Another amazing interview with a gorgeous mommy run Insta account and a local brand meet Annette Griesel:
Q: What is your Name and your Instagram handle?
A: Annette Griesel from @little.handmade
Q: Which social platforms are you currently on?
A: FB & Instagram
Q: When did you start your business specifically relating to children? When did you start your Instagram page?
A: Living in the small town of Bethlehem in 2012 we didn’t have any cute baby stores, so if someone had a baby shower, they would end up with many of the same gifts from our local Woolies. Practicing as a Biokineticist then, I started making clothes to give as gifts to my friends on their baby showers. When we moved to Bloemfontein in 2013, my little hobby has already grown beyond the “hobby” phase and I had to make the difficult choice: stay with what I know and go on practicing in my field, or take a leap of faith into the unknown….I took the leap. I started my Instagram page in 2015
Q: What is the best and worst thing about being an Instagram Mommy/ Instagram business woman / Blogger?
A: The best thing about doing what I do is feeling like I am always “playing”, the worst thing, is having to juggle everything, in the course of 24 hours I need to be a designer, seamstress, human resources manager, accountant, admin person, logistical manager, financier etc, all while begin a full-time mommy and wife.
Q: You have a trusted babysitter and the night off what would you do?
A: That usually happens when grandma and granddad is in town. Bloemfontein unfortunately doesn’t offer a big variety of entertainment at night, so we (me and my lovely husband) would usually go out to a restaurant. It’s quite fun to actually finish our food at the same time – hehe. My husband is an old soul, so If we had the entire night to ourselves, we would put on some golden oldies, open a bottle of wine and just cuddle.
Q: How important are trends for you with regards to what you buy for your children or yourself?
A: I like having a few items that are trending at the moment, but I won’t change my entire wardrobe every season to keep up with it. I like wearing items that are plain, with no prints on, that way I can keep up with the fashion with my accessories, I am the same when buying clothes for my boy. With my child I don’t mind the trends as much, he is way too small to know what he is wearing, and I never want him to be conscious of the “brands” he is wearing, your heart is way more important than your sleeve. I often buy end of season sale items for him to wear the next season, so that definitely won’t be on trend then. Quality, however, is extremely important for me
Q: Who are your current top children’s brands or local brands in South Africa?
A: If I could I would have a Bella Poppelina crochet item in every room in my house. I am also a big Dandy Lion fan; the quality is great.
Q: Do you think South Africa should have a Kids Fashion week?
A: Yes, yes, yes, that would be so much fun, says the business woman in me. As a mother, I have mixed feelings about it, I am so cautious not to raise children that judge a person by what they wear. I love dressing my boy up, and I don’t change his “nice” clothes before he goes to play in the sand, because I don’t want play to be stopped for something as silly as clothes.
Q: Which Instagram Mom/Moms/Blogger/Business woman inspires you?
A: I love Mari-Louise from Just a Mamma and Chenel from Raising Little James. Daily mirror is a page I can never get enough of.
Q: If you could ask a fellow Instagram Mom/Blogger/Instagram Business one question, what would that be?
A: I would like to see everyone’s time-management tips
Q: If you have anything in addition that you would like to mention please feel free to add that
A: Most of the local children’s brands (those that do not sell imported goods) use local materials, local printers and local workers, the sad truth about supporting local, is that it is expensive. My fabric is woven for me, by a mill in Cape Town, a mill that has been closed down twice, because it is cheaper to buy imported fabric, so local companies don’t support them. The thing about using local fabric is that the quality is phenomenal and consistent, you never know what you are going to get when your fabric from China arrives here. The problem is, that local consumers do not know that, if the public are educated about this, I am positive that they will support more local brands, and that way we can keep the mills open and save thousands of jobs!
Annette it was lovely to meet you and we hope that when you visit Cape Town again you will come and pop round for a coffee. All the best in Bloemies 😉