On the 20th and 21st February 2021, we brought the fabulous craft community back together and hosted our fourth #Postablepopup market! We were ecstatic to welcome around 300 UK based, small independent businesses to our market over the weekend. The hashtag featured a vast range of products from self-care kits, to canine accessories to hand-crafted ceramics, all of which were beautifully presented from the comfort of each maker’s home. With physical markets not able to go ahead due to lockdowns, our online solution has created a community-driven event, that fosters real connections, encourages positive shopping small habits and provides a unique space for shoppers and makers to collide, and for small businesses to continue to show up and showcase themselves within a safe space online.
In the preparation for this market, we encouraged our makers to harness their creativity and really step outside their comfort zones in order to make the most out of the weekend. To supplement our guide of tips for creatives, we put together an Instagram challenge to push makers to experiment one step further online, whilst sharing more detail about themselves and their business with their customers. We were blown away with the responses we received and so began early our nominees for the next #Postablepopup Awards!
This time we hosted 6 awards and today we are proud to share with you our winner of February 2021 Green Finger... Meet Lisa!
When Lisa became a parent, she came to realise just how much waste a household can get through and so began to make lifestyle changes that would benefit the world and her family. Her passion for craft and sustainability worked hand in hand in creating a business that sells beautifully made and reusable organic cotton products. Lisa won our Green Finger award because of her mission to help her customers reduce their waste and move towards a plastic-free life. Lisa wants her customers to have and enjoy using eco-products that should be good for the planet, as well as the home.
Where did your love of your craft come from?
My love of craft came from my mum. She has a love for everything creative and would always find crafty projects for me to do as a child. She has been busy during the lockdown making cards for friends and family spreading joy the best way she knows how.
What made you want to start your small business?
Since becoming parents nearly 4 years ago, I became keenly aware of the amount of non-recyclable waste that parenthood can bring. We decided to make some choices that would lessen our impact on the environment. When the decision came for me to return to work, it seemed natural to turn my passion into my profession.
What is your favourite thing about taking part in #postablepopup?
It is the sense of community. The first year, I was quite shy and reserved and kept myself to myself. This year, I was determined to get behind other creatives and share their posts as well as get involved with the Instagram challenge. I really enjoyed hosting my first couple of Instagram lives with other creative businesses and sharing their stories with my audience. We were nervous, to begin with, but soon the passion for our work took over and all the nerves disappeared (That was until I realised I’d forgotten how to end a live session).
Who or what has helped you stay inspired to create new work during lockdown?
My family has really supported me, they are my biggest cheerleaders. Outside of my family, I have also found the fresh ideas and advice from creative business coaches, @jo_at_firain and Instagram @easyinstamcr to be inspiring. Their fresh ideas and community spirit has helped me not to give up and to get out of my comfort zone. Also taking part in the #marchmeethemaker challenge with @joannehawker helped me to get out of the mental hibernation that the winter can bring and come up with fresh ideas to share with my audience. Oh and obviously @postablepopup, but that goes without saying.
If you could choose any independent business, who would you love to collaborate with?
What’s your favourite thing you’ve ever made?
Pre business, a clay gorilla head. It was supposed to be a self-portrait, but I dropped it and not wanting to waste good clay, I resigned it to be a gorilla head. Sadly it is long gone, but always puts a smile on my face when I remember him.
If you could describe your shop in three words, what would it be?
Good for everyone
What’s your favourite thing about owning a small business?
My favourite thing is the flexibility to choose my own working hours and the fact it allows me to spend quality time with my daughter. Children don't stay young for long, while she wants me to be around, I'm happy to be the centre of her world.
What advice would you give to fellow small businesses that you wish you knew when you were starting out yourself?
Do your research, and let it grow naturally. By that I mean, not to expect your business to grow overnight, but be happy with the speed it grows at and celebrate small victories.
Thank you so much for sharing with us Lisa!
If you would love to find out more about Mersey Wax Wraps and see her latest designs then you can follow Lisa on Instagram @merseywaxwraps
And if you would like to check out more of what Lisa has to offer, can head to her store via www.merseywaxwraps.com
To read more about our other winners, head to the Curated Makers blog here
To find out more about the Postable Pop-Up and when our next market will be held, click here