Handmade Harbour blog to celebrate 100 weeks of Handmade Monday and I was so pleased to learn that I had won one of the 'prizes': the book Commercial Creatives by Mike Carthew and Anna Ward. Having read some reviews about the book I am very much looking forward to reading it - especially the section about how to price craft work. Never too late to take advice. Many thanks for a week of great give-aways Wendy.
Many moons ago, I bought (possibly the first or second issue) the Craftseller magazine. I decided it was perhaps time to re-visit the magazine and am glad I did as it has become a very good magazine with lots of helpful content and also lovely pieces by some of my Handmade Monday colleagues. This issue has a very good give-away, the Start-up Guide. Although it is aimed at newbies, it never hurts to re-visit some of the basic rules about going into business. It is easy to forget some of the very important aspects of running a small business and it has lots of advice-type articles written by crafters and other business people.
I am a member of the Crafts Forum, not a regular visitor, but I do like to drop in and catch up with how everyone is doing. In my visit yesterday I came across a topic posted by Ros, one of my fellow Handmade Monday bloggers; the post was about professional or hobbyist. It is a great post and I know this is a topic that can cause intense debate and I am not going to venture into the minefield here. My reason for mentioning this post was because of a point made by Ros: '.......there are very few original ideas, all you can do is work with the basics and add a personal touch'. I am a butterfly crafter flitting from one craft to another (but never abandoning my original paper-craft products). I really enjoying trying new crafts, but sometimes wonder if other crafters may view this as deliberate or straight-forward copying. I hope not as I like to think of crafts being for everyone with, more or less, no boundaries. I think we are all inspired by others work and put our own 'spin' on things - thank you Ros, your comment of 'there are very few original ideas......add a personal touch' is so very true and makes me feel less like an industrial spy :-).
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I had been sent a copy of a new crafting magazine, Homemade with love. I said I would review and feedback about this magazine but am embarrassed to say I haven't done so yet - time has disappeared rather quickly recently. Tax return, card orders, workshop stock and life in general has got in the way. I will read it and promise to add my review to my next weekend post.
I have been working on Valentine's cards this week and have added some stock to my wall at Bourne Mill - yet again I forgot to photograph them! I bought some Kanban flower circles and admit to being very embarrassed when I realised that I could quite easily have created them myself without having bought them already cut out . However, I decided to have a go at doing something different with them and these are two examples:
I continued working on my landscape in pottery - I keep moving and changing bits and I am still not 100% happy with it, but there is plenty of time to change it again. Here is a pic in its bare state - the boulders on the left will have glass seed beads added to them. These will melt when it is fired and should hopefully create the impression of water running down the hillside. Everything else is work in progress, especially the sky, the hills and trees. As always the sessions are very enjoyable, go too quickly and make me want to do more crafty things.
Have a good week everyone. Milly will be here on Wednesday with her mid-week post -she is off to the vets tomorrow for 'the op' so she might still be a bit woozy by then.