A Hull teenager has turned her bedroom into a “production line” and is growing a unique business that combines her love of “all things sweet” with her “creative flare”.
Elli Kennington, 19, of the Dukeries, Hull, began her “hobby” this time last year, during lockdown.
She found herself with a “lot of spare time” due to her college being closed.
She now sells unique “sweet treat accessories” on her Instagram page @creationsbyellikenn and has amassed thousands of followers.
“I started of by making polymer clay jewellery, specifically earrings, and expanded to key-rings, hair clips and, most recently, mirrors,” she explained.
“My inspiration behind this came from my love of all things sweet and combining that with my creative flare.”
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Elli said her ideas are planned digitally to begin with.
“My most popular items are my mirrors at present as these are unique and can be customised to the customers’ taste,” she said. “I plan my ideas digitally then transfer them to clay, they are then baked, hand-painted, coated with resin and assembled to either jewellery accessories or mirrors. I then take great care in my packaging of orders ensuring they are safe for dispatch while also being a treat to open.
“I sell through Instagram and, over the past 12 months, I have built up a following of 12,300 and 11,700 on TikTok.”
See some of Elli’s “sweet treat accessories” in the video above.
And Elli said it seems people lover her items just as much as she enjoys making them.
“The response had been overwhelming and totally amazing,” she said. “I love that people love my items as much as I love creating them.
“I am currently studying theatrical and special effects makeup at Hull College and growing my business from my bedroom which has now been taken over into a production line and looks more like an office than a bedroom.”
She added: “Throughout summer, I plan to add to my collection with new exciting items including customisable phone cases and coasters of course including biscuits and sweets. In September, I will return to college to study for my foundation degree working alongside my business.”