Hello! Maimei is here to bring you a little love from ilovehearts, a hearty place filled with so much warmth and love. Pink hearts, delicious pink cupcakes, lovely pink flowers and pink jelly desserts…lots and lots of pink! We love how girly and feminine her creations look and absolutely love all the cute things she makes.
We are inviting you to join her in her sweet handmade journey and hope she makes you smile as much as she makes us smile. Now, are you ready for lots of fabulous pink stuffs?
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and ilovehearts. Why ilovehearts?
Hello Heart Lovers… My name is Maimei, I love to design and make cute and colourful decorations and deliciously fun accessories for you and for me. Oh so gorgeous little gifts to make you smile which have been handmade in the UK.
I used to collect all things heart-shaped and heart-covered… spoons, socks, jewellery, T-shirts and cushions, as well as eating plenty of heart-shaped sweets, biscuits and yummy cakes. In fact, I still can’t resist them!
That’s how the name came about and how I started making my own handmade felt love hearts. I love to create new designs and shop for new supplies. You can never have too many…
2. How did you get started in doing what you do? How long have you been creating?
I have always enjoyed learning and making things. I wanted to do something creative in my spare time away from working in marketing. So I bought a few sheets of felt, some embroidery thread, a metre of red ribbon and a bag of stuffing. That was just over two years ago and I haven’t looked back.
I began by making lovely decorations of my own to bring colour and happiness to my home. I have since developed the ilovehearts range to include other felt decorations and accessories; such as brooches, keyrings, magnets, hair clips and rings. My dream of running my own little shop full of things I love has really come true.
3. Where do you get your inspiration?
I find inspiration all around… from family and friends, holidays, shopping trips, cakes, fruits, flowers and smiles. I love simple, colourful designs… especially cute things, pink things and sweet things.
I love felt as it is the first material I used when learning how to sew at school. It evokes a feeling of innocence and charm. Felt comes in a whole rainbow of colours, is easy to use and is simply soft and fuzzy.
Sometimes it could be a beautiful button, bead or ribbon which inspires a new creation too.
4. How do you find balance between your creative life and your family?
It’s just me and Mr Mac at home, so while he is busy working on his graphic design projects I am busy designing, making and selling my cute creations. His passions are cars and motorbikes… He gets to experience the wonder of craft fairs and I get to visit amazing vintage car shows. I think that’s a fair trade.
I have been spreading the creative bug to my sisters and our lovely Mum, who have also been making things all along. Be it amigurumi bunnies and other animals to delicious scones and cupcakes. I hope to stock their gorgeous items soon…
5. What was your first creation? Do you have a favourite heart?
My first creation was a pink felt love heart with the word “love” in cream felt letters and a heart-shaped glass bead in the centre of the letter O. You may have noticed that pink is my favourite colour, love is my favourite word and hearts are my favourite shape.
My favourite heart is the Union Flag love heart. When I sell my creations at craft fairs, I am often asked whether they are made by me and where I live. This love heart helps to promote the growing trends of buying handmade and buying locally made items. The first one I made took over 4 hours, so it was a real labour of love.
6. What is your favourite dessert?
Oh, there are so many fabulous desserts… it’s difficult to choose just one. However, if there is a fruit crumble on the dessert menu, I think I would choose to have it – preferably with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.
7. Do you bake? What do you bake?
I’m afraid I only bake very occasionally. My signature piece is a chocolate and ground almond based cookie cut into small hearts. I named them ‘Love Bites’ – bite-sized hearts of yumminess that melt in the mouth. I took two recipes and merged them together to make my own secret combination. I would love to be able to make macarons and cake pops too…
More of ilovehearts creations:
Luulla store: http://www.luulla.com/store/ilovehearts
Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/gcTi7m