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My name is Helen and I am a mummy of 1, soon to be 2. I gave up work as a product developer of clothing to have my children and have a full schedule of entertainment for Baby K. We have a great time.

I love being a full time mum but I miss the buzz of the office, working under pressure and being responsible for mass production in the Far East. It was a creative job working with designers and factories and the Etsy shop is a way of keeping this part of my life going. I love making things, always have and a previous job was developing bags and accessories so this was a natural development of an interest for me. My training was in footwear design and technology so in terms of fashion I have done the rounds.

I like to design and work through problems, pattern cutting, fabric manipulation and have developed these skills further through my Etsy shop as well as come up with a ton more. Photography, selling myself, promotion, its been fun.

So Olganna is all about bags (and a small phase in scented hanging decorations when I was experimenting). I love experimenting with fabrics to create new textures and like to be original. I am not big on hardware so its all about colour, I love contrasting bold colour and original design - I hope this shows in my work. My
make up bag range is expanding due to Christmas as they make great gifts and I am working on some new designs which I hope to be in store by 1st Nov. I am enjoying blogging and the networking that entails and pleased to be featured on your blog.
If you like what I do like me on facebook http://www.facebook.com/Olganna

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olganna said…
OOh thanks for featuring me as a fab shop! I hope your readers like my make up bags and perhaps they could leave comment about what they look for in a make up bag and what make up item they cannot live without!

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