Do you enjoy adventures or know someone who does?
Can’t resist the call of the wild?
Want to look good, but still need to be practical?
You have come to the right place.
Tell us a bit about the artist behind your creations.
I am from a creative family, mum was an avid knitter and seamstress. My dad enjoys painting, lace work and macramé. My sister and I started cross stitch together which she still does when I’ve moved on to crochet. My grandmother was also a painter and enjoyed embroidery work. I am the first to turn my hobby into a career.
Have you always been creative or did your talent evolve over time?
I taught myself to crochet 6 years ago watching YouTube videos I think having a creative background and growing up enjoying lots of different arts and crafts helped with the mindset of learning a new craft later in life. I also taught myself basic bookbinding to make my traveller notebooks which I love doing and inherited my mum’s sewing machine which I use to make fabric hair scrunchies.
What is it that you enjoy most about your work?
Creating something from nothing. I can lose myself for hours in my crochet which has helped my mental health immensely. I never dreamed that my crafts were good enough to sell let alone turn into a small business. I love creating for others and it still warms me to know my products are in so many other people’s households now. When you start with a piece of fabric or a ball of yarn you’re never quite sure how it is going to turn out. Sometimes there are mistakes when you have to undo your work start again and as frustrating as that it is it’s still a fun part of the creative process. Experimenting and trying different things working with different media.
Have you achieved anything in your crafting life that you are particularly proud of?
To be able to turn my hobby into a business and fit it around caring for my youngest son while he goes through his third year of cancer treatment is an achievement. I can do what I love and love what I do. Not many people get to say that about their work.
Other than crafting what else do you like to do?
As well as being from a crafting family, we are also an outdoor loving family. I grew up with scouting, my father is still involved with Scouts in his 70s. I married an ex TA, so we spend our free time hiking and camping. We are lucky to call the Brecon Beacons National Park our home, so have an endless supply of adventures on our doorstep and as our backyard.
If you had to choose your favourite from your creations, which would it be?
My favourite creation to make are my signature Traveller Notebooks. I have loved working with customers and their amazing imaginations to create some truly fantastic unique gifts. I am looking forward to trying out cork notebooks in the future to add to the faux leather ones I currently offer.
What advice would you offer to someone new starting out in the craft world?
Connect with other creatives and small business owners. It is not about competition as there is room for us all, but having the advice, knowledge and guidance of others that can relate to the path you are on. Don’t try to do it all alone. The creative community is genuinely welcoming and supportive I have not faced any animosity even from creatives that crochet themselves. We are all so wonderfully diverse and everyone is supportive to each other.
If you could change one thing about what you do, what would it be?
I would love to have a work space away from the house. There is convenience to being able to work on a laptop whilst in pyjamas on the sofa, but I would like, in the future, to run craft workshops and to have a small shop space where I can sell other creatives makes. Like a craft collective. It would also give me a better separation of work/life balance. My conservatory is my craft room and it is great that I can shut the door in the evenings, but it is difficult to truly switch off sometimes. When you know there is stuff to be done, it is too easy to grab the laptop and work.
What do you think has helped your business the most?
Support from the creative community and connecting with customers on social media. Having an online presence is a must to any small business. You need to be genuine and show your personal side while staying professional. Support from family and friends is also vital to help you start off.
Has any person helped or supported you more than any other?
My wonderful, loving and supportive husband. He has worked tirelessly to convert our conservatory into my craft room. He built my beautiful workbench and shelf units. He gives me the space and belief to give my small business idea a try.
Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I can play the saxophone and clarinet although I have not played in years. I am enjoying spending my time creating all my Adventure Accessories.
How would our readers find you?
Website – www.AdventureAccessories.co.uk
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AdventureAcces
Twitter – Twitter.com/adventureacces
Instagram – Instagram.com/adventureacces
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