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Meet the Maker #4

When i started this feature, i didn't think i would have such a brilliant response. On top of that i have found some brilliant crafters that are seriously talented. One such crafter is this weeks featured maker.

Let me Introduce you to Rosie, who is the proud owner of PomPomPaints

Hi Rosie, Welcome to the feature. Can you tell me a bit about yourself? - I'm from Somerset, UK. Frome, specifically, a lovely little town full of crafters. When I'm not painting, I'm training as a counsellor. Although I've always wanted to paint, I also love people, so I love when I get to work with people as a counsellor and help support them through hard times. That said, I do love the solitude of my living room on a rainy afternoon, with nothing but a cup of tea and a palette of water colours. I'm easily pleased!

How long have you been crafting? - I've been crafting for as long as I can remember. My mum has always been very crafty, and I've picked up a lot from her. I've tried sewing, knitting, pottery, photography, all sorts! When I was quite small, I would sit in front of Water Colour Challenge (a slightly boring TV show) and join in with my little easel! I've always been a crafty and artsy person, for as long as I can remember.

Awe i love that. Its like a family trait. What are your favourite crafts/ways to get creative? - Although I love all of the crafts I've mentioned, I have to say, painting has always been the thing I love most. I am a huge fan of knitting and crochet, too. When I'm feeling very creative, I like playing the ukulele – I'm really not very good, but it's so much fun!

Tell me a bit about your store - In my store I sell calligraphy prints. I always find myself really inspired and motivated by quotes – song lyrics, or little phrases, lines remembered from movies, or just things I've heard people say. I think being able to display some of that inspiration around your home can really help you to stay upbeat – and it certainly doesn't hurt if they look pretty.

How do you make your items? -  I hand draw and paint each of my designs, using water colour paints and brush calligraphy pens. I then scan them and clean them up, before printing them in high quality on thick, glossy paper. Because I draw them all by hand, when I get a custom order, I'm free to personalise it as much as the customer likes—any colour, style, paintings or words.

What is your favourite item you have made? - I'm currently working on a custom order that says "The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." It's a quote from Mulan, one of my favourite movies, and the customer is buying it as a gift for a friend who has gone through a hard time. It's often the stories behind the custom orders I get that really motivate me- I'm so glad I can be a part of one best friend cheering another up.

What have you learnt about turning your hobby into a business? - I've learnt that It's so worth it! I've put off selling anything I've made for years, and always worried that it would turn my hobby into a chore, but It's amazing to do something that I love and actually be able to share it with others and make some money from it.

And finally what advice would you give other small businesses? - I'm not sure how qualified I am to give advice, as I'm still learning, but I would certainly say it helps to be aware that self doubt is normal. Just don't be too hard on yourself! Getting sales is hard, starting up is hard, and it's easy to drive yourself crazy trying to be successful. Work hard, be patient, and for goodness sake, be kind to yourself! You deserve success.

You can find out more about Rosie and her beautiful paintings by following her Instagram and Facebook.