Posts tagged ‘business’

March 29, 2015

This week in the studio

I’ve been working on some Easter designs recently, like this bird‘s nest tote bag!

Getting some inspiration at London Zoo today!

I’ve been making a lot of new products recently and it’s wonderful to see them doing so well! I’ve spent the whole morning making more canvas wash bags and digital media cases!

I’m planning on making lots of these lovely fabric storage boxes today! Which is your favourite design?

What do you think of my latest new product? Last night I launched my illustrated coin purses – perfect for holding loose change, stashing away makeup and carrying a few everyday essentials!

What a beautiful sunny day! The kitty cat has spent the whole day sun bathing in the studio, whilst I’ve been sewing and refilling the stock cupboards after a busy week!

Making egg cosies in preparation for my stall at Peckham Crafty Fox Market on Sat 11th April!

Have a wonderful Sunday, folks!

March 21, 2015

This week in the Studio…

Time to get started on packing this weekend’s orders!

March 10, 2015

 

 

Protect your iPad, Kindle, eReader or tablet in style with these digital media cases. Made from natural canvas, the padded lining will help protect your tablet from everyday bumps and scratches whilst travelling. They feature my colourful illustrations on the front, and makes a wonderful gift for a nature lover!

These protective covers have a wooden button fastening and elastic hoop for easy access. They are suitable for most digital media, including Kindle, iPad, Tables and iPad Mini, with a small, medium and large size available for each design!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spoil your darling mother this year with some of these colourful treats!


World’s Greatest Mum / M…

£5

Flowers Fair Trade Tote Bag,…

£7.45

Flower Vases Egg Cosy

£8.5

Vintage Teacups Greeting Car…

£2.5

Kitty Cat Illustration Throw…

£25

Red Riding Hood Fabric Stora…

£15

Greeting Card Vintage Map He…

£2.5

Fox Toiletry Wash Bag / Make…

£17

Flowers Fair Trade Tote Bag,…

£7.45

Teacups Illustration Fabric…

£5

Coupons – Breakfast in Bed /…

£1.8

World’s Greatest Mum / M…

£3

Vintage Caravan Greeting Car…

£2.5

Flower Vases Fabric Badge, L…

£3

Vintage Teacups Illustration…

£7.45

Owl and Pussy Cat Illustrati…

£12
February 15, 2015

This Week in the Studio


Have you spotted the new #illustrated pocket #mirrors and #badges over in my etsy shop yet? http://etsy.me/1xZlWNi

Beautiful walk to the post office!

#Sewing lovely #linen #fabric and experimenting with some new #products!

Working on these #cute #egg #cosies this morning! #Handmade from linen with a spotty lining – what do you think?

Today I’ve been making #new #Flower #Totes, and more #illustrations are on the way! What a productive day! http://etsy.me/1zCF4QY

I’ve been working on a new #hare #illustration over the last few weeks, and she’s now available in my Etsy shop! http://etsy.me/1Ifx0wM

I couldn’t decide between #Dippy and the #BlueWhale, so have #drawn #illustrations of both! These guys are now available on #tote #bags here: http://etsy.me/1xZlWNi

Lots of #illustrated #fabric #storage boxes on the packing table this morning!

#Making lots of pretty #egg #cosies today, and this afternoon I’ll be doing some product #photography – so they’ll be available in my Etsy shop soon!

Some pretty new #pencil case #designs I’ve been #sewing

#Making lovely #egg #cosies today! #Toadstools seem to be a firm fave so far – you can see all the #designs here: http://etsy.me/1zM5L7j

Working on some greeting #card #illustrations today!

A little #illustration I’ve been working on today – I’m very excited about these becoming greeting cards in the near future!

Happy #Valentines Day, everyone!

January 29, 2015

This week in the studio

Trying out #making some #wash #bags with my new #designs on them…

Packing up lots of these #typewriter #illustration #totes today!

Remember to check out my #Instagram for pretty #photos and #handmade goodies! http://bit.ly/1ypDhQa

#Packaging up #illustrated #tote #bags for my stock lists this afternoon!

It’s pretty cold out there this morning – but lots of people will soon be snuggling up with my #illustrated hottie covers, after a popular week!

I found this scene waiting for me after lunch today – It turns out my #totes also can double as #cat nap sleeping-bags…

January 26, 2015

This week in the studio…

#Illustrated #Fabric #Storage Bins are now available! Are there any of my other #designs you’d like to see on these? http://etsy.me/1pm9ANi

Pressing a few of these beauties this morning!

There are still a few things left in my Seconds #Sale, with up to 50% off #illustrated #bags with minor imperfections and errors! http://etsy.me/1C1WUwH

Lots of these lovely #illustrated #tea towels heading to new homes this week! http://etsy.me/1pm9ANi

The new #packaging is going down well! These #totes are getting ready to head off to one of my stocklists…

Pencil case #fabric, ready to be sewn…

Gathering a little #inspiration for more illustrations today…

There may be snow on the ground this morning, but it’s bright and sunny in the #studio and feels like spring is on the way!

January 9, 2015

This week in the studio…

Seconds sale continues in my Etsy shop…

Preparing colourful new illustrations to be pressed onto fabric … It’s so great having time to draw again after the busy Christmas season!


Experimenting with making some new products, like this fabric storage bin with my new koi carp illustration!

I’ve been making banner flags  – which #designs of mine would you like to see on these?

Who likes these little illustrated wooden decorations?

Here you go – brand new designs available in my Etsy shop! Any toadstool fans?

 

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

September 3, 2014

Refreshing Branding

refresh brandingThere are many blogs and articles online discussing how important branding in a creative business, but it is important to refresh and revisit your branding as your business evolves.

I’ve been running Ceridwen Hazelchild Design for two and a half years now, and in that time the tags I attach to my tote bags have evolved with my business.

Things to consider:

Time

As a creative business owner, the time spent on things is valuable. Packaging and presentation are both very important, but it is important to focus on the quality and design of the product first. If you can get things like tags, labels or stickers pre-printed to a professional standard, they will look far better than printing them on your home printer and can improve the overall appearance of your product.

Cost

Keep packaging and labeling costs down by ordering a sample pack or a few designs to check you are satisfied and then ordering in bulk so that the overall cost per label is significantly reduced. This isn’t within everyone’s budget, so consider ways of cutting costs by punching the holes and threading yourself, or ordering something larger with several designs on, which you can then cut up yourself.

Design

Make sure your packaging is in keeping with the style of your work. A cohesive design can make all the difference.

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When I first started, working under different business name, the tags were made of natural fabric with an applied transfer with the branding on, complete with a brass coloured eyelet, and natural twine loop to attached to the bags.  Although these looked great, they took a great deal of time to make. I spent ages pressing the fabric, cutting them out, piercing and pressing the studs before finally threading the twine.

When I had sudden influx of orders I realised how impractical it was to spend so much time on the tags. I had to compramise and settle on printing out the same design on thick card on my own printer and punching a hole using a regular hole punch. Still, the time spent in front of the printer was time I could be designing, making, and expanding my product base, so I decided to get them printed professionally. I was pleased with the printed versions, but once I changed the name of my business to Ceridwen Hazelchild Design I needed new tags. And now I’ve nearly come to the bottom of a seemingly endless supply of card tags, it’s time to order some more!

I felt I had outgrown my old design and needed to freshen up. So keeping the logo, and incorporating some colour and illustrations I had been working on many years ago, I pieced together my new tags. I also changed the way the natural twine was threaded to make the whole thing look smarter. To coordinate with my new tags, I altered my Facebook page and Etsy logos for a cohesive brand.IMG_3903

business card holder

I usually slip a business card into each package I post from an online sale, which means I tend to get through a lot. A few weeks before I needed to reorder tags, I found I was running very low on business cards, and, again, felt like a change. The old cards featured a selection of my products sitting on a charming blue bench. When I find a really nice business card, I tend to keep it and pin it to my wall, and that is what I wanted from my cards. The new cards feature three of my most popular designs, and also double as a miniature work of art that customers can keep!

Ceridwen Hazelchild DesignThe back of a business card is the place to put your details, so customers know what you do and where to find you. Too much information can be overwhelming and make a card look cluttered, so keep it simple:

Name

Contact

Website

What do you do?

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Selling on Etsy, I quite often get emails from lovely customers saying ‘thank you’ for their orders and letting me know how delighted they are with them. Already I have recieved comments on how much my new business cards were enjoyed, and it’s lovely to hear that it’s not just me that collects pretty ones I come across!

Remember, you can get a FREE fox tea towel when you spend over £25 (that’s around $42) in my etsy shop until Friday 5th September 2014! Treat yourself to something new – bags, pocket mirrors, pencil cases, notebooks, badges or cards!

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

 

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!

 

March 26, 2013

MissPrint: Wallpaper and Fabric Designs

There is nothing like the oncoming spring to inspire redecorating. It goes hand-in-hand with that peculiar desire to purge the home of the dankness and darkness of winter, to clear the dust and evacuate the spiders from the corners of rooms, to bring light and colour and flowers inside. The annual Spring Clean urges us to make a fresh start, to clear our cupboards of the old collections from the last year and make room for new collections.

Whilst I’ve found time to do a little clearing this year, I have mainly been looking at beautiful decor to ring in the season – like the vibrant patterns by MissPrint, which adorn wallpaper, fabric, lampshades and more. I’ve had my eye on some of their beautiful screen printed fabric for some time, but am yet to find the perfect project for these perfect patterns! What I would give to have a house with walls like this!

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