I found Ellie's beautiful milestone cards on Instagram and knew that they would fit perfectly in my shop amongst our growing nursery and children ranges.
I wanted to find out more about Ellie and her beautiful products, that are available to buy in store and online here.
Who is the face behind the brand?
Ellie, 28. Married and Mum to 18 month old Thomas.
Look at that cheeky little face! How did Eleanor Mary Designs start/begin life?
I made all of my own wedding stationery in the lead up to my wedding, May 2013. This made me realise I had a passion for creating and designing. It took me a while to gain the confidence to start my own business, but after making some milestone cards for a close friend in 2015, and after much support from friends and family, I decided take the plunge in January 2016. It was a fantastic first year, and I am excited to see what happens next!
We love your photo cards that we've been stocking for a few months now, where do you get your inspiration from to come up with original and quirky designs?
I made my first pack of photo cards for a friends Baby Shower gift (her little girl is almost two now!) She was an avid photographer, and I thought some neutral cards would be great but I just could not find any on the market. I was always into making gifts for people, and it just kind of went from there!
We love following you on Instagram, who are your current favourite Instagram accounts that you're following?
Oh my god I am Instagram obsessed! I find myself scrolling through my Insta feed far too often, but I just love it! A few of my faves are @_eviemichelle who makes beautiful hairbands, @magnificentstanley who make the most amazing personalised tees and @birdyandpearl who make the most stunning teething necklaces. All such lovely ladies and successful business women. And I have just realised all these businesses use Liberty print, ha!
*Immediately goes to follow Ellie's favs*
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love to create, first and foremost. It is definitely my passion. Being able to work around my family and spend the rest of my time at home with my boy is so important to me, and something my business has allowed me to do.
Your creativity definitely shines through your products. What is your biggest business achievement so far?
Oh this is hard! I do absolutely love knowing my cards are stocked in actual brick and mortar shops. This is always a proper pinch me moment and I love being part of the Inside Out family!
And we love you being part of our growing family! What is your favourite quote?
I am a serious quote lover, but my favourite does always change depending on my mood/current situation. At the moment I really love 'she turned her can't into cans and her dreams into plans'
What makes you happy/what do you do when you're not working?
I am such a home bird, so when not working, you will mostly find me at home with my family. We like to take long walks near where we live in Shropshire and just generally try to be outdoors as much as possible.
What does a typical day Eleanor Mary Designs look like?
There is never a typical day! Most days do involve a visit to the post office though, and I then try to fit in some work whilst my little boy naps. I try to make sure I am home for nap time to make this possible. And then once he is in bed I then crack on with some more work. I am lucky to have a lot of family nearby though who do have my son occasionally to help with my workload.
Always great to have family to help out when running a small business! Are there any exciting new projects on the horizon for Eleanor Mary Designs?
Yes! I am currently working on three new products, and they are something that I have never made before. I am so excited to start developing my product range more, and cannot wait to reveal them!
How exciting, I can't wait to see what new products Ellie from Eleanor Mary Design brings out in the future. Massive thank you to Ellie from Eleanor Mary Designs for taking part in Inside Out Meet the Maker.
Make sure you are following both of us on Instagram to stay updated with new products and pictures.
Eleanor Mary Designs @eleanormarydesigns
Inside Out Gifts @insideoutgifts
Don't forget we also have free postage until end of August, just use the code 'insideoutsummer' at the checkout.
Until next time,