“My way of sharing a smile”: Ballymoney student turns passion for crafts into Instagram business


A Ballymoney student’s passion for arts and crafts has developed into a thriving social media business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Savannah Corbett, who studies ICT at Northern Regional College’s Coleraine campus, has been keeping herself busy during lockdown by creating rainbow-themed bows and other hair accessories to show her support for NHS staff. Having always had a keen interest in arts and crafts, the former Loreto College pupil explained how what started out as a hobby has now turned into a small business venture.

“I have always loved making bows and other accessories for myself, but when I started getting more and more requests to make them for other people, I realised that this could be a viable business idea,” said Savannah.

“I started selling at local markets and car boot sales but then moved to selling them online on Instagram under the name Buddy’s Boutique.

“I wanted to create something that would suit both adults and children alike and allow them to show support for frontline workers in their own way. There are also plenty of people who wouldn’t wear a bow, so I diversified into making NHS themed keyrings.

“It’s just my little way of sharing a smile. I hope they continue to bring people a sense of happiness and hope, and demonstrate the huge amount of appreciation that everyone has for NHS and other frontline workers,” she said.

Having completed her Level 3 course at the College, Savannah now plans to continue developing her creative skills by undertaking a degree in Interactive Media or Art and Design at Ulster University.

“My ICT course at the College has given me a fantastic platform for further study. What I’ve learned has been of great help and benefit, at both an educational and personal level, giving me with the skills and confidence to pursue further study at university. I’m looking forward to taking the next steps in my career,” she said.