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Hey folks, how was your Bank Holiday weekend? I think we were blessed for having good weather over the weekend, although did anyone see the thunder and lightning in the evenings? They were pretty spectacular as I often don’t really see lightning fork so quickly. I’m off for the week so I’m going to spend my time doing some more personal artwork and rejig my website as it’s desperately in need of a revamp. I don’t like the theme as it no longer represents what I’m doing at the moment so I’ll be updating my website very soon.

 

To celebrate Etsy’s 13th year in the arts and crafts business I’ll be holding a mini celebration of my own by having a 10% discount in my Etsy shop starting from 18th-22rd June- so put that down in your diaries! It’s been a journey for myself over the past couple of years as I’ve learnt so many things online and through doing craft fairs. Etsy has been a great platform to showcase my work as well as to experiment with photography and trialling out different products. It’s been a wonderful experience and I suppose without it I don’t think I’d be where I am now. Granted, it’s tough as you have to put in lots of time and hard work into it but I love the Etsy community as it’s such a supportive group of people where you can always ask for help.

 

I’m going to leave it there; have a lovely week and take care.

 

Jo

Well, my birthday has come round pretty fast! Urgh, I’ll be 31 in a week and I say this every year but I’m not fussed about my birthday anymore. No, I really mean it. I don’t feel any different either!

Do you fancy 31% off? To celebrate my birthday all you have to do is enter BIRTHDAYTREAT during checkout. The coupon will start today on Monday 14th until Wednesday 23rd.

Happy shopping!

Hello folks! How’s your week been? I’ve been eating quite a lot of chocolate eggs for breakfast (well, it has to be done, right?). I’m planning on going back to Doncaster for a couple of days and then for the rest of the Easter break I’ll probably be cracking on updating my website and doing more odd jobs around the house, which seems like a never ending cycle 🙁

In other rather exciting news, I’ve added lots of new pocket mirrors in my Etsy shop- yay! All new designs in time for spring as well.


Thanks for reading folks, as always, and enjoy the Easter Bank holiday!

 

Jo

Good evening folks! How are you all? I hope your week has been a good one- yay for that weekend feeling too!

I’m really happy to say that for Etsy’s International Women’s Day  they’ve selected one of my prints to feature alongside other sellers, that is, celebrating all things handmade by creative women in business. I couldn’t be anymore happier than to be part of something inspirational; I made that print for myself as I was in a bad patch a while back. That quote, for me, made me realise that I’m in control of my own life and whatever I’m doing I should be free and happy to make those choices. The pursuit of happiness and satisfaction with the way I think and feel is something I’ve been working on for a very long time. Some days it’s a struggle, but other days I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Do you ever get that feeling where sometimes you feel like you’ve lost control of everything? It’s not a very nice feeling I have to say! I’ve found by talking about my feelings to close friends it’s helped a lot to get over those overwhelming feelings. Put it this way, we are all part of something very big- like- we’re the stars in the night sky all connected to one another in one way or another. And when I think like that it puts things into perspective; take each day as it goes and build up on your strengths.


There’s obviously still loads more progress that needs to be made even in this day and age (meaning global changes) in terms of the economic inequalities such as pay, the verbal and online abuse women face because of their job title particularly women politicians (see Stylist’s article about this), and the constant objectification of women in the media. Let’s all come together and give a massive shout out to all the women and girls out their making their dreams and ambitions come true. Strength in numbers I say!

Here’s to the future: the future is female. Now let’s smash that bastard glass ceiling to the ground.

 

Jo x

Hello folks… can you see where I’m going with this?! I’m super pleased to announce that I’ve finally opened a Folksy shop! I’ve been meaning to do this for over a year now, but I never got round to it. Anyway, I thought I would give it a bash and see how it goes. Obviously I’m having to navigate my way round it as I’m going and it’s hard not to compare it with Etsy as the two user interfaces are completely different. I’m always up for trying out new things- it’s the best way to learn too.


I’ll be updating more products as I’m going, hopefully within the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned and support handmade local businesses!

Are you on Folksy? Are there any advice you could give to a newbie who’s just joined Folksy? What do you think of it? I look forward to reading your comments below. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

 

Jo