Powered by Blogger.

Blogmas 2016 - Day 1 Intro

It's December peoples .... I feel like it's only been a few months since we had Christmas and now it's back again. Deary me!

So with December here - I'm taking part in the blogmas tradition. 


Blogging every day up until (but including) Christmas day.

I'm actually looking forward to this year cause I had to bow out last year due to work, college and family commitments but this year I'm geared and ready to go. I've got my planner packed with post ideas and have crafts and recipes I'm looking forward to trying.

Bring it on :)

Meet the Maker #3

I'm really encouraged by reading all the applications for this Meet the Maker feature. I like finding out all about the different processes and crafts. Like today's maker.


This is Lisa who is the proud owner of LKSjewelry

Tell me a bit about yourself -  I live in Oxford but i’m Canadian :) I moved to the UK in July this year. 

By trade, I’m a Cancer Nurse. I found myself lost in a whirlwind of emotions felt by my patients, families and those surrounding me while working full-time as a care-giver. I knew I needed an outlet and luckily I found two! I began my journey to become a Yoga Teacher and it was there that my focus switched in my jewellery business. 

Spiritual practices became very important to me as I connected to a deeper part of myself. I have found that creating jewellery was a meditative practice. I truly believe we all need an outlet in life whether it is through movement or creativity. I am lucky enough to offer both.

How long have you been crafting? - oh gosh, too long! About 15 + years but only became serious about it the past 3-4 years.

What are your favourite ways to get creative? - I’m always inspired by the way materials make me feel. If it has a good vibes, I need to create something special. I found that following my gut has led to more success.

So you trust your gut instinct implicitly then? Tell me a bit about your store - I now create jewellery with intention. 

What does that mean? In my shop you will find pieces created from beautiful gemstones which hold properties to allow us to embody certain intentions. Did you know that stones are energetically charged? My favourite gemstone these days is rose quartz. Rose Quartz provides unconditional love in all forms - platonic, romantic, familial, etc. It is a great stone for someone trying to have a baby, becoming a mother, struggling with depression and so many more. I want to provide the gift of healing through my jewellery and working with gemstones allows me to do just that! 
How do you make your items? - Right now, my main focus is Mala’s. I plan out each Mala on a BeadSmith and if i’m drawn to the design I will start creating. I hand-knot between each gemstone and finish each Mala with a Large Clear Quartz Pendant. Want to learn more about Mala’s? Check out my FAQ’s in my shop :)

What is your favourite item you have made?
- I think my favourite item I've created is the Boho Bib - it’s chic, trendy and full of intention which is right up my alley!

What have you learnt about turning your hobby into a business?
- It’s hard but allows you to grow. When you’re passionate about something, you want everyone else to be too. When you don’t succeed at first, you want to give-up but searching deep inside will always give you a push. Sometimes what brings your spirit down is actually an opportunity to heal. Being able to share a hobby and then create a business does have its challenges but if life was easy, it wouldn't be as fun! :)

And finally, what advice would you give other small businesses? - Never let another person’s success discourage you. Be happy for the success of your competitors and eventually that success will come your way!

Make it Monday #40

Hey lovely's ... Welcome to my linky!

This one is for all you creative people out there to showcase your favourite craft or recipe posts. Wither your a savvy stitcher or a brilliant baker, i want you to share your posts for us all to swoon over :)


If you made it, We'd like to see it :)

I've also set up a Make it Monday board on pinterest so I'll be adding your posts there for everyone to share.

The rules are simple ...
  • Link up maximum TWO posts - They can be old or new. Please don't just link up your blog home page.
  • Comment on the 'Host' post and at least 2 others, though more if you have the time. Its all about sharing the love here.
  • When commenting use the tag #MIMLinky so that they know where you found them.
  • Add the "Make it Mondays" badge to your linked post so that others can find the linky and join in. 
Feel free to tweet your post(s) along with the hashtag #MIMlinky and mention @justacraftymama so i can retweet for you.

grab button for Just a Crafty Mama
<div class="just-a-crafty-mama-button" style="width: 200px; margin: 0 auto;"> <a href="http://www.justacraftymama.co.uk" rel="nofollow"> <img src="http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n206/craftymama087/Make%20it%20mondays_zpsj9pbczdf.jpg" alt="Just a Crafty Mama" width="200" height="200" /> </a> </div>

Meet the Maker #2

I'm really pleased with this feature and we are only on week 2. I've been reading through so many peoples stories on how they got started crafting and I've been both laughing at their funny stories and welling up at some of their experiences. I love how crafting has become a haven for so many.




This weeks Maker is no different. And i'm very pleased to introduce Mirry, who is the proud owner of MirryMirry.

Hey Mirry and thanks for taking part in the feature. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? - My name is Mirry and i'm from Boston - the original one; home of the Pilgrim Fathers, the Mayflower & the tallest & widest parish church in the whole of the UK

I'm a quiet content soul with a passion for watching Columbo, supping drinking chocolate & heading straight for the woofers whenever i see one! I spent a whole year entirely bed-bound once & I'm also a wheelchair rider. My electric chair is called Mabel & boasts a discreet groovy basket under the seat where i can store my lipstick, phone & goodies & embarrassingly that was one of the reasons i chose it!

You seem to have a fantastic outlook on life. Tell me how long have you been crafting? - for as long as i can remember. But it didn't become a routine thing until disability hit hard about 15 years ago. I'm mostly housebound & crafting has become my daily antidepressant.

What are your favourite crafts/ways to get creative? - everything that i craft i love. If I don't enjoy it I can't do it. Hand embroidery is one of my passions, I have tremendous patience (so i'm told!) which this is essential for pieces that take many weeks and days. Being the kind of activity i can pick up and put down at any moment it works well for me. I love being at my sewing machine too, but my poor stamina doesn't allow me to go there as often as i'd like, but it does beckon and boy do I have fun.

I love hand embroidery and your right, it can be very time consuming. Tell me a bit about your store - My etsy store is stocked with only pieces i love myself. I have a small variety of things because i adore creating them all. I've been trying for a long time to get to 100 stock items but I just can't get there. As soon as I add more, more sell - i'm not complaining of course, I love my buyers, I owe so much to them for saving my sanity : ) 



How do you make your items? - My items are made by hand, by me, in my cosy little sitting room that overlooks my sweet English garden full of chattering visiting birds. I'm mostly home alone, with my two tiny fluffy pupsters (who are now 12 & 9) by my feet & a little Gladys Knight on the stereo (drinking chocolate too - there's always a drinking chocolate).

I try not to embroider once the daylight goes; even a bright lamp isn't as good as natural light & I need really excellent light if i'm going to stitch the best that I can. During those darker hours I will 'hoop' my embroideries, prep my etsy shop stationary & craft cards & enjoy a little knitting. It's also the time when i will free my flowers from the many presses & group them ready for listing. 

WOW, so your kept busy and put a lot of tome into your store. What is your favourite item you have made? - probably the custom wedding embroidery hoops. I created one initially for my niece - used her wedding colours for the piece, loved it so much, & it has since become a regular shop item.

What have you learnt about turning your hobby into a business? - Not to ever assume you will know what people want! I've been bowled over by which has become my most popular pieces, & surprised by other items that I thought would be a hit to only fade into the background.

And finally, What advice would you give other small businesses? - give your customers a genuine reason to want to come back to you. Be approachable, friendly & amenable - it's one of the few advantages we can have over the online chains. Price properly, it's ok to charge for your time. Don't be afraid to close for vacations (or a catch up), i'm often closed due to relapses - the longest closure being 11 months, & it has never once affected my sales. & of course, always enjoy yourself : )

You can find out more about Mirry and her makes by following her Instagram too :)

Make it Monday #39

Hey lovely's ... Welcome to my linky!

This one is for all you creative people out there to showcase your favourite craft or recipe posts. Wither your a savvy stitcher or a brilliant baker, i want you to share your posts for us all to swoon over :)


If you made it, We'd like to see it :)

I've also set up a Make it Monday board on pinterest so I'll be adding your posts there for everyone to share.

The rules are simple ...
  • Link up maximum TWO posts - They can be old or new. Please don't just link up your blog home page.
  • Comment on the 'Host' post and at least 2 others, though more if you have the time. Its all about sharing the love here.
  • When commenting use the tag #MIMLinky so that they know where you found them.
  • Add the "Make it Mondays" badge to your linked post so that others can find the linky and join in. 
Feel free to tweet your post(s) along with the hashtag #MIMlinky and mention @justacraftymama so i can retweet for you.

grab button for Just a Crafty Mama
<div class="just-a-crafty-mama-button" style="width: 200px; margin: 0 auto;"> <a href="http://www.justacraftymama.co.uk" rel="nofollow"> <img src="http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n206/craftymama087/Make%20it%20mondays_zpsj9pbczdf.jpg" alt="Just a Crafty Mama" width="200" height="200" /> </a> </div>

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Back to Top