Following our honeymoon in 2017, Lily & Sea actually started life as HappiLily Made. I had collected shells from our touring trip around the southwest of England, and didn’t want to just leave them sitting in a jar. I set them into a frame - just a simple grid with the different shells - but loved how it turned out. I had so many compliments from family and friends that I set up a little Instagram page in 2019, which did remain little for quite some time. At this point we had moved to Cornwall, where I was getting out to the beach so much more, so I started making more artwork.
Things really took off around March of 2020 - the first lockdown. I guess people couldn't get to the beach so they wanted something to remind them of their happy place - and I'm so grateful that HappiLily Made started to really grow. Later in 2020, I rebranded as Lily & Sea and things are going from strength to strength! My original designs and the unique style I've developed are something I'm so proud of, but I still have to pinch myself that people want to buy my artwork! I absolutely love working with the customer to create something special and truly unique to them and am now even working with customers' own shells that mean so much to them.
In 2021, I decided to take the leap and quit my part-time job. I now run Lily & Sea alongside looking after my two daughters, Lily, who my business is named after - and Maggie, our youngest. So things are a little busy at Lily & Sea HQ!