Monday

14 Jan, 2013

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Hello 2013!

 New Logo

I have been meaning to stop by on numerous occasions in the last few months but have never felt it was the right time to update you all on everything business when I was still really in the middle of such big changes.

As I mentioned in this post, I started to experiment with surface pattern design and this is something I will continue to work on in the future. In addition to this development of my work, another element of my business has emerged…

Quite by accident I was asked to refurbish a few pieces of vintage furniture in September; which were quite badly sun damaged or too dark for the customer’s new decor and my love for painting and refurbishing pieces of furniture was born! As soon as I applied the first coat of furniture paint, sanded or waxed each piece I was immediately hooked on transforming old, unloved pieces into something to be admired again. There is something very satisfying about transforming something into a functional piece for the home.

Victorian Pot Stand

Since September I have been spending a lot of time thinking about my business, my business direction, what my business has to offer and what my true passions are now I’ve had some time to really think things through.

After much thought and design input by the very talented Dana of the Wonder Forest, my new business Completely Kate was born! Dana created a new website landing page and logo for my new business and integrated a new header and background for my website which I am thrilled with. Why the change in name? Well, now I have identified a new passion for furniture and other interior items, alongside my artwork, soft furnishings and commissions I decided the name Inspired Naturally was a little limiting and I needed something that would sum up everything I do and would also have room to grow with me.

School desk

After lots of thought and bouncing ideas back and forth with my family I finally decided on Completely Kate: Design and Decor. This clearly and simply describes what my business is about and everything I sell is either painted or made by myself. 

I am still working on some tweaks to my website – the gallery hasn’t been finished yet – some of the different galleries don’t have the right images in them and the links at the bottom of each post don’t work  (I am working with a web developer to sort these issues out) - In the meantime, if you would like to view my new painted furniture please visit my Facebook page and I have both a SOLD and FOR SALE album in my photos you can browse and reserve pieces from.

I am really excited about this new direction and I hope you will come along with me!

and I know it’s a little late but, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

K x

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!

Friday

13 Jan, 2012

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Have a great weekend!

I just thought I’d pop by again and leave you with this little clip from Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle …

 ….it always makes me smile :)

Friday

13 Jan, 2012

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My 2012 Goals


This year my goals look like this:

* Complete the Great North Run again and enjoy training for it

*Complete the London Moonwalk again

* Keep my new gym routine up, going 2 – 3 times a week

 

*Try to experiment with different types of food to make mealtimes more exciting

*Dedicate time to painting so I get the chance to complete more original pieces of artwork

* Continue experimenting with my sewing machine

* Have fun preparing for the BCTF in Harrogate

 

* Seek out new possibilities for all aspects of my business

 Sources:

1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8

Do you have a list of goals for 2012? 

 
 
 
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