Handmade items are special, in the sense that no one else in the world will have exactly the same design as you, each piece is crafted by a person, not a machine. It’s also special because you are owning something that someone has clearly put a lot of thought, passion and even love into making.
1. I'm moving to the sea-side when I finish University
2. I hate carrots and goldfish (and think they look alike)
3. I'm obsessed with The Vampire Diaries
4. I get angry when we run out of cheese - it's my favourite food!
What got you started crafting?
I never really thought I was a creative person, I mean I use to have panic attacks at the thought of doing cross-stitch in Infant School, and I make drawing a stick man look hard. Last year I was browsing blogs that I randomly found on Google, and a lot of people were using their blogs to sell their jewellery, which is what gave me the inspiration to try and make and sell my own. I bought a few beads from online stores, some jewellery pliers and studied some tutorials and ta-da here I am now, selling on Etsy, Artfire and MISI. Happy times.
What is your source of inspiration?
Fashion trends from both the past and present. I do like to keep my jewellery designs as up-to-date as possible. I tend to find particular pendants or charms that I fall in love with, and then create whole designs and collections around them. For example the vintage style birdcage pendants, and the vintage style rocking horse charms.
What have you made recently?
I recently made my first custom order which was three bridesmaid necklaces which were gold plated and featured pink fimo roses, peach fresh water pearls and czech glass beads. The customer and I sent numerous emails back and forth to make sure we came up with a design that was suitable for the wedding, but also that little bit unique, as that is what handmade is all about! To make each necklace individual for each bridesmaid I used a different shade of pink rose on each necklace to match their dresses which were also three different shades of pink. The customer gave me quite a lot of scope to play around with the designs and trusted my judgement on the length of the necklaces as well as the number and layout of the beads. It was really fun to make a set of necklaces, and I'm honored that they will be worn at such a special occasion!
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
My favourite online place to sell my crafts is a site called MISI which stands for Make.It.Sell.It
It is a predominantly UK based handmade site. I also sell on Artfire + Etsy.
I find Facebook a great place to display photos of my jewellery, which get noticed by friends who message me to arrange orders.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Handmade items are special, in the sense that no one else in the world will have exactly the same design as you, each piece is crafted by a person, not a machine. It's also special because you are owning something that someone has clearly put a lot of thought, passion and even love into making.