No standing still for stationery winner
A BUSINESSWOMAN is celebrating after scooping a top industry award two years in a row.
Kirsty Hart won the stationery of the year category at the Westcountry Wedding Awards in 2012 and retained her crown at a ceremony recently.
The 37-year-old now hopes to build on her success and offer her bespoke stationery to even more blushing brides to be.
"I feel really proud," said the Penzance mother who has also seen her business featured in prominent woman's magazine Vogue.
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"I think I always thought this would be something that would give me a bit of extra pocket money and independence but it is now a proper business, bringing in money.
"I am getting repeat work from people who recommend me to friends and family and I am also creating christening stationery for people who had my wedding stationery."
Launching The Paper Princess around eight years ago, Mrs Hart seriously began pushing the business around four years ago. After launching a website she also started to offer a do-it-yourself range, giving people the chance to create their own unique stationery.
"There are lots of brides who are struggling for money but want to make their own stationery and just need the creative ideas," she said, adding that a new range called 'beside the sea' was launched two weeks ago.
Her efforts seem to be paying off with Mrs Hart matching last year's number of orders in the past three months alone.
In the future she hopes to take part in more wedding fairs, keep adding to the website, including giving people the option to buy online, and enhance her online presence with social networking.
For more information visit www.thepaperprincess.co.uk.