Tuesday, 25 February 2014

CRAFT, SHOW & SELL - GIVEAWAY!!


 
...excuse me while I indulge in a little giddyness...
"I'm in a book"
 
Last year I was asked by stylist, designer and blogger Torie Jayne to contribute to a new book that she was writing.  The book was to be an informative look at how to display, show, brand and sell your craft products.  Torie hand picked a range of makers from around the globe who she felt would be able to contribute to specific areas and chapters of the book itself. 
 
Within the pages and chapters I am amongst so many people I admire such as Emma Lamb, Nest Pretty Things, Elyse Major from Tinkered Treasures and many more, -  I really do have to pinch myself and feel very privileged to have been asked.  So, after being interviewed  and chatting to Torie I was later photographed, with my stand, at Selina Lake's Hand Made Fair.  It seemed such a long while until the book was published but now we are here and I have my very own copy.  You can purchase yours over at Amazon or pop into your local Hobbycraft.  Not only is it published here but it is currently available in the USA and Asia and I hear that it will soon be available in Australia.
 

When I first ventured into running my little business I had a few makings, a half attempted business plan, didn't even know what my 'brand' was, the internet was just starting its fight with joint ownership of the telephone cable, Facebook were two seperate words and had yet to be joined, I had heaps and heaps of passion but wasn't too sure which path to walk. There were endless business courses to attend but they were all a bit too corporate and generic.  There is only so much room in my brain to retain information about tax and profit and loss and spread sheets and we all know that they don't scratch the same decorative itch that fabric and thread seems to reach. 
 
Now I am not just about to gush about this book because I am in it, but I really do wish that there was a book like this for me in the beginning of my journey.  I have read it from cover to cover, made notes too from its suggestions and advice.  It doesn't matter which point you are at in your business journey I am sure you will find this book rather helpful as it is easy to follow and filled with sound, practical advice.
 
Heading of chapters: Getting Started, Branding, Selling In Person, Marketing, Words of Wisdom, What Next?, Social Media. 
 
There are lots of DIY projects too.  There are also great pages that talk about areas such as creating a virtual shop banner, how to write listings, photography skills, packaging tips, studio storage, designing an avatar, market research, brand building, organising your work space, selling in shops and so much more.....



 

So do you fancy winning a copy?
All you have to do is leave a comment below and it would be rather wonderful if you clicked to follow my little blog here too if you don't already - I natter away here quite regularly (you can see the follow link at the bottom of this page) - then tip tap the keys to create just one sentence about why you would like a copy for your book shelf.
I will select my favourite comment and the 'Winner' will be announced on
Thursday 20th March.

p.s the book has its own Facebook page too. 




33 comments:

  1. i keep putting off 'jumping in'...maybe this would give me the push i need!

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  2. Christine Frew/Sunny Morning Vintage25 February 2014 at 17:46

    I have no idea how I have missed your blog I look at your FB page every day. I will now be even more inspired and full of respect!x

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  3. Wow congrats on your feature, I would love to win this book it looks wonderful! I am already a happy follower :)

    Bee happy x

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  4. Thank you for being such a fabulous contributor and for such a lovely blog post about it. Sending you big hugs & kisses and hope to meet up with you soon xx

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  5. That's what I need! Some positive vibes, now hurry to order it in the UK (from Belgium)

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  6. I would love to win a copy, what a pleasure that would be x

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  7. I would love a copy because I would like to some inspiration on how to get started with my card making business.

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  8. Looks good, would love to win a copy!

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  9. I'm in the wild woods and missing my direction with my craft. A beautiful book from which I can learn and be inspired from would be treasured.

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  10. Looks amazing, I would love to own a copy although I run my business online I have yet to do any actual face to face business, it would be lovely to pick up ay tips x

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  11. The book looks amazing, creative and interesting! I'm a beginner but I have so much desire to improve myself and learn more and more
    Serena

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  12. wonderful!
    participate and share on FB!

    Francesca

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  13. Sign me up! I would love to expand my craft business, especially now that I have weekends off at work!

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  14. Looks an excellent book and definitely in need of some wonderful inspiration! xx

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  15. It looks like an very inspiring book. I'm constantly looking for new things to learn and this book is exactly what I was looking for recently!

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  16. I have recently given up my full time job to concentrate on my own design business. This book looks perfect (not to mention beautiful) as the journey can be quite lonely. X

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  17. I have dabbled in making all sorts all my life and never took the plunge, not believing I was good enough. Every day I become more and more inspired by the amazing work I see people do and slowly there is a shift in me... maybe just maybe I too can do! Thank you for bringing this book to my attention, it will be a must read I am sure. Feeling tingly and excited and spurred on...

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  18. I would absolutely love this book to fuel me with creative ideas and inspiration for my fledgling business which I am continually learning about...but love with a passion!

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  19. That book would give me loads of inspiration and confidence in selling my hand knitted things and as I'm going to be laid up for a while with an op on my Achilles tendon it would be a pleasure to read, killing two birds with one stone!! Thanks for the chance to win, x

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  20. I'm a language student in university, but it's becoming clearer and clearer every day that academid life is not my passion - whereas making my own crafts is. Would love to get some good advice and inspiration!

    Greetings from Finland ♥

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  21. Mamf Interiors (hopefully)2 March 2014 at 12:23

    Hi. I was trained as a Textile Designer and due to certain circumstances have not managed to do it as a career. I would like to start to do crafty things and possibly sell them. I just need a kick start to get the creative juices flowing. I think this book might me the kick start that I need and hope to find it an inspiration. I would love to win the book. Thanks for reading.

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  22. Well! I found your blog when I'm searching about the Bed Linen that How can i buy best quality Bed Linen by Online?? While my searching i found your blog which have so many useful article regarding Bed Linen and other. I think you have great collection. Every day I become more and more inspired by the amazing work I see people do and slowly there is a shift in me. Your every Post show your hard work and seriousness with this blog, That's main reason so many People like your blog.

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  23. That is fabulous Vicky, well done you!!!

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  24. Ooh I love your blog and I would love to win the book as I'm about as creative as a sausage with a crochet hook and my baby girl deserves more from her mother! Hopefully this book would help Esme and I get started x

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  25. I would love to win the book! Amazing!

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  26. Congratulations, how wonderful to be in a real book! I would love to win this but I am going to buy it anyway because it looks very pretty and informative. xx

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  27. I have just found you through another blog I follow and started following you about 10 minutes ago. When I read about your giveaway, I wanted to throw my hat into the ring because I live in Australia and it could be a while before we get it here, so here goes with my one sentence.....I would love to win a copy as the book looks choc-a-block full of gorgeous pictures and super-helpful advice which I desperately need.

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  28. What a wonderful book! Would just love to win this!

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  29. Absolutely super that you're in this book, and you certainly deserve to be too! I've got a couple of your little signs, my 'Merry Christmas' one was the very very last decoration to come down... I couldn't face it being packed away! *counts how many days until I can get the Christmas goodies out again* x x

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  30. You have some beautiful things, it would be fab to win this book....many thanks x

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