Friday, 24 October 2014

Weekly Wrap Up! w/e 24th October 2014


New Members!

Member No: 201014634
Joanna Wallington from Charms by Joanna
Favours and Gifts in the UK.


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 Member No: 211014635
Theresa Hegarty from Rust and Stardust Personalised Jewellery
Handmade silver jewellery in the UK.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ItsRustandStardust 
https://www.facebook.com/rustandstardustjewellery?ref=hl 

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Member No: 211014636
Gillian Godjas from Daisy Chain Gifts
Gift shop featuring handmade soaps, bath products, floral arrangements, greeting cards, knitwear and homewares in the USA.

www.daisychaingifts.com 
www.facebook.com/DaisyChainGifts 

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Member No: 241014637
Maxine Veronica Pring from Paper, Chains & Beads
Inspired by Vintage - Artworks, Mixed Media, Scrapbooking & Jewellery
in the UK.

www.folksy.com/shops/paperchainsandbeads 
www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PaperChainsandBeads 
www.facebook.com/PaperChainsandBeads 

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Partners in Craft

Team 11 has just been set off!
Meet:

Posh Bird Creations
Sweet Aroma's
Enchanting Crafts

Friday, 17 October 2014

Weekly Wrap Up! 17th October 2014

New Members

Premium Member No: 111014632
Natalie Tiltman from Natalie Tiltman Textile Art
Hand stitched cards, art and gifts in the UK.


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Member No: 161014633
Tammy Betson from T&M Arts and Crafts
Handmade silver wire and gemstone jewellery and art work
in the UK

http://www.tandm-artsandcrafts.co.uk
www.facebook.com/TandMArtsandCrafts
 

Friday, 10 October 2014

Who's New?

New Members!

Member No: 061014630
Gail Martin from Black Star Leather
Hand made leather items, by traditional methods - some with a twist
in Wales, UK.


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Member No: 081014631
Debbie Vesey from Debbie Claire Gems
Handmade gemstone jewellery and accessories
in the UK.


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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Prince Charles boosts Britain's wool industry

As the campaign celebrates Wool Week , Prince Charles has spoken of his delight that the passion he holds for one of the natural world’s great resources had helped bring the industry back from the brink.



We have a fabulous selection of Guild Members who spin and create their products using wool. You can find them in our crochet and knitting, felting sections and also in textiles


                                                                                                                  



Grab our free download
5 ways you should be marketing your business here

We are also adding lots of new features to the Premium Members Area of our Guild at the moment so keep an eye out for these. Standard Members are welcome to a discounted membership upgrade at any time

Monday, 6 October 2014

It's OK to feel fed up with it all!

It really is!
Just because you are the only one at the helm of your business it doesn't mean that you have to give it your all every single day no matter what! Even those of us that have been at it for years get fed up occasionally.

I've just had one of those weeks myself!
Those that know me are aware that one of the reasons I have so many facets to my business is that it helps to keep my interest levels up. I can switch about between them which usually stops me getting bored. This last week though I've hardly been able to bring myself to switch on my PC.

I think some of this was due to the fact that I wasn't well and for the last few weeks have been switching from various forms of medication and going backwards and forwards to the doctors but I have worked through much worse illnesses than this. There are also rather high levels of stress going on around my family at the moment (nothing too bad, just stressful) and with all that and not a lot of sleep I think I just burned out a bit. I remember being like this before a few Christmases ago when it all just got too much.

It is at times like these that it would be easy to say, "Right, that's it, I'm giving it all up!" which of course would be a terrible thing to do after so many years of putting my heart and soul into everything that I do. And naturally I wouldn't do it as whether they appreciate it or not (and I think a lot don't) people rely on me and they need me to be here to help them.

 Does this happen to you?

A few days totally away from it all is often what is needed. Recharge those batteries, allow your brain to recuperate and be able to process new ideas. Find your enthusiasm again! When I say a few days away I don't necessarily mean pack your bags and take off into the wilds (although that would be fabulous and very beneficial), it generally just means
  • leave the PC off for a few days!
  • Stop peering at your phone every five minutes!
  • Let social networking look after itself for a change.
The world will not stop turning just because you aren't online for 72 hours! Lie on the sofa and watch reruns of Friends (I did a bit of that last week). Take a walk and breathe in the fresh air. Spend time with family and friends. The most important thing is to keep your mind away from your work for as long as you can. And then....  then....
when you are ready to come back you will be able to see everything in a new light.

I have to admit that I'm still not 100% back to normal as I'm still not completely better but things are definitely a lot more bearable than they were last week. I am also guilty of not heeding my own advice in this case though as I wasn't totally away from it all. That does make all the difference.

So for me, for your business, for your family and most of all for you...

be kind to yourself and if it all seems like it's too much right now, take a break. 

                                                                                                                                                                            

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5 ways you should be marketing your business here

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Friday, 3 October 2014