Small business interview+giveaway! {Brandon, MS photographer}

Today I’m so excited to be doing an interview with Brittany Manning, co-owner of Libby’s Loft in Madison, MS! Libby’s Loft is a yarn lover’s paradise, full of handmade items suited just for the needs of your little one!! I have quite a few things from Libby’s Loft that you’ve seen in a few previous photos of Kaelyn such as this BEAUTIFUL red flower headband,

this brown one, (LOVE)

and this ADORABLE hat made of the softest yarn I’ve ever felt. (seriously y’all, it’s soft!!)

The quality is nothing less than exceptional, and the customer service is great. They are such sweet people. Anyway, enough gabbing, on with the interview!

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When did Libby’s Loft ย begin? Cissi and I started around February 2011.

What inspired you both to start this business? My daughter and her grand baby, Elizabeth (Libby)! It all started by making tutus. I didn’t want to spend $30 on something I could make myself. So I decided to make them and sell them at a more resonable price! ย Children are truly inspirational.

How long have you and Cissi been knitting? My mother in law, Cissi, has been knitting for many years. She learned from her mother who was also a wonderful seamstress! Cissi has been teaching me how to crochet, as well. So far I can only make a beanie, but I hope to improve over the years. I have the best teacher!

What products do you offer? We offer baby gifts and photography props. They range from tutus to beanies of any kind. We also make flower headbands, diaper cakes, and crochet blankets. We are trying to work on the items we have available, but it will expand over time.

What’s your favorite product to make? Diaper cakes! They are so much fun to make! There are so many different ways to decorate diaper cakes so it is never the same thing over and over again. I also love all the yarn. Even though I do not do all the crocheting, I shop for the yarn. I’m like a kid at the candy store!

What’s the best part about your business? Working with my mother in law. She inspires me along with my daughter. I also love the idea of making things for children/babies. I just can’t express the joy & pride we feel when we see pictures of babies in our items!

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone else starting their small business journey? Take it slow, but dream big! It may not take off right away, but it takes time to build up a business. Mistakes occur, but you deal with them and move forward. I’ve always worked for someone else, and the idea of working for myself is wonderful. Libby’s Loft has pushed me to one day be an entrepreneur.

Sounds pretty wonderful, eh? And GUESS what? You can win an ADORABLE owl beanie like this one ย in your choice of colors!

All you have to do is go like Libby’s Loft and like Erin Phillips Photography on facebook, leave some love saying you are coming from the blog, and leave ONE comment here letting us know you did both! The winner will be randomly selected from the comments on this blog post! The contest starts NOW and will end on Friday around noon! Be sure to share with your friends and family!

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  • 2PeasPhotography - “Liked” Libby’s Loft and already a fan of Erin Phillips Photography. Also left a comment on Libby’s Loft saying I came from the blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - I Like you both!! Beautiful products!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa C - “Liked” Libby’s Loft and, of course, already a fan of your FB page!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany Hembree - I “like” you both already! Erin is such a talented photographer and I love all the fun products from Libby’s Loft!ReplyCancel

  • Erin Johnson - already a fan & liked Libby’s Loft & left a comment!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie B - LIKE both LIbbys LOft and Erin Philllips Photography! Love both of yor work! Both very talented!! Erin, you inspire me to do moe with my photography! Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • therese rogan - I was already a fan of both pages, but I left some <3ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Winslow - Leavin’ love and letting you know you’re “liked”! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great interview Erin, and SUCH adorable things!!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Colton - I already “liked” your work a lot!!! Now I like Libby’s Loft too. Will definitely be needing to get some of her adorable hats! Wrote about liking you both on your fb walls….ReplyCancel

  • chantal Erickson - Already a fan of your fb page Erin, but paid a visit to Libby’s Loft and so glad I did. Adorable stuff!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Brandy P - Super cute!! Cant wait till Friday to see who wins this adorable hat from Libby’s LoftReplyCancel

  • Emily Jenkins - Liked both of y’all on fb and posting on my blog too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Super cute hats!ReplyCancel

  • Robin McDonald - The Saving Life sent me! Liked your FB pages!ReplyCancel

  • Tara - Did Both!!!! Loving all these products!! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Lauren LaSource - I liked both of you on facebook…but i must admit, i LOVE both of your work!! Thesavinglife.blogspot.com sent me!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I like you both!!! love it! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Love the owl hat!! Liked you both on FB!!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Webb Alexander - Liked you both and The Saving Life sent me! LOVE the adorable owl hat and I hae a 3 year old little girl who would look SUPER cute wearing it!! :o) Thanks y’all! Many blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Mindy - Like both of y’all. Gorgeous pics and accessories ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - yay!! thanks for this link to libbys…liked you both on FB!ReplyCancel

  • Brittney - I did what was asked and I am now patiently awaiting the results!! I, of course, LOVE your pics and Libby’s Loft FB pics were SUPER cute too!! Can’t wait to hear the results!ReplyCancel

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