I love nothing more than supporting a start up business. What makes this ‘Ella Loves Local’ feature even more wonderful is that the super cool Mum behind this business is a fellow Primary School Teacher, who has put her talents to good use. Lucky or all of us! Annette’s love for the humble button has seen her launch a beautiful business – Cutee as a Button – creating personalised, bespoke canvas artworks for childrens’ spaces. Using buttons to add detail to her work, she hand crafts each piece with love and attention. Simple shapes, cute ideas and bright colours make her pieces stand out from the rest. Here are some of my favourites so far…
1. What inspired you to start Cuteee_as _a_button_?
As a child, I would frequently visit my grandmother. There were never many toys we could play with and so I was drawn to colour sorting buttons. To this day, I am not sure what it was, but I loved playing with them and could do so for hours! It wasn’t up until a few months ago, where I decided to collect as many buttons as I could to potentially create art pieces.
- How do you juggle business and family?
I must admit, it is very hard at times, but the best time that I can focus on creating art pieces is when my daughter has her daytime naps. I take this opportunity to really embrace and hone in on what I love to do and that is creating button art pieces.
3.. What has been your proudest moment so far?
My proudest moment so far is receiving feedback, whether it is through a verbal conversation face-to-face, or comments written on social media. It really has boosted my confidence, especially knowing somewhere someone admires what I am making and wants it displayed in their children’s nursery/kids room.
- What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge is finding the time to balance everything. I work part time as a primary school teacher, therefore I do a lot of correcting year 4 tasks at home, there is housewife duties and of course being the best mother I can possibly be for my daughter.
- What is your advice to others wanting to start their own business?
Have passion for what you intend to do and embrace the journey that lies ahead.
- Three words that describe cuteee_as a_button?
unique. creative. handcrafted.
- What’s your favourite current product in your line?
My favourite product would be the parrot and toucan button art pieces. Combined, they look amazing.
- Pay it forward to another local business. Cuteee_as a_button loves…
Charlie and Jae- creative wall hooks that are handmade
Annette’s creations are just divine! To see her latest creations and order, email her directly via firstname.lastname@example.org and check her out via Instagram @cutee_as_a_button