For the final instalment of our blog series interviewing brilliant women business owners to celebrate the launch of our brand new business shower templates, we’re talking to the fantastically talented Shantelle, the creative genius behind Lotta Blobs. You’ll probably know Lotta Blobs if you’ve spent any time on instagram in the past year or so: her wavy sculpted mirrors have taken the world by storm, selling like hotcakes every time they’re released – and rightly so! With their aim of ‘adding some joy and colour to your reflection’, we love Lotta Blobs very much – and we also loved hearing how Shantelle’s first year of business has been.
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Shantelle and I am the creator of Lotta Blobs, a small business I run part-time sculpting colourful wavy clay framed mirrors.
Tell us about the start of your business journey.
I began Lotta Blobs during the pandemic in 2020. I was on furlough and was interested in keeping active by working on different creative projects during my time off of work. I was particularly interested in working with my hands as a lot of my full-time job as a Graphic Designer is digital and I missed that element of creativity. After some time exploring different art forms I started working on the prototype of my blob frame from some clay I had laying around and that is how Lotta Blobs was born!
What do you wish you’d known when you were starting out?
I wish I’d known that stressing out about everything doesn’t solve anything so you should just relax!
What’s the one (physical) thing you wish you’d had when you started out?
A bigger desk to work from! For so long I was working on a tiny desk and didn’t invest in a bigger one until months after running Lotta Blobs as I didn’t know how long I’d be going for and just didn’t think I deserved one! I finally invested in one and it makes a world of a difference. Now I just need to treat myself to a comfy desk chair!
What’s the one thing you wish you’d asked for help with?
I struggle a lot with asking for help as I don’t like feeling needy and I’m a bit of a perfectionist! However, I’ve learnt to pass on small jobs to friends and family to give me time to focus on the bigger jobs on hand and prevent me from overworking myself.
What’s your next business milestone coming up and how will you be celebrating?
Lotta Blobs is turning 1 in September! I can’t quite believe it! I’d like to celebrate the milestone by going self-employed and getting a studio. I’ll also be treating myself to a colourful blob themed birthday cake!
What’s your one piece of advice for someone starting a business?
Just be original and your creativity will come naturally!
Thank you so much Shantelle for chatting to us about the Lotta Blobs journey so far – if you want to cop your own Lotta Blobs mirror you can do so on her website. Make sure you’re following her on instagram too, so you can be notified of the next drop. Plus, if you’re feeling inspired to start your own business, you can check out our new business shower templates here.