branding, craft, crochet, knitting, marketing, photography, sewing, Uncategorized, vintage, work

Further New Beginnings!

Wow – so much has changed since my last blog…

Not only am I refocusing and rebranding my brand, but I also now have a new job, which I am starting in July, I am going back to working in the NHS after 5 years in the private sector.  So much positive change ahead!

I therefore haven’t had as much time as expected to plan out my new brand.  So today is my first day back on my schedule for planning ahead.

One or two things I have, however, managed to organise will make a big difference.  In the mean time, here are a few bits and pieces which I couldn’t resist…

Last month I went to the Craft 4 Crafters Show at the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet.  These ribbons were just so cute that I had to get them!  I love the buttons ribbon – I could just see this as an edging on a bag.  The leaf ribbons are so unusual, and the heart ribbons are so dainty and cute.

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I also decided that I would try making some purses in the near future, so bought a small sew-in purse frame to test it out.  I have been given some advice on how to make them from my favourite haberdashery, Millie Moon in Frome.  I also bought a glue-in purse frame from them to see which I prefer!

The beads were also from the Craft 4 Crafters show, from a wonderful bead shop in Southampton.  They are inset with rhinestones and so gorgeous – the picture doesn’t do them justice.  I decided on the silver and rose gold varieties and can imagine these decorating a beautiful handbag.

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At the fantastic Vintage Bazaar, at the Cheese and Grain in Frome, I found a stall selling vintage pearls and pearl/mother-of-pearl buttons, these are so stunning, I could just spend hours looking at them.  But they fit in beautifully with my branding plans, so at some point I am going to have to use them!

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One thing I have managed to organise is finding a photographer that I like.  Holly Booth creates the style and image that I am looking for, I would love to work with her.  As she is based in Derby and I am in Wiltshire I thought that may be an issue, but thankfully she does a postal service, so I can send some of my creations and she can work her wonders without me needing to be there…

I have also found a graphic designer that I want to work with – this was a bit of a no-brainer.  Ryan used to work with me at Cats Protection (back in my pre-nursing days) and has a successful business now – RhinoBytes – and we’ve had a quick discussion but I need to get my branding requirements to him.

So, I have plenty to be getting on with and the next stage will be to prepare my brief for Ryan and delve more deeply into what I want my brand to look like.

Here’s to exciting times!

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craft, crochet, knitting, Uncategorized, work

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 20

On to Day 20 already – I am getting more used to posting daily!

Day 20: Do you knit in public? Was anyone offended/incredibly happy/curious that you were doing so?

I do both knit and crochet in public.  I often take to a project in my lunch break at work, on the train if I am going away for the weekend or if I’m on the go and want to take a project with me somewhere.

When I first started knitting I got lots of comments at work, mainly asking what I was making or giving me hints and tips.  It’s amazing to find out how many people are secretly crafty!

Most of the things I take to work are crochet projects, so not necessarily fitting in with the knitting theme, but one knitting-related enquiry did take me aback, a colleague whom I only vaguely recognised came up to me and told me that I was doing it all wrong!

Luckily I had been on a knitting workshop the weekend before, so I felt able to respond by saying “oh well, this is the way I have been taught so I’ll stick with this for now!”…

She obviously reconsidered what she had said and came back the next day with a very interesting article on swiss darning which she picked out for me in case I was interested!

Hey ho!

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