Friday, 23 November 2012

Knitterati Night

Woolly Jumper Wonder

It was cold and dark. Wind howling, rain lashing against the window panes. The kind of night you dread going out into. I tell you, couch + woolly socks + hot water bottle have never seemed more appealing.  

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Top 5 Tips for Growing a Successful Online Handmade Business

In this second part of a two part feature (part 1 here)  I look at some practical tips to help build your own online handmade business.

Tip 1: Make Product Ranges

It may seem obvious but it helps if you make a range of products that are similar to one another. It will mean your shop appears cohesive and will enable shoppers to make sense of your brand. This needn't be a creativity stifler! And please don't feel you need to become a manufacturer of one product only. After all, you want your collection to remain special and unique. You can still make an assortment of eclectic items, but how about working in limited edition sets according to a specific theme or colour palette? 

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Hunted and Gathered Part 2

There's a new awesome craft mag out called Gathered by Mollie Makes. It's exclusive to the iPad and for hardcore addicts because it's a weekly hit of creative projects, people and videos to inspire your very own handmade crafty amazingness. Issue 3 is supposed to be the best one yet because I AM IN IT!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Hunted and Gathered Part 1

I've done it. I've taken the plunge and there's no going back now.

Having intentionally steered clear of the iPhone/iPad fever of the past half decade, I must say, for the most part I have felt strong in my convictions and yes, probably even just a little bit self-righteous.

Having held out all this time, defiant, fighting the futile battle for real human interaction – for asking a stranger a question vs google maps, for reading a real book with ink on paper instead of squinting into a luminescent screen, for having a real conversation face to face with a human being rather than multi-tasking tapped out message fragments to somebody whose attention I can't be sure I have – I myself have now switched over to the dark side.
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