WANT to know where you can get your arts and craft fix? Look no further. The Crafty Squirrelhas your creative needs covered.
Morgan Wills’ earliest childhood memories consist of making things.
“I had a shoebox which I filled with countless items I found here, there and everywhere. I then used these bits and bops to make crafty creations,” the Ballarat resident says.
“I started sewing at an early age and was always pestering my mother to use her sewing machine.”
Morgan is the face behind Ballarat’s The Crafty Squirrel. The business has been running for five years now, providing shoppers with a unique art, craft and gift experience.
Morgan says her venture had its beginnings 10 years ago when she started her own textile-based business.
“I began by selling at local craft markets in Melbourne and was approached by some retailers who were interested in having my work in their stores,” she says.
“After a while the business started to grow until eventually I had about 80 stockists around Australia and New Zealand. This was a lot to manage considering I made much of the product myself and I thought that perhaps what I really needed to do was open my own studio shop.”
After making the tree-change to Ballarat in 2011 with her husband and two children, Morgan went on to set up her bricks and mortar store, selling her own products as well as quirky items from designers and makers in Australia and abroad.
The Crafty Squirrel also stocks gift items from all over the world and a special mix of vintage treasures.
Morgan says she endeavours to present her visitors with products not readily available in the region.
“The Crafty Squirrel is quite nostalgic and harks back to a time when shop keepers knew your name and the sorts of things you liked,” she says.
“I want people to have a fabulous and unique experience. I often say my store is a shop for the inner child. The kind of place where you open the door to come in and you stop in your tracks as there is so much colour and wonder to take in.”
The Crafty Squirrel is located at the corner of Urquhart Street and Errard Street South. For more information, visit thecraftysquirrel.com.au