“Take your brother outside as fast as you can! Now, Dean! Go!
Dad wants us to pick up where he left off. Saving people, hunting things! The family business!”
Ok, so this isn’t that story, but I thought I’d share a little of how I got started making all these bright, colourful things.
Lemon Drops Design kind of came about by accident. Early this year I treated myself to an online styling session with Styled by Susie to help me ‘find my way’ a bit because my Breton striped ‘mum uniform’ just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore. My results came back as a Spring Hourglass which essentially meaned I needed to step away from the grey and navy and start embracing the rainbow again. As a stay at home mum I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on a whole new wardrobe so accessories seemed a good way to start introducing some colour.
Because I love to support small businesses, and makers in particular I turned to Etsy and then Instagram to find what I was looking for. My searches were not fruitless but the only makers I could find that ticked my boxes all seemed to be in Austrailia (those guys know how to do pattern and colour!) and I just couldn’t justify emigrating for earrings. So, instead I set to watching a lot of tutorials on YouTube and Instagram and I had a go myself.
My first pair were a bit ‘rustic’ but they definitely had the bright, slightly 80s aesthetic I was after. And more to the point I had so much fun making them I knew I wanted to make more. I quickly tried again, this time making some colourful leopard print designs and these were a definite winner; in fact they are still my most worn pair. As I started to wear them the I immediately requests from friends, and even strangers started coming and thus Lemon Drops Design was born!
It’s strange to think that 8 months ago I’d never used polymer clay, ever! And now I am playing with it almost every day. It’s still very early days really but I’ve got so many plans and I’m really excited to see what this little business has in its future.