I didn’t quite manage to get back to you last week with the following blog post. I got a bit distracted with a certain little someones 3rd birthday party, wrapping thirteen layers of pass the parcel, and making twenty four bunny eared cupcakes!
More on that later… until then… as promised, ‘life as a new maker’…
Well, what have the last six months been like? It hasn’t been without it’s challenges. It was always going to be a steep learning curve as I had never made to sell before. I had only made for family and friends, and only made what I fancied. It was quite a big step for me to take (especially since it coincided with our house move), but I thought it was too good an opportunity to miss out on. I was so keen to be part of this little community of artists down on Worthing seafront.
Gosh it’s a been a long time since I wrote a ‘threads’ post. It was back at the end of March last year when I wrote ‘To listen to your head or follow your heart?’, and what a lot has happened since then! I mention an exciting opportunity in that post, and you don’t have to be Colombo to work out that I was talking about the East Beach Studios and Margot.
The idea behind the threads series was / is to document what it is like for someone, like me, who likes to make and craft, and is thinking about transitioning into making to sell. Well, I have been in Margot about 6 months now and I can officially say that I ‘make to sell’. I am well and truly transitioned. Although I still have tons and tons to learn.
I am so delighted to be in the latest issue of 91 Magazine.
Leigh Metcalf came to photograph the house back at the beginning of autumn just before we packed up. She also popped down to Margot on one of the windiest days ever. She still managed to take some lovely photos of our beach hut makery, despite the weather.
To listen to your head or follow your heart?
When I started writing the ‘threads’ series back in November I said I would tell you more about Geoffrey and Grace. Since I am neither Geoffrey, nor Grace, I will fill you in on who they were; they were my grandparents on my mothers side. I have lovely nostalgic memories of them and the home they built together in Oxfordshire, where my mother and my uncle grew up. My Grandma Grace made clothes for us when we were little, she also made clothes for herself. It seemed only fitting that it became the name for my blog, as they have such a special place in my heart.
My mum caught the sewing bug from my Grandma Grace, and in turn made lots of her own clothes in the 60s and 70s – she even made her own wedding dress. It was no real surprise then that I was making, and altering charity shop finds from a young age. When my grandma passed away, about six years ago, I inherited her sewing box and all of her vintage patterns. This is when I first had the seed of an idea that I wanted to make to sell – specifically children’s clothes.
Is there enough pie for everyone? Finding your little slice of the making market….
Imagine you’re out for a stroll, breathing in the lovely sea air (I do some of my best thinking here), and ‘BOOM’ you have a lovely crafty idea. You’re excited, you start to think about it in more detail. You imagine your original little crafty make; the colours, perhaps the fabric. The more you think about it, the more you are sure that it’s a great, never-been-done-before, kind of an idea. You get home and you are still pleased with your ‘brilliance’, but you think, I’ll just be that little bit more brilliant… I’ll just see if anyone else is doing a similar thing? Smart right? Good to know your market and what else is out there. Thank you Google Image search. But, ‘BOOM’, and this time it’s a bad ‘boom’, someone else is already doing a similar idea and selling it online.