Welcome to the next instalment of our series Maker of the Month. We'll be introducing some of our stall holders to give you an insight into their craft, how they got started and what exciting things they have coming up next! Next up we have Heidi from The littlest Herb Company who is a regular at our Dundee Ministry of Crafts.
Heidi of The littlest Herb Company
How did you start?
A friend was reopening Roseangle kitchen café on Perth Road and wanted a jam seller but at that time we couldn’t find one, I had made jams since I was a teenager and said I would take it on, so went from zero to supplier in four weeks! And it took off from there, I’ve always cooked to unwind and relax so its been a great stress reliever
What’s your favourite and least favourite thing about running your business?
I love cooking and the house always smells amazing!
Least favourite on both sides is paperwork – I would rather be making instead!
What are you proud of?
To be lucky enough to have built two small businesses out of what started as hobbies!! I still get a happy when I walk into my stores and see all the jars waiting to head out!
What’s your favourite thing about MoC?
Always the people and I’ve always had a soft spot for the venue – The steeple is a beautiful place!
What’s your favourite thing you make? Do you have anything you really don’t like making?
Cherry jam! Cant stand cherries so I have to admit I avoid making that batch as long as I can! And I love the caramelised onion but 5kgs of onions is a lot of crying! But my favourite has to be classic raspberry because I remember growing up under my grandmothers table while she and Grandad made that one and it’s a happy smell...
How did you come up with your name?
We have the smallest backyard and greenhouse, so we really are the Littlest Herb Company! The original plan was for herbs, the jams and chutneys have kind of taken over...
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Still doing what I love I hope! Maybe playing with a few more crafts on the side.
What would be your absolute dream outcome for your business?
To continue to grow and develop as it has been.
What’s new for 2019?
A few new botanical ideas in the making at the moment so watch this space.
What are your goals?
Looking for some peace and quiet after a seriously crazy couple of years to relax and chill out doing what I enjoy.
If you could try your hand at another skill (craft or otherwise) what would it be?
Always wanted to try pottery! But wouldn’t mind trying wool spinning too.
What are your hobbies?
Other than glass engraving, wooden pyro and cooking…? I love to read and watch movies, sewing and crochet.
What product would you like to see at events that you’ve never seen?
Hand blown glasswork.
Which 5 people, alive or dead, would you have at your fantasy dinner party?
Chris Hemsworth, Jason Momoa, The Rock and my aunts
Do you have any funny stories about your time crafting?
Being asked why I don’t make sugar free jam …. And why I don’t engrave in different colours…?
Who is your support network?
My kids – they’re fab. But I wouldn’t be without my best friends either.
What’s your favourite book/film/band?
The witching hour by Anne Rice and the Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward.
What’s your drink of choice?
Love red wine.
What’s your favourite food or best meal you’ve ever had?
I love Italian, so favourite at home is smoked salmon risotto or if we eat out its usually pollo picante at Zizzis.
What’s your cheapest and most expensive item?
LHC small jars are £1.50, gift packs and cheeseboards are £10
Do you have any advice for other crafters? Is there something you wish you’d known from the start?
You’ll never please everybody, so relax, have some fun and don’t sweat the small stuff xx
If you'd like to be a stallholder you can apply here for Aberdeen and here for Dundee. If you would like to be featured as maker of the month please email Ashley from our Marketing Team - Ashley_M_Morris@hotmail.co.uk