Welcome Ann from Wiggles Bear. Ann is a very local business that I met through Instagram. I’m excited for you all you meet Ann and celebrate her real and business birthday when this post goes live. Without further ado lets meet Ann! “Hi, I’m Ann, from Wiggles Bear. I love to play with words and I create plaques, signs, mugs and more with quirky quotes, fun phrases and slogans. I am also a children’s author and have had 2 picture books published. I Started Wiggles Bear in 2018 in the midst of a very difficult year for me. It gave me something to focus on when and chance to use my creativity in a positive way.”
I’ve loved following Ann’s story over the last 2/3-ish years and as with my other guest features I wanted to know what inspired Ann to start her small business. “Originally I was going to run a business selling eco friendly party bags but although I was committed to the idea and still hate plastic filled party bags it didn’t fully allow for my creative side. In the October, just as I was launching, I did a brushstroke lettering workshop and was hooked. I then started to explore how I could combine my love for puns and quotes with lettering and painting. The rest as they say is history.
I also wanted something I could do alongside writing my children’s books and developing my role as a children’s author.”
AUTHOR… yes you read correctly. Ann is a children’s book author and has written 2 short stories. I’ve asked Ann to cover what inspired her to create such amazing books. “Many years ago when my eldest was little he wanted a sea themed bedroom. I painted some sea creatures that he picked onto his wall. We then started to create characters and stories for the creatures. I still have copies of little books he made up for the penguin on his wall called Pip. I had always wanted to be an author, even as a child, but had been convinced my spelling and grammar wasn’t good enough. However in 2017 my son convinced me to give it go and write the stories down and so I started.”
Ann and I met through craft and finding out she was an author was an amazing surprise although it is an amazing achievement I really want to talk about the craft side of Ann’s life. I’ve asked Ann to tell us a little bit more about her craft business and what its like to run.
“Wiggles Bear is named after my kids, it is a combination of their two nicknames. I work mainly with MDF to create plaques, signs and decorations but added mugs to my range as I love a good slogan mug. I have found I love painting more than I realised and have started a colour block range of coasters and tea light holders with plans to add place mats too. My items can be general home decor that you can treat yourself to or make gifts for others. I have included some items for younger children too such as bow holders, name plaques and bookends.
It is harder than you think and such a steep learning curve, but equally it is so fulfilling. The happy dance is a real thing and I can assure everyone it honestly happens whenever I get an order. I love being able to create personalised items as it is amazing to be able to create something that special for someone. My advice would be don’t forget self care (we all need time out), block your time and prioritise, no one can do everything.”
Christmas is definitely my favourite time of the year and I’m excited to see Wiggles Bear’s Christmas range (pictured above). I wanted to know what we can expect from Wiggles Bear over Christmas. “I love Christmas and I’ve got really excited about some of the new items I’ve released this year. I held my official launch week at the end of September so everything is now listed in my nuMonday and Made by Mums shops. I love Rudolph so I’m pleased to have extended my range of Rudolph Decorations to include a personalised option and new initial designs too. Also I have introduced some new festive plaques this year in classic red, green and gold combo or a frosty cool blue, silver and white all on oak veneer which offers a lovely textured finish.”
As mentioned above its Wiggles Bear’s second birthday and Ann has some special promos running over on Instagram and Facebook but Ann would love to offer all my readers an amazing DISCOUNT code ‘HEV10’ which you can use on either of Wiggles Bear’s shops. How exciting is that! I’m really excited and am off for a nosey at the Wiggles Bear Christmas collection.
Enjoy your cuppa,
All Images on this post are copyright of Wiggles Bear, Hev’s Home Crochet has been given permission to use them for illustrative purposes.