Notes from a Craft Studio — get to know me

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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"What is it that you enjoy most about what you do?"

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That’s a question with many answers!   I love that I inspire people to make things….  Just a little spark to start them off, an idea or a picture, or a new product and I can see their eyes light up! Another aspect is the social side of the residential events and workshops I run.  Many friendships have been forged and cemented via my craft weekends… I think that creativity brings people together who would never normally meet….  Craft gives people a reason to chat, It crosses the spectrum of lives, ages and interests and allows those that might be lonely...

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....are you creating memory albums with amnesia?

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My inherited family album sits in pride of place in my bookshelf... i love it... A weighty tome, with gold edged pages, thick card inserts and beautiful watercolour decorated frames around each photo. Photos of stiff victorian men, and women in amazing dresses and headgear look out at me from the pages. Getting your photo taken back in the day was not a 5 minute task.... it was an occaision......It involved making time on your precious day off, putting on your Sunday best clothes and taking a trip to a photographers studio... probably by train or charabang to the nearest...

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What has kept you running your business after more than 20 years?

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I’m sure everyone says their customers, but they really have inspired me to carry on when things got difficult!  I’ve been in business for over 20 years, and holding crafting residential events for 14 years, and I have loyal delegates that book every year.  It really is meeting up with friends each time, and people book quickly to get the same event as people they know....  although that means that newbies have to get in fast to get places, they go quickly!

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a question.... why do you make albums?

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I inherited a beautiful victorian album from my grandparents... Its not leather bound and it hasn't got parchment pages, beautiful hand painted designs, or a real gold clasp. Between its pages are the photos of my family looking out at me. Men and women posing stiffly for photos (you had to keep still for ages back in the day) families in their Sunday best, self concious young men in uniform and girls sitting with their hand on a bible... .... its precious to me more than money, but it also makes me sad... ... because I have no idea who...

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