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Day 65- only 300 more to go!


Good morning everyone! Good afternoon/ evening New Zealand! Bon jour France! Jambo Kenya! (Special good mornings to our new visitors. 🙂 )

Guess what! The gorgeous jam I made yesterday has been completely ignored! I can’t believe it I came down this morning and there they all were tucking into chocolate brioche! This will please our French visitors, but my little jam pots are feeling very sorry for themselves. Bah! I know that mum, Ter Lou and Auntie M will enjoy some of my stash so I will just take it to where it will be appreciated, so ner ner ner!

Anyway the real reason I am posting so early this morning is to show you this……..

(This is taking me ages. Is anyone else having problems with the internet this morning?)

Do you remember the book I won in the Mollie Makes competition. Well as you know I reviewed it on Amazon, and as a thank you Alison Nichols sent me the accompanying book! Hurrah!

This one focusses on the stories of craft businesses entrepreneurs and how they set up. It is the interviews that were made for the first book that have been compiled into a book of their own, written like interviews. It features both American and British designers. I found it really interesting reading all the trials and tribulations that starting up will bring. Also the triumphs of each company.

The underlying theme for all the interviews is that they all love what they are doing. This also features heavily in the top tips that are given at the end of the chapters. Enjoy what you do!

Talking of doing, I need to get on!

See you later




Day 49- Post 1 Book Review


Well I have finished my prize: The Craft Business Handbook by Alison McNicol

This is sub-titled as The Essential Guide to making Money from your Crafts and Handmade Products, and gives lots of advice about setting up your own craft business.

Having previously read The Handmade Market Place by Kari Chapin, I did find the two books similar in some of the areas of advice. The Craft business Handbook did have the edge in lots of different areas however. It gave much greater detail about how to use social networking websites, and included lots of information about setting up business here in the UK which I found very useful in particular.  There was also useful tables to help with pricing of goods, and top tip tables after every section.

The book also was easy to read, and as I have not got a business background, it didn’t use business jargon, and any technical terms were explained.

I also enjoyed reading the interviews of several designers and how they set up their businesses.

I will obviously be delving into it’s pages over the next few weeks.