoming ever since.

Now in my 10th year trading my hobby has turned into a thriving business which I am super proud of. I love the flexibility that working from my home studio gives me around the challenges of day to day family life.

I no longer make the superhero capes but the birthday rosettes have become a firm tradition for so many families.  I love creating something new and unique for them each year.

5 years ago I expanded and purchased a 6 needle embroidery machine - what a game changer!  It was a big investment with many sleepless nights deciding whether to take the plunge - but it has really enabled me to grow my business and offer more products.

Currently my main makes are Birthday Rosettes, bookmarks, personalised keyrings and bag tags. I also release special collections each year for Easter, Halloween, Christmas and Mothers Day including bookmarks, keyrings and hanging decorations.  

Over the last 5 years the Christmas Elf accessory side of my business has grown enormously - I have a separate website and social media for this www.totallyelf.co.uk

 

I am more than happy to produce custom designs and work with you on ideas, just send me over a message to discuss your requirements.

 

I have met some awesome people on my journey so far, without these and my Facebook & Instagram followers my business wouldn't be what it is today, for this I am extremely grateful.

Thanks for reading and I hope you like and enjoy what you see on my website.

Lucy xx

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