Every month our Online Stalls showcase the very best creative sellers. This months theme is “Spring Ahead”, we have 18 talented creatives on show. Be sure to go and peruse the Stalls to find that perfect gift!
How did it all begin?
My dad used to affectionately call me Mellybee as a teenager and so the name has been around for a while. Although I graduated in 2002 it wasn’t until my husband and I moved to Falmouth (having lived in Wales, Hong Kong, Scotland,) in February 2011 and I invested in a screenprinting kit that I really got going with designing and making the quirky Mellybee products I have in the shop today.
What are your all time favourite product you have produced?
As I tend to come up with designs quite quicky and regularly I find it hard to choose just one all time favourite product- I guess at the moment I’m really happy with my screen-printed Say It cards- they’re simple and bold and do the job effectively!
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Hmm difficult to say – getting the online shop off the ground and also having other shops buy my work has been pretty cool- having people want to buy my work is brilliant!
What’s your best-kept secret?
Having a pen and notepad with me to jot down ideas- who knows where you’ll find your next gem of inspiration!
What is your dreams/plan for the future?
To keep designing and making more products- I always seem to have an idea ticking away and I would love to be in a position where I’ve managed to build up a range of products that I’m happy with.
Do you have any top tips to help other creative sellers?
Take good photos of your products.
Find a design that works and exploit it – i.e. can I use it on a range of products?
Network with other creative people in person-make friends- this work can be lonely!
Get your work out there- sell your work at fairs/events.
Get networking online- its free and easy to connect with others and is a great avenue to building a following online.
Visit the Mellybee Stall.