Archive for August, 2014

August 15, 2014

3 Ways To Prepare For Quitting Your Day Job

quitting day jobIt has been two and a half years since I first took those delicate steps into the world of running a craft business, and since then my work has gone from strength to strength. But like most creatives, I have had to supplement my income with a part-time job in order to pay the bills, which, of course has the add-on effect of distracting precious time I could be making. Recently I’ve found myself in a conundrum; my craft business had got as big as it was going to get with the time I could dedicate to it each week, but was anxious about taking that big step into full-time self employment.

cardsSo when the opportunity to move to Hertfordshire arose this summer, the road ahead of me was clear. A fresh start, and the chance to work on Ceridwen Hazelchild Design full-time. The August move date was perfect for preparing for the Christmas rush. In previous years, winter has quite often meant getting in from work at 7pm and heading to my studio until about 10pm each day, resulting in quite the exhausted state! This year I can dedicate all my efforts to making this holiday season the best yet; I am still expecting to be rushed off my feet, but Ceridwen Hazelchild Design will be my sole focus. Running Ceridwen Hazelchild Design full-time has been my dream since the idea was first conceived, and I am so wonderfully excited to be starting the journey in just a few days!

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In preparation for the for the transition into the world of being a full-time creative business owner, I have been planning ahead:

Booking craft fairs.

I am looking forward to being able to take part in more craft fairs, and having more face-to-face interaction with my customers. With the help of a few websites, I’ve been researching crafts fairs in the area and booking some in advance of the Christmas season. It has been a while since I’ve taken part in one, so I’m hoping to get a bit of practice in at smaller ones in September and October!

Planning the studio.

My new studio is a bright attic room, and needs to fit all my business essentials in it. There is a fair bit of storage, but, especially with the holiday season approaching, I have a large amount of materials and stock, so a bit of planning is necessary for fitting everything in! I will be blogging about the progress of my new studio very soon, so keep an eye out!

Making a list of weekly tasks.

It is always tempting to put things off if more interesting things get in the way; setting time aside each week for writing a blog post, drawing or updating my Facebook page is important. These are the things that were all too easy to forget about when I had two jobs and my focus was on making and printing tote bags to fulfil orders.

Have any of you lovely readers got any advice? Please share any thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to follow my Facebook page for more updates on my progress!


August 11, 2014

GIVEAWAY TIME! Win Your Favourite Tote Bag!

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This week I am hosting a giveaway over on my facebook page.

Which is your favourite cotton tote bag in my etsy shop? For the chance to win one, simply ‘like’, share, and comment on the facebook post telling me which design you’d like! To see the full range of designs head over to the Cotton Tote Bag section of my etsy shop.
The lucky winner will be announced on Monday 18th August!


Remember to ‘like’ the Ceridwen Hazelchild Design facebook page to keep up to date with any offers, deals, and new products!

August 7, 2014

10 Uses For Tote Bags

Ceridwen Hazelchild Design Fog Tote BagA tote bag is one of the most useful things in my handbag. I keep it folded up inside a pocket, and wherever I go, it somehow ends up getting unfolded and filled with things, be it the weekly food shop or pine cones and feathers after an afternoon walk in the country.

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There are so many ways use a tote bag, and here are a few of them:

  1. Use as a shopping bag – keep it in your hand bag and take it out after you’ve been to the store or farmer’s market and need to carry your treats back home.
  2. Cart around your school or college supplies – books, pens, calculators and folders all need to be carried about somehow, and this way they are easy to put away and sling over your shoulder at the end of class.
  3. Take it to the gym or pool – grab your towel and let’s go.
  4. Store your wool and needles in it and use it as a knitting or craft bag – great for crafting on the go.
  5. Wrap up presents in it and use it as eco-friendly, reusable gift wrap – plus as gift in itself!
  6. Sit on it when the bench is wet – save yourself from getting your coat or jeans wet!
  7. Stuff a jacket in it and turn it into a cushion when you’re in the park – lean back and enjoy the sunshine!
  8. Stuff a cushion in it and sew up one edge, turning it into a nifty one-of-a-kind cushion cover!
  9. Pack an emergency kit in it and store it in your car – a first aid box, torch, batteries, blanket, jump leads, heat pack, ect.
  10. Have a sack race by putting your feet inside the back, holding the handle and jumping to the finish line.

Have you got any ideas to add?

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