With a new year comes thoughts of what you might like to do differently. It may be the typical list of eat better, dry January, hitting the gym, doing that DIY job that you’ve been hiding from for months. Equally if you’re creative the new start may leave you brainstorming how you could turn your creative hobby into a business. For some people it’s that burning question that keeps on popping back into their minds and for some it’s just a little ‘what if’ niggle that gets shelved over and over because after all, ‘life’s too busy’ or ‘you probably wouldn’t be a success anyway.’ It’s tough to get up the nerve to just start, partly as you often don’t know where to start and so you continue with the same old 9-5 hustle! I’ve been there and I empathise but I come bearing good news that there’s help at hand. My first port of call was to open an Etsy shop in order to kick off my own business and I’m so glad I did. This year Etsy brings you Etsy Resolution, a free four week bootcamp starting at the end of January, designed specifically to help you with everything you need to know in order to set up shop, so you can feel confident to get rolling and smack the new year in the face!
Last time I talked about making the jump to freelance and perhaps the word jump is an understatement, at least for what it felt like at the time. In this post I’ll talk about the day to day of setting up on your own and the great bits as well as the many challenges. Hopefully I can give a realistic view of growing your own creative business. As I’ve said before, these posts are coming from my own experiences and friends in similar positions that I’ve chatted to. Just because I’ve made the jump and come out the other end unscathed doesn’t make me an expert. Having said that I don’t really know what you need to qualify as an expert on any given subject. I definitely wouldn’t say a degree or even a masters or PHD could make you an expert in any field without years of experience living out the day to day of whatever it was you studied.
Starting out on my full time freelance journey, I felt liberated and that kind of nervous excitement you get that’s mainly powered by adrenaline. I finished work on a Tuesday weirdly enough and lots of people asked if I was going to take the rest of the week off before diving in, to which my answer was ‘no, I’m just going to get on with it’. As I said previously, I’d decided on what my days would generally be looking like with a bare bones structure but it was surreal hearing my alarm go off the next morning and knowing that I was officially the boss (eek). I set off on my walk around the park on my fake commute (I’m weird I know) and realised I could just take my time if I wanted. I started noticing parts of our neighbourhood I’d never had the time to notice before and actually finding inspiration all around me. It helped that it was a super sunny Spring morning, of course.
Good news, I’ve finally gotten / made a moment to add my brand new wedding set to my Etsy shop and it’s feels very Summery indeed! Meet ‘Watercolour Meadow’. I fancied creating another floral design but this time looser and fully designed with watercolour and ink. I had such a fun day creating the original artworks for the set. I’m sure I could just doodle away with ink and watercolour all day long.
Hello! Well I’m excited to release four of my seven new prints today! They were all originally made with ink and watercolour (my obvious favourites). I really love creating new prints and having a license to go crazy with reams of paper….all over our dining room table. I’m the kind of person who loves coming up with loads of ideas and versions at once and then coming back to the pile the next day with a fresh head to select the ones I scan in and work up. That seems work for me.
I found out that I won the room makeover challenge, hooray! You may remember the print I made for it and now you can buy it from my Etsy shop, double hooray! If you fancy adorning your walls with this inky number then you can find it right here. A little note to say a change on delivery in my shop. If you buy two prints then postage is the same price as one so that’s pretty handy!
Have a fun weekend!
Happy Weekend! I’ve got a brand new set of wedding stationery waiting for you in my Etsy shop, hurrah! For choice sake I’ve been trying to create a wedding stationery range with lots of variety, each one with a very different feel and this is the newest addition. You can find this set right here. And remember I receive custom orders on Etsy too, so if you want to add or remove something or even change the design slightly then a price can be arranged for that. I always have ideas for more Wedding sets but not enough time to do them all, such is life. But I’ll continue to add to the collection so stay tuned.
I’ve also finally updated my wedding page! That took about a century longer than intended. Now if you click the ‘Weddings’ heading above you’ll find a much more comprehensive site section to navigate around. It outlines the 3 different types of wedding design I do and whilst I still very much supply finished artwork as PDFs, The Lovely Drawer now prints your invites too! ‘Finally’, I hear you say…I know. Having spent a lot of time working for clients that wanted digital designs, more and more I was having requests from people who wanted the whole shebang from start to finish, understandably. So take a look! Once again my lovely husband coded it all from scratch and within about a day once I gave him all the elements. I literally don’t know how things would materialise at The Lovely Drawer without him….well I guess my purse would just be a lot lighter.
I hope you all had lovely weekends enjoying the sun and making the most of the extended light hours. Mine was a longer weekend than usual with a fun Birthday Friday off and lots of treats but now…time to get back on it! To start the week, here are three shiny new prints that I’ve just added to the shop especially to brighten up your Monday! Click on over to my Etsy shop for a closer look.
Have you seen the brand new Etsy Uk advert? It’s so exciting to see time and effort being poured into the promotion of independent designer makers and sellers. Go Etsy! If you haven’t seen it then here it is…
Well hello! Blogging has taken a back seat over the last two weeks but I hope you don’t mind too much because it’s all been in aid of getting my new Etsy shop off the ground, yay!
I often get asked why I don’t have an Etsy shop and I’ve asked myself the very same question over and over. It’s practically a right of passage for any aspiring designer maker but I kept on saying ‘I just don’t have enough time right now’ and shelved the idea as a rosy, future goal. Then I went freelance and time and space to focus opened up and so I bring you all my starter collection of DIY Wedding Printable sets and Art Prints. Here’s a little peak of a few of my products but come right this way if you’d like to see the rest of The Lovely Drawer shop on Etsy.
I really hope you enjoy my shop and I look forward to bringing you more! I will also be making some exciting changes to my Bespoke Wedding Packages in the near future so keep a look out for that.