I stopped working as a primary school teacher after having my second baby. I have loved to draw for as long as I can remember, and have a degree in fine art. I have always made art in my spare time, and I decided to try my hand at designing some greetings cards. I started with 9 different designs, which I approached the local book shop with, and the owner ordered 4 of each design…..Sarah Lovell Art was born! That was about 2 years ago, and since then, my little business has steadily grown.
I love making art, and the fact that people want to buy my cards, prints and colouring books fills me with happiness and excitement. It’s great that I can work around looking after my children, and that they can see that I am doing something I love and making a success of it. I hope that it will inspire them to do something they love in the future. My daughter (who is my eldest) also loves being creative, one of my favourite things to do is to paint with her. I also love doing commissions, discussing ideas with people, and making their vision a reality.
Through running my own business, I have had to learn how to manage my finances, which does not come easily, (I much prefer the art work) but it has been a good challenge, and I am now getting the hang of it, thanks to my very patient husband!
My business has enabled me to make a success from doing something that I really love. My mistake last year was not keeping track of all my finances in one place, and having to go back and enter it all in one go, I have learned my lesson there!
My husband is very supportive of my business, and is a big fan of my art work. I normally do most of my art while my children are asleep! My eldest is at school full time, my middle child is at pre-school 4 mornings a week, so I work during my youngest’s morning nap time! Apart from that, it’s when they’re all in bed, and on the weekends when my husband can play with them while I do some drawing, although I try not to miss out on too much family time, as we all love spending time together.
I am aiming to build up my profits each year, so by the time my youngest is old enough for school, I can concentrate on ‘Sarah Lovell Art’ as my main income.
At the moment, I am loving making art and running my business, including learning about running the financial side of things , so I wouldn’t want to give it up for anything else , and hope I can continue to make a bigger and bigger success of it.
I haven’t had an ‘I’ve made it’ moment yet, but there are some exciting things to come this year, so watch this space. I am hopping to get my products into some bigger stores , and launch a children’s picture book by the end of the year.
In five years time , I hope to have my products in many more shops, and that my brand will start to become more recognised and associated with beautiful, magical art.