The end of May marks Love Carli’s first birthday. It’s a very proud and exciting time, so I’d like to take a moment to muse on the past year and say thank you to all the people who have supported me.

Starting a small creative business is a lot of things. It’s terrifying, it’s exciting and it’s challenging. It requires focus, passion, determination, patience and sacrifice. You have to be prepared to be bookkeeper, accountant, sales person, marketer, business developer and designer all at once and the motivation to take it all on has to come from you alone. The challenges you face are more difficult because it’s up to you to figure out how to overcome them, but the successes are sweeter because you built them.

The most difficult part of starting Love Carli was that I didn’t really know what I was doing. I had the ideas, I had the skills and I had certain goals in mind, but I had no idea where to start - there was so much I didn’t know. I didn’t have a background in business nor did I know anything about accounting, but I’m a hard worker, I’m resourceful and I’m pretty stubborn. So for every problem that arose, I worked until I found an answer and through constant research, evaluation, and long nights Love Carli appeared as if it has always been here.

The best part about Love Carli is the creative freedom it affords me to experience each day, but what I really love is not really having anyone to answer to! I just do my own thing and I’m so lucky that people like the end product and have responded in such a positive way. Realising that everything that the business has become is because I made it that way is incredibly rewarding. It’s a responsibility and an accomplishment I am very proud of.

I am so incredibly grateful for everone who has jumped on board and supported Love Carli this past year. To all of my friends and family who have encouraged me and given me the confidence to keep pushing forward, thank you. To all the very awesome people who constantly endorse, spruik, and ‘like’ Love Carli on my behalf - I love your work, please keep it up! To everyone who has bought a greeting card or print, thank you. To all of the beautiful brides-to-be that have let me play a part in planning their very special day, I have loved meeting all of you, thank you.

Love Carli is one of the most important decisions I have ever made for myself and I wouldn’t be doing anything else for love or money.








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