Hi, my name is Bel – it’s short for Belinda, but I prefer Bel or even B/Bee.
I started Closet Geek in August 2015 after a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. I made a whole bunch of dresses for my daughters (and even some for myself) to wear when meeting characters and around the parks. When we got home I decided it was something I would like to do as more than a hobby and so Closet Geek was born.
When I first opened, I sold only pencil cases, hair bows and girls inspired dresses. This kept me going for the first year and over time I added Minnie ears, bunting, lanyards, cushions and much more to my store. I even sewed some adult clothing, cosplay outfits and aprons.
In May 2018 I invested in an embroidery machine and learned how to make my own designs and sew them. This set me off in a different direction and I realised it was hard to balance making embroidered t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies, as well as the products I had made previously. As I was enjoying embroidery, I narrowed down my product line into only embroidered tops and switched my hand-painted pin flags into embroidery ones too.
For almost a year I was happy with this decision but as more clothing companies appeared on the market, it made me miss some of the more unique items I used to make. I made the decision to add girls inspired dresses back to my site, along with reading cushions. As I write this (in March 2020), I also hope to get my inspired hairbows back on the site shortly too. I have plans for hairbow holders, and ear holders in a similar style. I have lots of other ideas too but need time to work them all out.
However as March 2020 comes towards an end, life has changed quite drastically in just a few weeks. COVID-19 (often referred to as the Coronavirus) is hitting the world hard and at this exact point in time, everyone is being asked to isolate for at least 3 weeks, kids are being schooled from home and small businesses like my own are struggling or closing down. Sadly today I received the news that the company I purchase my t-shirts from is closing down temporarily. Because of this I will be closing down temporarily too. I hope to work on new products and ideas, along with ready to ship items that can be sold as and when I feel is the right time. But it’s not all doom and gloom! I came up with the idea to start something called “Closet Geek Makes”. At the moment it’s just an empty Instagram account but I hope to start adding some posts with tutorials and directing people to this site for further instructions. And so if you’re reading this page, there’s a good chance that’s how you ended up here.
All these easy makes are designed to give people something to do. A creative outlet. I’m not trying to take away from any small business who actually sells these products, but instead just give people a little piece of their own homemade magic. All tutorials that I feature are readily available on the internet if you google for them and there are still bound to be hundreds of people who would rather buy a well-made handmade product, than make one themselves.