One whole year of business - Where has the year gone!
My little business is a few days away from being a whole year old. Can you believe it! Its been a surprisingly calm first year with lots of pattern designing and creative events being held.
On a daily basis I fight with my to do list and wish for more time but when I reflect back on what I have achieved throughout the year I feel a huge sense of accomplishment. I have designed and launched four patterns which are available to download on Etsy and I have oodles of designs in process (too many to count!) some of which will be available for free on my blog later this year. On top of all of this I have met some amazing people at my crochet clinics and workshops and love the creative community I am part of.
Connections and collaborations with other local businesses and online buddies have been super exciting and I look forward to building on these over the coming months.
As of 11th September my world will change considerably. My baby girl starts school! As she grows and we conker each leap and turn we, I feel, will move towards a calmer, more organised life. I see September as a time for us to regroup. As the girls minds develop and they explore who they are I struggle to keep them entertained, tantrums often run high... and that's just me! The juggle of home, day job, business and my beautiful family often gets muddled and this is why I hold September so high up on a pedestal.
Our working day will be shorter, giving us a more relaxed pace to play, laugh and simply be together. I currently work in the evenings on my business when the girls have gone to bed and most days we're on the go from 6am and they don't settle until after 7pm. Starting work between 8-8.30pm in the evening isn't as productive has I'd like.
So, as of September we will all experience change. I have rejigged my hours at the day job so I can do the school run and, wait for it, I will get a full day, well five hours, on a Friday to spend purely on business! Oh my word, this is going to be bliss. I will be able to keep on top of blogging, write up patterns as I create them, plan events and workshops, and generally share my journey with you more frequently. Eeek, So excited! I hope that this dedicated time will help to separate business and home. I often feel guilty. Its not uncommon for me to get distracted thinking about whats on my to do list whilst I'm with the girls or feel sad that I miss out on fun activities as I take time away to do business, like today. That's to plan anyway! Wish us luck as we start our next adventure!
It's Party Time!
I launched my creative business back in August last year and as part of my business plan I wanted to offer a monthly event to support my students. September 2016 saw the birth of Crochet Clinic.
Crochet Clinic is a place for like minded people to come together, share their crochet journey and explore new techniques and ideas. Its predominantly a social event but if anyone is interested in learning to crochet its a great place to come and see what its all about. Find our more about Crochet Clinic here.
To celebrate our first year I am hosting a special Birthday Crochet Clinic on Wednesday 6th September. There will be cake, tasty treats, music and an vibrant party feel. Regulars, followers, newbies, friends and family alike please join me for a relaxed, anything goes Crochet Clinic. Bring your craft or just yourselves, take part or drink and eat the night away, whatever you choose, I'll see you there! For more information, check out the Facebook event here.
It's Giveaway Time!
Not only will there be a party to celebrate my first year but I am also running an Instagram Giveaway, right now! I have teamed up with a couple of my fave creatives to host the giveaway alowing one lucky winner the chance to get their hands on these wonderful prizes.
To be in with a chance of winning, head over to Instagram and follow these three simple rules; follow me, like the giveaway photo and tag a friend, simple! The competition will close Fri 25th August 2017 at 7pm GMT. Don't miss out - Go do it now! The winners will be drawn at random and announced Sat 26th August.
You're the best - Thanks guys!
Thank you so much for all your support this year, you're the best. As always, please leave me a comment and say hi. It's you guys that keep me going, my community, my friends and family, your my team.
Ta-ra for now duckies
Celebrate April with me!
It's only bloomin' 6th April already!
To celebrate the best month of the year I thought I'd create my very own Instagram Challenge. Mainly to encourage myself to post more thoughtful, engaging posts but also to celebrate a fabulous time of year, Springtime. A time for warmth, happiness, a burst of colour, new life, and longer days. Oh how I'm loving the longer days, the light nights are a breath of fresh air. Oh and April is a month filled with Birthdays and celebrations, woohoo!! Who else is an April baby?
I have purposely kept the challenge to two weeks long because I know a full month can be bloomin' overwhelming. I just knew I wouldn't be able to keep up with a 30 day challenge. Been there and failed. I think I only got to about Day 16 of #yarnlovechallenge back in February and then dropped in and out when I liked the sound of the prompt.
Here's a few of my favourite images from #yarnlovechallenge...
If you would like to join in my Celebrate April Challenge here's how:
The 14 prompts I have listed are totally up to your interpretation. Take them literally or dream up something wacky. It’s up to you!
Have fun folks. I look forward to seeing your images and reading your thoughts.
Hi, I'm April.
Crochet designer and tutor based in Nottingham.