Who are you and what is your business? My name is Janelle Lee. I’m a nurse and I’m from Hay originally. I have been in Griffith for ten years and a couple of years ago, I started a sticker labelling business. From that, things just grew. I bought a big industrial laser cutting machine without ever seeing one in real life. It was in my husband’s shed, but I kept getting really popular and busy with my work, so I’ve now actually built my own shed. I do all the designing and lasering myself. [It’s called Stuck Up because Janelle makes things you can stick up, not because the products are pretentious].
When and why did you begin? I’ve had the laser engraver for about a year, and I was doing stickers for about a year before that. We built our house and I wanted to label my pantry, so that’s why we got a label machine. Three years later my house still isn’t labelled, because I was getting orders and I haven’t had time to do my own. I didn’t have any intention of turning it into a business, people were approaching me, and it grew from there.
What do you produce? I do cake toppers, signs and keepsakes. I like to do things for babies and children, that’s my area of interest. But I also do custom orders; people say, ‘Can you do this?’ and they might show me a picture. For special occasions like Christmas and Easter, I can do customised items. It’s all laser cut and engraved.
Where can we buy your products? I’m at Griffith Central markets every month (third Saturday of every month). I also have a Facebook page.
What do you make that would make a nice gift for someone special? Maybe a nice sign for the wall with an inspirational quote.
If you could make anything in the world, what would you make? A big organising wall planner to reduce the mental workload for mums. I’d also like to make something to do with sleep.
What’s the best thing about the Riverina? Probably the access to health care, coming from a small town. The food, the wine and the culture also are great.
What’s your favourite coffee spot? Amanti, I like their coffee.
Coolest local thing you’ve ever bought? I don’t know the wording, but I got a nice Kris Kringle-type box with jams etc from the Griffith Tourist Information Centre.
Who is another local producer/business you admire? I actually like the cookies from Sugar Cookies N’ Co; they also do nice cakes.
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