A Deeside mum has launched her own jewellery-making business - inspired by and named after her three-year-old daughter.
Sophie Logue, 24, is a single mum to daughter Lottie. She set up Lottie’s Lockets to give herself something to do in the evenings when her daughter was in bed.
“I tried a lot of different hobbies, but nothing really stuck, until I found jewellery making,” said Sophie. “Initially, I started making for friends and family - and myself, of course!”
Sophie had always been interested in working for herself and thought she could make a go of selling jewellery to the public.
To gain more experience on the business side - including accounts and business law - she attended Aberdeen College, studied accounting and will be graduating with a HNC in November.
“Since going full time with Lottie’s Lockets in January 2011, where I sell my jewellery on Facebook, I have gained over 2,000 fans and receive constant orders for sales of my jewellery from across the UK and as far as Germany, the USA and India,” she said. “The best word to describe my jewellery would be colourful. I am never shy to mix colours with my pieces, I use alot of semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals and a whole variety of other materials.
“I am inspired by fashion, the way it changes, bold colourful fabrics and prints, which give me lots of insight when choosing new materials.
“My daughter is also a very big inspiration in my work. She has a very bright personality and being her mother pushes me to be the best I possibly can at what I do.
“Lottie also inspired me to create a jewellery collection for children, so every little girl can feel like a princess, wearing special jewellery handmade for them.
“The range has proved very popular and is constantly selling out online and at fairs.” Sohpie says she loves working with children and has recently started to look into children’s jewellery parties and classes.
“Recently, I have taken part in Arting Around at Crathes Castle’s first birthday celebrations, where I helped around 15 kids to create a lovely bracelet to take home,” she said. “As a warranted Rainbow leader in Banchory, I have lots of experience with working with children.
They are lots of fun to teach and very creative and most of the time inspire me in what I make!
“Due to Lottie’s Lockets’ continual increase in popularity, I have spent the last few months working with web designers to create my first website.
It’s very exciting and will make the business more professional and also cut down the administration for me, so I have more time to create jewellery to sell to my demanding customers.
The website will be launching in the middle of August.
“I am constantly pinching myself that I am living the dream, working for myself and loving what I am doing.
Balancing work life and my family life is very challenging at times, but also very rewarding as I am hopefully inspiring Lottie and other people that you can follow your dreams and if you work hard enough you can make those dreams a reality.”
Lottie’s Lockets can be found at: www.facebook.com/lottieslockets