This week has been exciting. My regular readers will know that as well as this blog, I have an Etsy store which I’ve been working hard at since July.
Orders have been flying out with some organised customers getting Christmas gifts ready and even an international sale to NYC. I just wish I didn’t have a day job so I could spend all day making!
I decided that I needed to put myself out there a bit more, regardless of how scary it is when you’re just starting out with a Handmade business. A feature in issue 17 of Craftseller magazine came up at just the right time to give me a little push!
Apparently, I’m a Crafting Whizz! Chuffed to say the least! I’ve been a subscriber to Craftseller for a while now and really value how supportive they are to small businesses.
At the same time, another super supportive magazine was launched and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Make and Craft is from the same editor as Popular Crafts Magazine and really embraces the craft community. There are tons fabulous projects in the first issue and the website is full of fantastic competitions, a shop and an engaging forum.
Plus, I’m on the home page for my behind the scenes interview with them! Click the image below to read it.
So it’s all happening at the moment! My friend Jess and I are gearing up for our first craft fair and I’m really looking forward to connecting face to face with customers.
Keep an eye on the Etsy shop and Twitter/Facebook for new accessory bundles coming soon!
The time has come! My Etsy shop isfinally open. Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram will have seen a couple of sneak peeks over the last week or so, but now it is time to finally reveal claireabellemakes on Etsy!
All my products are hand crafted and combine my love of jewellery, accessories, fabric, shabby chic, kitsch and vintage. I’m so excited to share my first product lines with you and would welcome feedback, good or bad! Here goes…..
Fabric covered button rings feature in all different patterns & colours.
A selection of vintage button rings and hair slides, I love these big shiny brown buttons!
The shop also features Personalised wooden Scrabble tile rings. There were quite a few pre-orders of these so I think they will be popular. Thank you to Eve and Suzie who were my first orders! I wear C of course, which is worth 3 points 😉
Cabachon flower hairslide sets and rings, simple and pretty.
A selection of fabric covered button hair slides – I never have a bag without hair slides in!
Future lines will include coin purses and BOWS! I absolutely love bows, so will be working on some product lines in the near future for claireabellemakes.
My Etsy shop button will now be a permanent feature in the right hand column. The blog will occasionally introduce new lines, but will not be a forum for sales.
Please get in touch if you’d like a custom product or have feedback! I hope you have enjoyed this little introduction and will pay my shop a visit. It’s been hard work, but so worthwhile for those moments when other people value something you have made.