My name is Hannah Smith and I run a small business called Lush Life Crafts (@lushlife_ldn on Instagram). I grew up and still live in North Norfolk. I originally set out to become a chef in London then decided to pursue a career in Nutrition, which led me to study a degree at Kingston University. I’m currently in my first year and I love it.
I’ve always been obsessed with crafts and it’s long been my escape from everything. I started selling my makes at car boot sales with my mum when I was younger starting with handmade cards. I eventually started a craft stalls in 2016 and opened my Etsy shop, Lush Life LDN, in 2017. At the start my products were very mixed to say the least. I eventually started to narrow my product range down to mostly hair accessories, although I do branch out to key rings, brooches and paper crafts on my Etsy shop.
I usually sell the majority of my products at craft stalls, however since the pandemic began all my planned stalls for the summer have been understandably cancelled. However, it has given me an opportunity to regroup and most importantly, get organised! I now have a sort of office /work room to work from, which has made things so much easier. This time has also given me an opportunity expand my business online via virtual markets such as Makers Market from Home and through Facebook and Instagram.
Makers Market from Home has given me an fantastic opportunity to expand my business and my network. I’ve met so many fantastic creatives and makers through this platform, and it’s really encouraging to see so many makers together supporting each other. That’s what Makers Market from Home means to me, its a family of creatives and makers, supporting each other through unprecedented and uncertain times.
Watch Hannah’s interview on our Midday Makers series on IGTV.
Visit her Instagram @lushlife_ldn