Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Gallop - Handcrafted Hobby Horses & More

Beautifully handmade Hobby Horses, sparking creative & imaginative play in children!
Let me introduce you to Amanda...

Hi, my name is Amanda! I am a mum to three beautiful children, 8, 5 & 2. After deciding not to return to sports physiotherapy for a while after the birth of our son, I have helped my husband to run his business and started my own little venture Gallop, managing most of my work at night once the kids are in bed.

When did Gallop start and what inspired you to start?

Gallop 'started' when I first made my eldest daughter two of her own hobby horses when I just wasn't happy with the styles of existing hobby horses. Some toys just don't leave enough room for children to use and develop their own imagination. I love to see my children with the simplest of things, transforming them into whatever their wildest dreams can create; where a child can be lost in a world of their own as their imagination flies - Gallop tries to embrace this with each product that I make.

Do you hand make all of your products?

Gallop products are handmade, and I am particularly proud of all my hobby horse designs, which are made from my own patterns and feature a hand sewn bridle. Handmade means several things to me -

Time: I think that handmade items should have an element of time spent making them, not something necessarily whipped up in a few minutes.

Uniqueness: something handmade that takes time cannot be mass produced and hence has a unique quality to it.

Treasured: handmade items have an element of 'love sewn into them' and become more treasured because of this.

What is your daily routine?
My days revolve around my children: school, playgroup, dancing, soccer and general shenanigans! Sometimes its tough keeping the two separate, but I remind myself that they are only young for so little and why I work from home at night x

What do you love about owning your own business?

Having my own business means I can be with my children during the day – but it can make the nights long! The freedom to create what I like is also such an advantage.

What is your current favourite design?
My favourite design at the moment is probably my latest – the seahorse! It was amazing to see my concept become a reality. It did take a few attempts, but good things take time!

Gorgeous Seahorse

How do you stay motivated/where do you get your inspiration from?
Every item I make has its own uniqueness or story behind it. Whether it be the choice of fabric, a special addition or simply a name added to the bridle of a horse, each one is special. And I believe that the customer also picks up on the time and love that goes into each item, so this is also wonderful motivation.

Do you have any advice for others thinking of starting a business?
What have you got to lose if you try? The quote, ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all’ is very fitting for people looking at a new venture. Give it a go!

How do you relax?
Relax? Whats that? Haha, by trying to focus on the kids when they are with me (and I'll admit I'm not perfect ALL the time!), stepping away from the computer and phone and getting outside with my toes in the sand is a great reminder to take the time to just..... breathe......

Where to from here for Gallop?
I'm always thinking of new products, looking at new fabrics for inspiration, but I try my hardest to keep Gallop as a place for beautifully crafted treasures that many had as children themselves or that can be passed down to children in the future.

Connecting & buying...
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I am so excited to keep in touch with Amanda and follow her beautiful business, thanks so much for chatting with us today

Amanda has ever so kindly given me one of her beautiful handmade capes in the most stunning blue to giveaway to a lucky winner. Please enter via the giveaway tab on Liked. by Becky's Facebook page.


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