Thursday

21 Jun, 2012

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Changes – BIG changes….

As I mentioned in my last post, I have big plans for my blog and for my business this year. I have also got a lot to look forward to in the coming months; some of which will help me to achieve these plans.

In a little over two weeks I am getting married! It has been a couple of years in the planning but the big day is nearly here! More recently I have been very occupied with getting everything arranged and have missed finding the time to show up here as regularly as I would like. We will be travelling to Rome the week after the wedding and then spending a week in the Cotswolds back in the UK. I am so looking forward to enjoying two very different weeks and can’t wait to share the photos from the trips.

In other big news, I am finishing the part time job that I have had for 3 years since graduating from University next week! This is a huge deal for me because I am saying ‘goodbye’ to the knowledge of having a guaranteed paycheck each month and am completely on my own. It is down to me how successful I make my business and how it ultimately develops over time. Eeeek!

It has been in the pipeline for a long time and I knew it would most likely happen this year but I don’t think you ever feel completely ready to ‘go it alone!’ My other half, family and friends have all been so supportive of my dreams and ambitions and I have decided now is as good a time as any to go for it! So once I return from my honeymoon I will officially be self-employed. (Seems even more real now I’m typing it and knowing it will be read by other people!)

I hope this leap will allow me the time, space and encouragement I need to take my business further. Another contributing factor to all of this is my participation in The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design by Rachel Taylor and Beth Nicholls. This e-course launched in Nov 2011 and ever since I began the 3 modules I knew it would be the start of something BIG. I couldn’t remember the last time I had felt so excited about being creative or how fantastic it was to be learning so many new things. It really gave me the knowledge and tools to believe I can do so much more, develop the ideas in my head and move forward in different ways. I have always loved pattern, design and illustration and I hope to start combining everything I have done so far and delve into the possibility of becoming more than an artist – using my art to decorate objects and people’s surroundings to make their spaces beautiful. It is my hope to be able to develop my work and see where it takes me!

I also took another e-course, which I began in January, and blogged about here. This course was so full of encouragement and practical advice on creating a sustainable, inspiring and profitable business. I can’t praise this and the other course enough – they really opened my eyes to the possibilities for my business and gave me the extra confidence I needed to begin dreaming BIG.

To round this post off I thought I’d leave you with a link to a fun post I enjoyed reading from the lovely Kelly Rae Roberts. Have a great rest of the week!

Saturday

05 May, 2012

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Hello to May and some new products

It’s May already (where did the last few months go?!) and I find myself finally caught up with everything after the BCTF last month. As I mentioned in my last post, it was such a great learning experience and I hope to have the opportunity to go to more in the future.

As well as being a great opportunity to meet buyers and other designer/makers, it also meant I had to prepare any new products ready for the show. Since arriving back I have listed my new mug & coaster sets and handmade cushion covers in my online shop. I am very pleased with these and got great feedback for them at the show. There are 9 mug sets in total and 3 new cushion cover designs.

In other news, I am really getting into Module 3 of the Art & Business of Surface Pattern design. Rachael and Beth have put together such a fabulous course and I am learning something new each day! It’s also fantastic to be part of an online group who share the same passion for design. I would thoroughly recommend the course if you are thinking about a career in surface pattern design.

I’m off now to get ready to go out for the evening with friends (it’s so nice having your tea cooked for you!)

Have a great weekend everybody!

Sunday

04 Mar, 2012

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Exploring pattern


As I mentioned in my last post I am taking part in The Art and Business of Surface Pattern and Design e-course by Rachael Taylor and Beth Nicholls. I have been steadily working away through each exercise and finally got around to creating my first technical repeat pattern (above). I enjoyed exploring the possible options for this first design and managed to finish it in time to submit it to a wallpaper design competition that we were told about as part of the course. Below is a concept board I put together using this pattern:

I am hoping to have time soon to really develop the ideas I have flying around my head – at the moment I seem to be experiencing idea and information overload!

Thursday

19 Jan, 2012

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Hello Soul. Hello Business

I have been so busy this week! I am also off to York tomorrow for a long weekend for my OH’s birthday but before I go I just wanted to say that the Hello Soul. Hello Business e-course by Kelly Rae and Beth is knocking my socks off – It is absolutely brilliant and it’s only just started. I can’t wait for the next 9 weeks and to see what it will bring to my business.

Have a lovely weekend and I’ll be back next week :D

Sunday

10 Jul, 2011

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Blog Love

I have recently been thinking a lot about my blog and how I’d like to improve it. Similarly to lots of things in my life I always feel like there’s not enough time to do everything and my blog normally takes a back seat.

As I find myself reading more and more blogs and feeling inspired by the amount of creativity and talent out there in the blog world I realised I want to be a part of it – I want to create an online space that documents both my journey into running a creative business and my inspiration.

As if by magic this week I stumbled on the blog ‘A Beautiful mess‘ by Elsie of Red Velvet. It was here after reading lots of past entries and looking at all of Elsie’s blog buttons I found her ‘Blog Love’ e-course. Well, I read the info about it and immediately dove in!

I have read the entire course and am now starting to put together a plan for my blog. I can’t begin to tell you how helpful I am finding the course and how brilliantly Elsie has written it. It is a work-at-your-own-pace course so no need to panic about any deadlines. To find out more click on the Blog Love image below:

To begin my quest to a more nurtured blog I have bought myself a ‘blogging notebook’ – something I can jot ideas for blog posts down to help me organise myself and my time. (Any excuse to buy a pretty new notepad!) 

I  have also been spending time in the garden, catching up with the weeding and not so fun jobs like cleaning the chickens out :/ 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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