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Friday, September 5, 2014

Amazing Mom: Merete Rasmussen, Lille Mus

We all love accessories. And one of the fun perks of being a Mom is dressing up your kids- at least until they're old enough to tell you otherwise! While there are plenty of cute items for girls out there it can be slim pickings to find cute accessories for your little lads. Today's Amazing Mom not only makes adorable pieces for girls, she's filling the gap in the market for little boys too. Meet Merete Rasmussen of Lille Mus, who's turning her previous career as a fashion & textile instructor into a business she manages from home while raising her two daughters. 

What kind of products and/ or services do you offer?

I am the designer and owner of Lille Mus, a modern and stylish line of eco-friendly accessories for kids based in Vancouver. I make headbands, bowties, ties and hair clips in all sizes from newborn to adult, with the main focus on children.
At Lille Mus we aim to be as friendly as possible to nature and the children wearing our products by using only eco-friendly fabrics. We use vibrant modern prints and colors in our designs for a fun and sophisticated look. All our products are created with comfort and durability in mind.

            What is the price point?
Prices range from $12 to $25. Everything is handmade with high quality eco-friendly fabrics. We offer free worldwide shipping for all online purchases over $25.

            How long have you been operating and how did you start?
I started my online business Lille Mus this summer. Before I had my two daughters I was teaching fashion design and textile science and I have been designing and sewing for many years.  As a stay-at-home mom I was looking for a business idea that would allow me to be home with my children while still pursuing my passion for fashion design.

            How did you decide what to do?
My girls love dressing up and wearing headbands so I started sewing some for them to wear. I had wanted to get back into sewing for a long time but- as all stay-at-home moms know- there are just not enough hours in the day sometimes!
Before I had the girls I used to make intricate patterns and sew large gowns. The headbands were small projects that I could finish in a short time. I really enjoyed doing something creative again and after a while I decided to try and turn it into a business.
          I had lots of help and encouragement from my friends and family. I am lucky that my husband Tyson has a background in software design so he helped me set up the website.

          What is your favourite part of what you do? What is the biggest challenge?
I love everything involved in designing and sewing Lille Mus accessories. I get to plan and make everything from start to finish and there is a real sense of accomplishment when I wrap up an order and go to the post office to mail it to a client. The main thing for me is that it doesn’t feel like work or a chore because it is something that I really enjoy doing.
I love being a mom but it is also really nice to have something else to focus on sometimes. I think it helps me keep my sanity.
I would say the biggest challenge is getting my name and business out there to help get more clients.

            Any advice to other ladies/ moms looking to start their own business?
My advice is to choose something that you are already good at and then find a way to turn it into a business. If you focus on your strengths rather than trying to learn something completely new I think you are more likely to succeed. I also think it is important to do something that you actually enjoy doing so it doesn’t just feel like an extra chore.

So what are you waiting for? Go check out Lille Mus & stock up on goodies perfect for all the lil guys and gals you know (the headbands are so cute, the Mamas might want one too!). 

And just in case you need more motivation, Merete has generously offered a discount for TPB readers: enter promo code TPB25 at checkout to receive 25% off your entire purchase (valid until Friday September 12, 2014). Added bonus: receive free shipping when you spend $25 or more (it won't be hard to do!) ;)

Images courtesy of Lille Mus
Photo credit: Little Treats Photography

To see the entire line from Lille Mus, check out their website or find them on Facebook.

September posts sponsored by Cutie Pie Boutique