My 8th Feature Friday was submitted by Munki Make. I saw their ever so cute animals via twitter of course and had to explore more. What i like about their characters is that they have a range of Munki products that focuses on the Chinese zodiac, instead of the normal zodiac icons we are accustomed to see.
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Your Business Name: Munki Make
Your business url: www.MunkiMake.com
Your blog url: www.munkimake.com/blog-2/
Your name: Sarah (that’s me!) and Tina (my sister) Long
Where you live: South East London
Tell us about the person behind the business:
SARAH: I’m not what you would call “an open book”, that doesn’t mean I like to keep myself to myself, but I like having a few cards tucked away for other people (and myself) to discover. I’m a natural worrier (not warrior unfortunately) but am learning through experiences and time that we can only try our best and que sera, sera. 🙂
TINA: Wow, Sarah was right; it really is difficult to write about yourself! I guess I try not to take life too seriously and if you asked people I know and love, they would probably agree. I love to laugh and make people laugh whether it’s a funny saying, a silly song or a mad dance. I do also have a very organised side to me that loves keeping things in order so please don’t judge me when I say that Excel is my best friend (after big bags of crisps of course!).
What inspires you?
SARAH: People do. I’ve learnt so much through just listening and chatting to people. One of my favourite things to do is just bouncing ideas off my boyfriend! I think it’s the sharing part which I enjoy most.
TINA: Is it corny to say the things I love? I think it’s important that inspiration comes from things close and personal to you as I find it helps me interpret things so much better. I also love to work with things that make me smile; it’s the simple pleasures in life I find are the most rewarding.
How did you get into starting your handmade business?
SARAH: People have always told me I should do something for myself, but I always found an excuse not to. When I was unexpectedly made redundant from a company I spent nearly eight years in, something inside just clicked. My courageous (and a little crazy) side took over and Munki Make was born! Hooray!
TINA: Life and a small ambition of mine. I think I’ve been quite fortunate with my jobs and having good colleagues around me but I always felt there was something missing in these jobs. My sister and I had always talked about working together and then when a situation arose, I guess it was the perfect time to make that dream come true. Plus, I’ve always wanted a business card with my name and job title as co-owner on it; how cool is that?
A list of items you sell
Personalised Cushions: People can add their name and birth year to one of our Zoodiacs characters.
Collectibles Cushions: More Zoodiacs fun!
Your Personal Words:
SARAH: Every day is a learning curve! It can be overwhelming at times, but not everyone can have this privilege of doing what they love for a living, so it would be an utter shame not to make the most of every second.
TINA: After a full day of pinning, cutting and sewing, chances are you’d usually end up with what I call a ‘claw hand’ (the effect of holding scissors for too long!). But then, you see one of your products sitting proudly on a customer’s sofa or someone carrying a tote bag and it makes getting the ‘claw hand’ all worth it.