Notes from a Craft Studio — get to know me

What have you achieved in your crafting life that you are particularly proud of?

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Hmmm….  Well I was UK winner of the Creating Keepsakes Magazine Hall of Fame…. Many years ago!  Back in the day when we waited expectantly fro the deliveries all the was from the USA, there was nothing in the UK! More recently, I think I’m really proud of the fact the I’m running my own business, doing something that I love, earning money, paying the bills and setting an example for my children on how to balance work and leisure to enjoy life to the full.  

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Who is your biggest supporter?

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I’m sure everyone says their customers, but they have.... yes thats you!  Forgive me, its a bit cliche, but you really have become my friends now.... I’ve been holding crafting residential events since 2005, and I have loyal delegates that book every year. Its a chance to catch up with everyone stories, find out about their latest travels, oh and do a bit of crafting!  But mainly its about enjoying time with like minded people.....  The modern saying is that you have to find your 'Tribe'   Well my tribe have gluey fingers and a camera in their hand! It really...

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What would you change about what you do?

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Can you invent me a machine that does all the mundane stuff please?  Like houseword and cleaning.... plus accounts, labelling products and repacking bulk purchases into smaller packs, and uploading photos to my website? Other than that, I’m pretty happy with my life and business.  My residential weekends bring me incredible joy and satisfaction, and I love how they’ve evolved to embrace many crafts now. The residentials started off as purely scrapbooking weekends, to encourage people to re-live and write their memories; and make keepsake albums for their families.  I continue to love that I can inspire people to get...

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What has helped your business the most?

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My friends tell me I’m annoyingly positive at times, but I think you have to be when you run a business, so I’d say its that, plus a willingness to learn and always trying new ideas. I always try to plan ahead, and I make loads of lists (Google Keep is my friend, its free, look it up…) and I use a technique called ‘Time Blocking’ to be productive.  Its not always easy working for yourself, there’s no big boss cracking the whip…  But the bottom line is, if you don’t do what needs doing, you don’t have a business,...

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How my business got its name……

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Even as a little girl, I was always making things (anyone remember washing up bottles on Blue Peter?), I sewed, painted, glued, and cut my way through childhood….. I dreamed of owning my own craft shop, and as soon as I was able, I started down the road of entrepreneurship, running a craft stall selling handsewn clowns, (don’t ask!) and later cross stitch samplers and supplies at Uxbridge market. Photography played a major part in my upbringing too, both my parents were keen photographers, and I was given my first Kodak camera at probably around 8 years old.  I would...

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