what’s the plan?

what’s the plan?

It’s always good to have a plan. People who know me well will know that I like to have plan, I like to know what I’m doing and how I’m going to do it, and I think it just makes me feel a little but more in control of things when I have a plan. […]

be more productive

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 in Artistic practises, business tips | 2 Comments
be more productive

I’m like a human sponge at the moment… I’ve been listening to lots of inspiring business podcasts recently in my spare time. Well I say spare time, I should rephrase that as ‘time when I can’t really do anything else’ (like whilst driving to work on a morning). I’ve been really inspired and I’ve picked […]

maintaining the right mindset…

maintaining the right mindset…

I’ve just read a blog post by Jo Gifford, Dexterous Diva, about the challenges of maintaining the mindset a successful entrepreneur or creative business owner and this really made me think about my own journey over the past three years and how I’ve struggled at times with my mindset. Some of Jo’ top tips and […]

the power of social media

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 in blogging, thoughts and ponderings | No Comments
the power of social media

There have been a few times recently when I have been astounded at the sheer power of social media and how integral and useful it now is in our lives. As well as being great for creative businesses from a marketing point of view I have also found it really useful whenever I’ve needed help […]

Thinking of Christmas….

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 in products | 3 Comments
Thinking of Christmas….

Can you believe I’m even mentioning the ‘C’ word? I know it doesn’t seem right but I’m thinking ahead and sorting out my new range of Christmas Cards which people have already been asking me about. With that in mind I decided that I had better get my skates on and get them sorted out. […]

What’s inspiring me this week?

What’s inspiring me this week?

This week I have been immersing myself in creative podcasts. I listen to them as I’m driving to and from work and I find them really inspiring. I really like ones that cover interviews with other creative entrepreneurs, artists, designers and makers and also ones which cover certain aspects of running your own business. When […]

leap and the net will appear…

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 in thoughts and ponderings | 3 Comments
leap and the net will appear…

As you may know I’ve recently made a very big decision regarding my working life, waving goodbye to a 13 year long job that was making me unhappy and stressed. I’d been struggling with it for the past year, slowly feeling as though I was less and less able to cope with what it threw […]

Word for the Year – Patience

Word for the Year – Patience

Earlier this year I had the good fortune to meet up with a good friend of mine, Gillian Lee Smith, for a catch up, a cup of tea, mince pie and a good old chinwag. Gillian blogs regularly about her work and what’s going on in her creative life so I always feel as I’m in […]

transforming inspiration

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 in Artistic practises | 4 Comments
transforming inspiration

I’m really interested in the creative process and how different artists and designers work – how do they take their initial inspiration for an idea and transform it into a final piece of work. My series of sketchbook interviews on my last blog ‘Sketchbook Peeks’ gave us a glimpse into the sketchbooks of a wide selection […]

Writing a Sale or Return Agreement

Posted on Sep 21, 2014 in business tips | 3 Comments
Writing a Sale or Return Agreement

I’d like to start and share some of my business tips blog posts that I wrote after my first trade fair in 2012. These posts went down really well with other makers and generated a lot of comments and feedback so I thought I’d revisit a few of the topics and share the experiences I’ve had […]