Ask Me Anything: The Answers (Part II)

Happy Friday! I’d like to extend a special welcome to my new followers who have joined us following my Crafty Giveaway.

Last week I challenged you to Ask Me Anything. Part I was great fun to write, so today I am sharing Part II.

I live in Cape Town, South Africa – so my question is have you even been? (Shani)

I have never been, but it looks beautiful! It’s one of the places to visit that is on my list, along with China, India, Vegas and many more. I should get saving 😉

World Map Print


Do you have any funny school stories? (Crafts from a Ravenclaw)

Hmm this is a hard question for me as I have a terrible terrible memory from my school days. I do remember playing a lot of outdoor rounders and hopscotch as a kid and pressing flowers and making perfume. We used to try and sell the perfume to our Mums but it smelled awful!

What craft (or technique) haven’t you tried that you would like to?
Only one craft for the rest of your life – pick one! (Not So Granny)

I am super excited about a screen printing course I have booked in a couple of months as it has been something I have wanted to try for a while. However, I’d also love to try lace making as it is so intricate and has a historic element. I love the idea of traditional crafts such as willow weaving too. So many!

Gosh one craft for the rest of my life………I think it would have to be crochet and I’m not just saying that as I learnt from you!! It has endless possibilities for creativity and I love yarn shopping/squishing. Yarn squishing is a thing, right?!

Learning to Crochet by claireabellemakes

I want to have 2 lamas and spin their wool!!! Can you remember when you first took the plunge to sell your own goods? (Little Poppits)

It was only in the last year! I started making accessories for people as gifts and I realised that I should set up an online store as I was inspired by so many others selling their creations. Finding a way to make a business out of my love for fabric, buttons and accessories was very exciting!

Claireabellemakes Etsy

How important is sponsoring other blogs in relation to selling on Etsy? (The Dusty Attic)

Good question! I make a point of sponsoring one blog per month and select one with a readership that fits my target market. I haven’t always got it right in the past – even sponsoring some big blogs didn’t generate traffic and sales, so I try to think carefully about it. I check my Etsy stats regularly to see how people found my shop, but I’m still working on how to translate more visits into sales!

I also think it is important to support other bloggers through sponsorship as for some people that is their income stream. One blog I like to support often gives all her sponsorship fees to charity which I love the idea of.

Do you follow a set process from design to finished product or do you make things off the cuff? (Pattern Piper)

I do plan a design beforehand and always always product test as I would hate for the standard of the product to be below par. For example, I experimented with the blank scrabble tiles and patterened paper to create a unique jewellery piece, but the end result wasn’t as I expected it would be. I definitely plan time for exploring the creative process, but equally I have produced designs off the cuff before and they have sold like hot cakes!

Handmade Scrabble

If you could have a career doing anything you liked (money no object) what would you choose to do and why? You can choose more than one thing if you like, because I’m feeling generous :p (Hook Line & Sink Her)

Hard question, thanks Katie! I would love love love to run a craft space/tea drinking emporium/cat cafe. That would be my most favourite place to be, so I could imagine it would be a fun place to work. I would have lots of lose leaf teas on offer, yarn ball pits for people to lay in, cats to cuddle and glue guns ready. There would be CAKE. Tammy could get all the hugs she needed.


So there you have it! Enough about me for the time being I think……

Thanks SO much for all your wonderful questions and for being so very kind to me. I was secretly scared that someone would ask me a horrid/scary question but you were utterly super! I hope you enjoyed being a bit nosey 😉

Back next week with the last of my April giveaways on Monday. It’s craft related (of course) and very exciting!

Happy Weekend!


11 thoughts on “Ask Me Anything: The Answers (Part II)

  1. I love reading these Claire! Such a good idea! I used to make perfume too and try and sell it, it was mostly muddy water with petals in! yum!

    I like the sound of your cafe, I’d be there all the time! 🙂

    Jen xx

  2. This is such a fun idea! So, you used to be a perfumer?? 😉

    And, you are a girl after my own heart…I’d choose crochet if I could only do one craft forever too! I love that all you need is a hook and some yarn. And, gosh, do I love yarn!!

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