The full story of Being Me – Handmade
I am Celeste, owner, blogger and creative mind behind Being Me – Handmade.
Being Me – Handmade is not only an online store but it also tells the story of how I got to not only write which I love through blogging but also how I came to creating and selling my brand of handmade décor and lifestyle goods online. I started blogging about my parenting journey in 2012 and over the course of the next number of years, many things changed, steering my blog first into a nosedive and then into a completely different direction. I am still on the same parenting journey, but now more on a road to self-discovery, which is being propelled, along, through a creativity I had forgotten I had.
To put you in the picture, this love of making beautiful things was crushed by harsh words and verbal assumptions made upon me as a child and young adult and for the longest time I just didn’t feel that I, or what I made was good enough or that I was even able to do it so I completely stopped. I really struggled for years to overcome this obstacle of self-limitation by a wrong belief that I had about myself and needed to come up with a way to incorporate my passion for writing with my passion for creating pretty things because I knew that this was the only way I was going to find myself. And then, it happened and I read this quote, which you see on the homepage of my website.
“A woman should be two things: who and what she wants”, Coco Chanel.
It was only when I read it, that everything fell into place. I am self-taught on the sewing machine and not expert by any stretch of the imagination. I love what I do and I love making pretty things for beautiful women and their homes. I am inspired by a Scandinavian decor style and a relaxed fashion and lifestyle look with a boho flair. I love being able to make something well and with a passion that hopefully shines through in my work. I insist on quality over quantity and that is why you will only find very limited numbers of items in very often one of a kind fabric choices. Wherever possible I will only work with natural fabrics and will be very clear about the materials I use before selling them to you. I believe that you must truly love the things you put into your home or wear and so my hope is that you will find that one special thing on my store that speaks to you, as it has spoken to me while I was making it. I design and create all my goods in my small sewing studio above my garage at my home In Cape Town.
There is that old cliché that says ,“Don’t mix business with pleasure” well I’m going to go totally against that, by doing what I love and learning so much about myself on the ride and with that I am incredibly grateful, that I get to turn my passion into a business along the way so that I can share my passion with other’s too.
My bigger dream involves empowering other’s to earn an income by helping me with my production but that is something to look forward to in the future. Let me get this baby off the ground first.
The blog is still very much a part of this space. Sometimes you may find me blogging about business things, about new products and things I make. About nice idea’s I have seen, and about things that make my mind pop with ideas. Other times you will find me writing about life and much similar content to what you currently find already written. It may be one of my children’s birthday parties or it may be something more personal or emotive, at this stage, I really cannot say. One of the biggest fears I had when changing my blog to include and online store would be that people would think I was just doing it to make money and that is was just going to be another online shop. That is not what I want. I want this journey to tell a story, and the things I make and create are part of that story.
Welcome, I am thrilled to have you here.