This month’s Made in Yorkshire feature is Sarah of Dillymoo Designs. Sarah’s new business popped up in my Facebook feed and I was really drawn to her colourful, happy creations!
1. How long have you lived in Yorkshire?
I’ve lived in Yorkshire all my life (bar 18 months when I lived in St Ives, Cornwall in my late teens).
2. What are your top 3 places in Yorkshire to visit with your family?
My 3 favourite places to visit are quite varied actually. We spend quite a bit of time in Filey and have just discovered Sandsend near Whitby; what a lovely little place. Ideal for the kids as they spend all day paddling about in the stream that all of a sudden turns into the sea!
I love Harrogate. I live in Rawdon so Leeds is probably slightly closer, but I’d much rather have a potter around Harrogate as I’m not a massive fan of the hustle and bustle of city life.
We visit a lot of tearooms too. On a rainy afternoon we’ll often go to Hightrees garden centre and play scrabble and eat cake!
3. What three words would you use to describe Dillymoo Designs?
Colourtastic (not a real actual word I know, but it fits the bill!).
4. Why did you start your business?
Dillymoo is very new to me. It’s only a few weeks old! My daughters are getting older and I’m finding myself with a little more time on my hands. I’ve always had a passion for fabrics, but never really found the time to do much other than run up a few cushions or pictures for the girls bedrooms.
Whilst in our favourite little tapas place in Kirkstall, we all decided, that now I’m almost 40, I need follow something that’s been on the back burner for almost two decades! The girls think it’s great and I’m really enjoying it.
5. What is your most popular product?
So far my most popular product has been the rainbows. I personalise them and can alter the colours to suit each customer.
6. Which product is your personal favourite?
I have so many ideas floating around in my head at the moment! Some of my favourites I haven’t gotten to make yet! The iced lollies are proving popular and I really enjoy making them.
7. What do you like the most about running your own business?
I work part time as a retail manager in a nursery store (there’s nothing I don’t know about a Bugaboo or a Snuzpod!). Dillymoo fits around the hours I work in store really well.
8. What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
At the moment I’m concentrating on building up my stock levels. Most things are handstitched and take quite some time to make, so at the moment there’s not enough hours in the day. The house is over flowing with watermelons, rainbows and stars!
9. What advice would you give to someone looking to start their own business?
I’d definitely recommend giving it a go if you’re thinking of starting up a business of your own. After all, you don’t know how it’ll go until you give it a good old bash!