Hello and welcome to my first Blog post.
Ok, that isn’t completely honest. I, like so many of you, have blogged before. Years ago when i travelled around Europe i decided a blog was the best way to keep my family and friends in the know without sending the dreaded ‘group email’. If you’re interested in taking a trip down memory lane (my memory that is) the travel blog ‘Travels in a Teacup’ can be found here: http://imogenwilson.wordpress.com/2010/06/ but enough about the past, we are here to talk about the present and this new exciting blog!
…first a bit of background info though…
For the last three years i have been making jewellery and selling it at craft fairs and a handful of shops.
In fact the Europe trip mentioned above was how i got started, looking for something that i could make and then sell at fairs to fund the trip (on top of my 9-5 job). While at my first fair i was approached by the owner of a shop and asked if she could stock my creations! The rest as they say is history.
Fast forward three years and i find myself planning a wedding, planning a honeymoon, stocking ten shops, AND working the Christmas rush at a different 9-5 job (that didn’t challenge me). So i decided to take a leap, a rather large leap, and quit the 9-5 job. To most this wouldn’t be much of a leap, quitting a job ‘so what’ you’re thinking! But my plan went much further than that- i was going to quit and try to support myself on the money i make from my craft business. As if this wasn’t enough of a challenge i planned on putting everything on hold for two months while i went on honeymoon, all the craft business momentum i had worked so hard to build lost while i jet set around Asia.
That brings us roughly up to speed. I returned three days ago from a whirlwind, sweaty trip around sweltering Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and tepid Japan, to freezing, windy Wellington with no ‘job’ but lots of ideas, passion and a belly full of fear.
In this blog i intend to take you along every step of the way as i try to grow my teeny craft business into something sustainable…
…watch this space!