Saturday, 30 July 2011

How it all began

In case you are new to milly and pip, we are a small company based in Derbyshire, UK. We make personalised gifts and cards, all handmade from recycled and found materials.

I have sewn since I was a little girl.

Me - many, many years ago
Don't worry, although it looks like I am strangling the kitten, it did live to a ripe old age (but it never did like being picked up!)

I studied fashion design at Uni and went on to work as a children's fashion designer for the high street. After 16 years, I felt I needed a new challenge. Whilst deciding on my next move, I made some cushions for my home and some baby gifts for friends. It reminded me of how much I enjoyed sewing and I began to wonder whether this could be my new career.

I made some more items and displayed them in a local art exhibition at the Beetroot Tree. It was there where I was approached by a local gift shop who wanted to stock my products. 4 more gift shops later, I stumbled across on the internet. I spotted the 'sell with us' link at the bottom of the page. Over a glass of wine, I filled out the form and clicked send. To my suprise I received an email back the next day accepting me to join......

Me now & some milly and pip products

 ........and that was 2 1/2 years ago.


  1. Really Love this post! I like how you decided you needed a new challenge and just went for it!

  2. Thanks Lucy, I must admit that it was quite a difficult decision to make at the time. I decided to save up so that I had some financial security behind me, that was probably the best decision I ever made.


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