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Letting go of the Holidays- The slow beginning to 2014

When I decided to quit my job and become self-employed full-time it was a whirlwind of busy. I quit, got married, went on honeymoon then got home and threw myself into it 100% from day one. I was originally worried about self motivation, time management, and most importantly… getting up in the morning. I was worried I would sleep the day away, surf the net, be lazy, go shopping, see friends… and not do the necessary knuckling down to get stuff done. To my delight the opposite was true. Last year I worked harder than I ever have, I worked long days, I pushed myself and I worked – longer hours than I imagined, structured days, timetabled weeks. I learnt HEAPS, made new connections, got stocked at new shops, launched two new brands and… as you can imagine, was a bit exhausted.

When my husband and I decided to go away for a week over Christmas I thought it would be stressful preparing, December is the busiest month of the year after all, was it a good idea in my first year of self employment going away? I wrote lists, I filled orders, I made sure all the brick and mortar shops I stock were full. Multiple customer orders (via Etsy, Felt, email and Facebook) came in every day, and I was able to fill them easily as I was busy through winter making stock for just this reason. The closer it got to Christmas, the week I was worried about taking off, the calmer everything became and I had a lovely time. Totally the opposite of what I was expecting. I had never thought about it that hard, and of course shop wholesale orders slow down closer to the big day, as stuff needs to be in store well beforehand in order to sell, and online customer orders slow down as shipping time is an important factor. Imagine my surprise that my busiest Christmas to date, my first as a self-employed maker, was also my most relaxing, my calmest.

Open Book by Elizabeth Mayville

Open Book by Elizabeth Mayville

The week before Christmas I put my online shops on ‘holiday mode’ and tidied my studio. My plan of attack for 2014 slowly formed in my head and new collections, ideas and promotions slowly swirled and came slowly into focus.

Then we flew North, for a week of reading in the sun, drinking beer and sleeping in. It was bliss. I took my workbook with me, and some printed out calendar months, thinking I would start writing down my plan of attack for 2014 while there… but instead, I didn’t. I relaxed, truly relaxed, for the first time in over a year. No work talk, no work planning. No making of any kind. I love my job, I love what I do… but it was WONDERFUL. Thanks to Facebook’s new ‘scheduling’ function I didn’t go online for the better part of the week either, which was a new kind of bliss I never could have imagined.

When we got back I decided to give myself one more week off, as my husband still had a week of leave left. We relaxed a bit more, caught up on some chores replied to pressing emails and pottered in my studio when I felt like it…

A week into January Lindsay (my husband) went back to work, so I decided I would too. I had a handful of customer and shop orders in my inbox so attended to them first. I used some of the $$ made from holiday sales to buy in bulk all the necessary packaging and findings to see me through till (hopefully) mid year, then when I was finished with all of that, I treated myself to a half day and read in the sun.

Every day that week went a little like that. Sleep in, a bit of work, a bit of play, a bit more work, finish early. It had gotten to the point where I was getting worried that I may have lost my momentum from last year. My productivity was out the window… even though I was filling orders I wasn’t moving forward with anything new… paper work had gone completely by the way side too. Till late last week. It took a whole month of chipping away at it, but finally I’m back to some kind of routine. Who knew it would be such a relief, almost better than the holiday… knowing I’ve pulled it together. Must try harder next year…


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2013 Christmas Gift Guide- Something for Everyone!

Well it’s that time of year again, fair season, gift season, when the weather warms up but the shop windows and TV advertising still features trees covered in snow and snowmen. It’s a weird hemisphere we live in.

The busiest time of year for everyone, but hopefully also the most fun in lots of ways!

To make shopping for the perfect gift easier I have created a ‘Imogen Wilson Jewellery 2013 Christmas Gift Guide’ as having three separate lines (and therefore shops) can seem daunting to navigate at times (even to me) I have compiled an easy to navigate, thorough guide with suggestions from the three lines for everyone from your wife to your boss, and don’t worry there are ideas for men in there too!

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You can view the guide here

For your Sister- Imogen Wilson Jewellery Yellow Crane earrings!

For your Sister- Imogen Wilson Jewellery Yellow Crane Earrings!

Making the guide was loads of fun, and a tiny bit challenging. First I made a list of all the people you might buy for, then I made a list of all the gifts that might be appropriate from each line… then I edited and whittled the gifts down to the perfect one for each person… it felt a bit like playing Santa…

For your Brother- Major Tom space cufflinks!

For your Brother- Major Tom space cufflinks!

Next year I will make the list a little earlier, as I left it a bit late this year. Also fine tune it a bit as I worry it’s a bit long… But I suppose that is/ can be the beauty of the internet… Ctrl F is your best friend!

Ex Libris orange brooch- sSomething for everyone, either sex

Ex Libris orange brooch- Something for everyone, either sex

I hope you enjoy it!


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To Market, to Market, to Buy Handmade!

My first stall, where I sold origami crane earrrings, mini toppers (tiny hats) and gingerbread

My first stall, where I sold origami crane earrings, mini toppers and gingerbread

I made my first pair of cranes because I wanted to wear them myself. They were so fun to create that I made another pair, and another, and another… Soon I had 30 pairs of crane earrings hanging off a vase in my lounge and nothing to do with them, so I decided to attend my first craft fair and see if anyone else thought they were as cool as I did.  

The fair I chose was an outdoor fair, a couple of weeks before Christmas, at the top of Cuba St Wellington. I had a great time, got heaps of awesome feedback, made a killing financially, and best of all was approached by Jacki of Rex Royale and asked if they could stock my wares… that fair started my business, the excitement I felt and the confidence as a result of my success’ there. (Ironically given my recent experience and stresses with the tempestuous weather conditions, which you will read about below, I don’t remember being stressed or worried about the weather at all)

Selling at fairs has many perks, you are face to face/ one on one with your customers. You can gage their reactions to new products, engage with them in a way you can’t online. You can ask their opinions, test out pricing, be in an environment surrounded by other makers like you and give your products a face, a personality, a story! All going well you make a bit of extra money from the experience too. I’m not sure of the exact number of fairs and markets I’ve sold at since that first one, but it’s in the double digits. I’ve been part of some great events over the years, but more recently I have had a series of such disappointing fairs (some badly organised, others under publicised…) that I had decided to hang up my float and retire from the fair game. My attempt at attending the Thorndon fair was the final nail in the coffin, or so I thought…

I've been around the block when it comes to Wellington stalls...

I’ve been around the block when it comes to Wellington stalls…

Three years ago I decided to apply for the Thorndon fair, a fundraising event organised by a local school (the profits from table hire goes straight to them). It is a large event, outdoors, on the first Sunday of December. I applied, and was accepted. I prepared for ages, borrowed a trestle table (so I wouldn’t incur the extra hireage fee) and organised a lift there with my bags and bags of stock, displays and of course the table. The day of the fair it was horrible. Rain, lots of wind, plain old yuck. We packed the car and drove there, just in case, some people had shown up and were setting up their stalls (as there was no plan B) but nearly all of them had pop up gazebos, with sandbags, which I did not. Also of course, the product I was selling being light and paper… well, it would never survive. So we drove home, with me sobbing the whole way.

The next year I was more prepared. The weather wouldn’t win again. I applied, was accepted (with a slightly better spot) and I purchased a pop up gazebo so the rain wouldn’t stop me attending. The day of the fair Wellington had record winds. I could barely stand still in it, let alone sell my delicate wares. The gazebo just wouldn’t survive in weather like that. So I chalked the whole thing up to experience, safe in the knowledge that I tried (twice) and that at least the money I had wasted went towards Thorndon school not into someone’s pocket… It was my donation to children’s education, I tried to convince myself (while sobbing).

This year the application arrived in my mail box and I went online straight away to unsubscribe.

Craft 2.0 in the atrium, my stall is in the middle there behind those people...

Here is Craft 2.0 in the atrium last year, my stall is on the right just behind those people… The certainty of a venue you know will be rain free- Bliss

Weeks later a friend of mine, Nini from Things Unseen, emailed to say she had a spot (undercover no less, which was good as I had sold my gazebo after the last failed attempt) she wasn’t able to attend herself but didn’t want to loose her spot (as it would go to someone else if she declined… once you have a good spot it’s hard to get it back). She offered it to me, she would pay for the spot, I would just have to attend (weather willing) and sell some of her jewellery on my table. It seemed too good to be true!

I said yes to the spot around 6 months ago and on the Monday before the fair (with 6 days to go) I remembered it was on. I was totally unprepared so spent the whole week preparing, doing nearly nothing else except fair prep; making new stock, making new displays, packing my bag (a full sized backpacker pack plus a full bag in each hand). The weather forecast looked good, rain Tuesday to Friday then sun on Saturday and most importantly Sunday. It was true to form, it rained and rained and rained. Then Saturday arrived and some sun poked through… with light showers and 140k winds… it wasn’t looking good. My stomach knotted, I worried all day. Had I put ALL this effort in for nothing? I went to bed that night with crossed fingers and toes.

The morning of the fair was SPLENDID. The weather couldn’t have been better. It was sunny, warm, and mostly still (it’s Wellington, that’s really as good as you get here). The fair was wonderful. It was busy, I met some lovely people and saw many friends. I sold heaps, ate candy floss with my friend Heidi (who kindly offered to help me), introduced my new range Ex Libris.

…but most importantly it restored my faith in fairs.

My friend Heidi who helped out on the day, Thorndon fair 2013

Heidi who helped out on the day, Thorndon fair 2013


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Blinded by the Light- Major Tom Scanner Photo Shoot

Not so long ago I was a total photo shoot virgin. Earlier this year while I was hatching plans for world domination one jewellery line at a time, I planned my first photo shoot for my new brand Ex Libris. You probably know that already, I talked about it here, and here. So with plans to launch two brands a month shy of each other, I planned both photo shoots simultaneously. Enough to make my head spin– yes, not the cleverest use of my time- no… but focusing on one thing at a time has never been my style so while I was planning the Ex Libris photo shoot with photographer Brock and model Genevieve, I had a secret weapon for both jobs up my sleeve for the Major Tom shoot… Me.

I don’t particularly like doing things the way everyone else is if possible, my jewellery is a perfect example of that (I hope). I only make things I would wear, and I like to make things that are fun and don’t take themselves too seriously. So when I stumbled on this; Scanner Photoshoot by Henry Hargreaves while looking for photo shoot inspiration I was sold. It was so quirky and different, I was convinced I could make it my own.

Scanner Photoshoot Henry Hargreaves

Scanner Photo shoot by Henry Hargreaves; the results

I loved that it was different, that it would be a challenge and that I hadn’t seen anything like it before. If it was done well it had the potential to be quite outer spacey, the theme of the jewellery I was launching, it seemed perfect. Plus, how fun does this look:

Scanner Photoshoot Henry Hargreaves

Scanner Photo shoot by Henry Hargreaves; the how. Looks like fun to me, especially if you’d like to see spots…

I borrowed a scanner from my parents and did a test ‘shot’. Of course the way a scanner collects it’s data is obvious from the name, it scans, one line at a time, so staying still was a very important part of the process and it was quite a bit harder staying still than I’d imagined… If I breathed too heavily or blinked at the wrong moment it would totally ruin the image. My first ‘moving test’ where I had my eyes open, then shut, then blinked (just for fun, too see what would happen) looked deranged. The scanner picked up a couple of lines of my eyes open, then shut, then open, then shut. It was terrifying, and (sorry) deleted immediately.

The other thing that became obvious quite quickly was how the scanner stretched my face if I used it landscape opposed to portrait. I went from Audrey Tautou to Ginny Sack in a matter of minutes…

Hmmm, if I'd put them round the other way it would look like I'd lost weight...

Hmmm, if I’d put them round the other way it would look like I’d lost weight…

The skylights in our lounge were my other problem, when I realised I tried several things to solve the problem including scanning with a box over my head. To anyone watching I would have looked ridiculous, luckily I was alone… Nothing cut all the light out so I solved the problem later with my new found photo editing skills.

Post production photo editing removed the sky light and made the photos apear more spacey...

Post production photo editing removed the skylight and made the photos appear more spacey…

A close friend pointed out that the scanner puts a harsh glare on the domed jewellery, the thing I am supposed to be showcasing, which I agree isn’t ideal. However when I use these photos it will be more to represent their size, they will be backed up by product shots (shots of the jewellery, well lit, on a white background) so hopefully these will do. I’d love to know if you think the exercise was a success or not, or about any unconventional photo shoots you have been part of…

 


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Etsy Treasury Addict

My name is Imogen, and I’m an Etsy treasury Addict.

You may have noticed if you have been reading my blog for a while, that I get hooked on things easily. I have a rather addictive personality, and when it comes to the internet, there is no such thing as too much. I have written previously about my addiction to Pinterest and also how I click through my tabs checking my stats as if I’m possessed, another of my e-weakness’ is Etsy treasuries.

What’s an Etsy treasury you may ask? The delightful collection of objects on the front page of Etsy, is a treasury. The treasuries are made by the makers, the sellers, the shmucks like me who sit for hours at a time choosing the eighteen items for each treasury with care. It is put there by the Etsy team, and changed often. I’m not sure how often, but I’d like to say hourly, or at least every couple of hours.

I made my first treasury around six months ago after my excitement at one of my items being featured in someone else’s. It was harder than I imagined it would be to create my own, I know what you’re thinking, how could it be difficult to copy and paste eighteen measly products into one collection? Hard. If you choose to theme the treasury, or not, the composition and colour of the photos chosen need to compliment the others around it. It could be that you could have the right collection objects just in the wrong order, it becomes a mess very easily. Having a screen that is pleasing on the eye is the aim, if your eye glazes over it focusing on nothing, you have failed. The items you have chosen might compliment each other well and be awesome, but be photographed terribly. There are so many opportunities to fail…

imogen wilson jewellery etsy treasury green spring pastel blue wedding

Pastel infusion, Wedding in blue, & Spring in my step – Imogen Wilson Jewellery treasuries

The aim of the first treasury I created was to get on the Etsy front page, the same aim I’m sure 99% of the other people who create them have. However one of the sneaky catches to this is, you can’t feature your own product.

imogen wilson jewellery etsy treasury nevermore botanicals collections

Natural botanicals, Nevermore, & Collections – Imogen Wilson Jewellery treasuries (which don’t feature my jewellery)

After realising how difficult and time consuming I had found it creating each one, I decided to look at it through different eyes, as a learning curve to hone my composition skills. I thought at the time that it was a valuable exercise, no such thing as too much practice… I created a new Pinterest board (why not merge the addictions) to keep track of them all, and share the love. The Treasurypin changes the orientation of the treasury, making it long and thin instead of the normal 4×4 format… which isn’t ideal… but it’s so much easier than screen capturing each one (like I have here), so that’s what I do…

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Book worm, Antiquated heaven, & Bookworm – Ex Libris treasuries

As time chugged on my intentions changed again, I wished to get others to notice my wares, to like, heart, favourite, bookmark, pin my items. Especially as I branched out and opened my new brand Ex Libris (and started tinkering with Major Tom). “Hello everyone”, my treasuries shouted, “I’m here!”

Major Tom

Big blue yonder, Over the Moon, & Floating round my tin can – Major Tom treasuries

Of course I have fun making them, or I wouldn’t do it. However the more I write here the more ridiculous the whole exercise feels, a bit like explaining facebook to someone who doesn’t use it, like a huge waste of time. However I’ve found the opposite is true. It has given me a greater understanding of what’s out there in the handmade marketplace. Of my competition, my community, and the handmade pricing structure. I am increasingly becoming more and more aware of different photographic techniques, props, and where my own photos are lacking. I’d highly recommend it for someone trying to hone their eye, or learn more about their own products or product photos!


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Make Love to the Camera

May 2010, my first ever product shots, luckily just for my records as everything about them are a good example of what not to do , it's all bad

May 2010, my first ever product shots, luckily just for my records as everything about them are a good example of what not to do , it’s all bad

Everyone knows how to take a photo, be it a holiday snap, a family portrait or a selfie, we’ve all attempted one at some point with varying results. But taking a photo to sell something online is something completely different and something that eludes many, including me. After the failure of my first batch listing on Etsy (I sold one thing, out of about 30, I’m calling failure). I was disheartened, but it was at a time I still had a full time job so I didn’t let it bother me too much. Now that I am selling full time it’s a bit more important… so I started to read other people’s tips on what makes and what breaks an Etsy shop.  There are many things that will instantly be the make or break of your shop, but the most obvious to address first seemed to be photography.

I have read time and time again, it’s not the camera you have it’s how you use it. My trusty 10 year old Cannon point and shoot had been used tirelessly for previous product shots, had travelled with me through Europe and Asia and sadly had been dropped more times than I can remember. It was my trusty companion through the good and the bad times. But when (in Asia) it started turning off mid photo I realised it was time to retire the old girl. In Japan, home to cheap ‘last season’ electronics (that haven’t even been released in NZ yet) hubby and I decided to buy a new camera. I wanted a pocket sized point and shoot, my new husband wanted a digital SLR. We settled on a bit of both with a pancake camera (a small point a shoot with huge lenses that can be attached at whim- something for him AND her, if you will) but the reviews we found online weren’t very good… so after much trial and error at a multitude of Japanese electronics stores we settled on two cameras (still heaps cheaper in NZ dollars than just buying the camera my husband wanted if it were purchased on our fine shores). So we both got what we wanted. I got a small-ish point and shoot for holidays, he got a big, chunky, seriously zoomey digital SLR for hobby photography that I could also use for product photography… win, win.

L-R: My trusty camera of 10 years, My new point and shoot, My husbands new toy/ my product photo tool

L-R: My trusty camera of 10 years, My new point and shoot, My husbands new toy/ My product photo tool

Of course when I tried to use his for my first round of Etsy shots, never having picked it up before, I had no idea what I was doing (photos below of the camera in action, with varying results- this was the first and last time I used it). A serious read of the manual was in order, and I didn’t have time for that. So for the time being I decided to use my point and shoot… and I have to say it’s done me pretty well so far!

I like to think I understand composition, or at least that I know what works when photographing my own products. But something that drove me nuts time and time again was wanting but not knowing how to achieve a cohesive looking online shop. This was due mainly to lighting. I had read that natural light is the best light, so had taken my photos near a large window. That was all well and good but it restricted me in many ways- I could only take photos on bright sunny days (not something that happens often in Wellington), each time I took the photos the sun was a slightly different intensity, and the photos showed this in many ways…

All of these photos are taken on the same camera setting, in a light box, with different light source

All of these photos are taken on the same camera setting, on the same day. Each with a different light source, some with natural light, some with a light bulb, some a lamp. None have been edited online afterwards. Not so cohesive are they!

Looking back now two things would have immediately helped my shop look cohesive (even without a camera upgrade).

A light box is key – no matter what kind of lighting you are using, it diffuses the light and keeps it even- especially good if you are photographing reflective objects like glass (it reduces the reflection and glare they can cause). I had heaps of fun (and all with a minimal amount of swearing) re-creating one I found on Pinterest. It was my first Pinterest project and I felt it was a success…

L-R: My lightbox inspiration (on Pinterest), My attempt, The lightbox in action

L-R: My light box inspiration (on Pinterest), My attempt, The light box in action

Some post photo editing – Something the many guides to photographing your work for successful online sales tell you is that (unlike I had previously assumed) taking the photo isn’t the end of the process, it’s the beginning. Image editing software is your best friend, and the only way (for me at least) to get the photo I imagine in my mind’s eye is to use it. It’s a shame really as after spending so much time creating a light box, finding the perfect lighting balance and getting a good composition, to have to edit on a computer felt a bit cheap and dirty… like I was cheating the system. But oh how it works, and I’ve never looked back.

Editing post shoot can be your saviour in many ways you may not realise. You can crop something you don’t like out, zoom in on something you do (assuming your camera is high enough quality to not leave the results pixelated), you can get rid of a bit of fluff you see on your background (that you curse yourself for not noticing while taking the photo in the first place). For me the most important bit of this was matching the lighting with my other listings, to create the cohesive look I mentioned earlier. When brightening, lightening or editing the colours it’s important to remember you still need to accurately show the colour of the product as the person buying  it can’t see it ‘in the flesh’ to judge it themselves. Just because bumping up the contrast makes an awesome looking photo that doesn’t mean you should (unless it still accurately shows your product and it’s colour).

Am I an expert? Absolutely not. But have I improved? Absolutely. It’s cringe worthy for me to show these off instead of hiding them away and re-doing them at my leisure… but it’s important to compare before and afters, I think. So here is my online shop before and after… I hope you’ll agree the photos at the top aren’t awful composition wise, you can definitely see a style I apparently continue through to the new and improved Etsy shop below. But the colours are all over the place, washed out in some, over contrasted in others and plain old dim and murky in the rest.  The new Etsy shop, below, is clean and fresh, the colours are accurate representations of what is for sale and they are cohesive as a ‘family’ of products.

My a selection of images from my current felt shop http://felt.co.nz/shop/imogenwilson -an obvious 'before' as far as lighting and cohesiveness is concerned.... re-taking all these photos is on my new to do list!

A selection of images from my current felt shop http://felt.co.nz/shop/imogenwilson -an obvious ‘before’ as far as lighting and cohesiveness is concerned… re-taking all these photos is on my new to do list!

My Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/findimogenwilson similar backgrounds & lighting make them feel cohesive

A selection of images from my current Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/findimogenwilson similar backgrounds & lighting make them feel cohesive- this is the ‘after’

I am defiantly not a pro, and I have a ways to go (learning how to use the big fancy camera for one), but considering how far I’ve come I’m pretty proud! Do you take your own photos or pay someone else to? Did it take you a long time to get the hang of it? What tips do you wish you could tell yourself starting out? I’d love to hear from you!


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Internalising a really difficult situation in my head

It’s funny how cathartic blog writing can be. Although this is only my third one I already feel it is incredibly good for self evaluation, for looking at yourself from the outside. Last week’s blog was quite eye opening for me, although I wrote it… and of course, lived it… I didn’t quite realise how I had spent my week till I read about it. It’s easy, at the time, getting up at 9.30am and convincing yourself that you are your own boss and you’ll work late (yeah right)… or spending the whole week doing behind the scenes stuff and not creating anything ‘for the good of the business’. Reading about it is a great way to metaphorically kick yourself into action- I highly recommend it.

Writing the blog is another challenge in itself, although i have used wordpress before, each Monday (blog day) brings with it several hours of tinkering, fighting and googling as I try to get my head around tasks others would find reasonably simple. Things like hyperlinking font, hyperlinking photos or re-sizing & adding text to banner’s, I am so un computer savy that it all takes much, much longer than it should. I keep telling myself that I will need to use the skill again in the future and (hopefully) will only need to learn it that once, but only time will tell!

But that isn’t what this week’s post is about…

This week was a total roller-coaster in every sense of the word. I had another whole day reading the internet, this time focussing on Infographics (who knew the same boring information could be so much more interesting if it is presented with beautiful font and layout in a jpg format?). Most of them are only digestible online of course, as soon as you save aforementioned jpg good luck ever reading it again, it will be so long you’ll never be able to zoom enough to read the text again.

Some of the Infographics are interesting, yet totally pointless. Especially if you are trying to learn e-marketing. Fascinating, yet useless.

Some of the infographics are interesting, yet on closer inspection are totally useless, especially if you are learning e-marketing!

I also spent a full day creating, and have FINALLY started two different projects that I have had ‘on the go’ in my head for some time.  But most of the week was spent thinking, fretting and self evaluating- the ol’ ‘can I do this?’ going around in my head. Now that isn’t as procrastinatey as it sounds, I think best when my hands are busy, so I spent most of the week folding cranes. Lots and lots of cranes.

Cranes half way through the folding process

Cranes half way through the folding process

I hear you ask ‘what brought on the sudden self doubt?’ well, I was made an offer, the offer of a lifetime. I contacted what i mistakenly thought was a shop, asking is they would stock my wares, the ‘shop’ ended up actually being a company who represented several brands, a sales agent/ distributor. She was interested in me… she called, you know on the phone (quite novel for me as i do nearly everything via email these days) she wanted to have control of my brand, to a certain degree… She would market it and sell it, it would be part of her seasonal ‘look book’ and i would be represented at THE gift fair. She would pitch to shops (of which she had relationships with over 200), deal with buyers and ship. ‘Gosh’ I can hear you think ‘It’s all Pro’s, what’s to think about?’ I would have to make things in this season’s colours (seems like a great idea), sell them to her at slightly less than my normal wholesale price (umm?) and create like crazy (win!). She also wanted me to say goodbye to the shops i already stocked, people I have formed relationships with over the years… as the shops I would stock under her would need to be ‘on her books’.

It sounded like a dream, my dream, being handed to me on a platter – well kind of. I had butterflies in my tummy, a huge sense of self doubt and bucket’s full of fear. Talking to her felt like i’d been blindfolded and turned in circles, it was so out of the blue and not something i had ever considered as an option- I was so confused. There were so many amazing advantages but so many negatives too…

I called my husband and immediately burst into tears before I could say anything. When I had calmed myself down (gosh i was overwhelmed) I explained the offer. The awesome, awesome offer with many, many pro’s and also the many con’s. After some comforting words of support, his opinion, and the underlying theme of “it doesn’t matter what i think, it’s your decision, I support you whatever you choose” I emailed my parents, two best friends and several fellow makers to get their takes.

The main two things weighing on my mind, as they have been all week…

–It could be huge exposure!                                             -Would i be putting all my eggs in one basket?

I’d love your opinion on the matter, if you are a maker, have experience or just want to share your two cents. All opinions welcome- if you were me, what would you do? Please leave something in the comments if you want to! More on my decision making and amazing support network (the people who i literally would be in the loony bin without the help and support of) next week!