Tuesday, 15 January 2013

First Blog!

Well, I've finally taken the plunge into the world of blogging!.
It's been my intention for a long time to start a blog but I knew I'd have to reserve a good few hours to get it up & running. As a busy Wife, Mum & business owner, other things always seemed to come first.  A New Year's resolution to just get on & do it, & inspiration from following my friend Carole's blog finally spurred me on, & so here we are!.

I'm not really too sure how to begin & I hope I get better as I go along. My hope is to share with you my crafting projects & inspirations.
I've enjoyed making things since I was very young, & my creativity was always encouraged by both my parents so I was very lucky. At school I made things & sold them to friends & teachers. I held stalls at craft fairs & found local shops to sell what I made. I knew I wanted to make jewellery & chose mostly art based subjects at school so that I would be able to study it further.
My Mum & I set up our business together doing glass painting. When I came home from Uni I dropped off a finished batch for delivery & went back with another batch to get on with. By the time I finished studying, our business had become more & more successful & so we decided to do it full time.
Delivering to lots of lovely gift shops & visiting gift trade fairs made us want a shop of our own & so in 2000 we opened 'Out Of The Blue' on the Dorset coast & lived by the sea until the owner of the property decided to sell up after we'd only been trading for a few months. We then relocated to Chipping Sodbury (near our home) & that's where we still are.
The shop is a gift shop with a room dedicated to craft supplies & we now hold cardmaking workshops on a regular basis. My friend Carole teaches the workshops with me & Mum & we've got a lovely group of ladies who are eager to be shown lots of new crafting techniques & ideas.
After a break over Christmas we are about to restart our workshops, so I will be sharing some of the projects we will be creating & also some of our past projects too.

In the next few days I will post a picture & details of the project we will be doing at our next workshop. Please feel free to leave comments, I'd love to get your feedback.

Thanks for stopping by
Amy x

10 comments:

  1. Welcome to blogland! Looking forward to seeing your lovely creations my friend! I'll follow you when I'm logged into my own blog, Carole X

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    1. Thanks Carole, you'll probably get fed up with me asking for help! I'm sure it will all make more sense as I go along! x

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  2. Hi Amy

    Welcome to the super friendly and super addictive world of blogging! I have arrived with you through your friend Carole.

    Looking forward to seeing your future posts. Your gift and craft shop sounds lovely. I hope we see some pictures of that too.

    Have fun!

    Love Jules xx

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    1. Hi Jules, thanks for taking a look at my blog. I'm hoping to get some pictures of the shop up on here as soon as I've worked out how!!

      Amy x

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  3. Hi Amy,
    Welcome to blogland, looking forward to what you have in store for us, if you are like Carole, it is sure to be full of inspiration and lovely projects, me too would like to see your craft shop, hee hee.
    Michelle(happy2craft)

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    1. Hi Michelle, thanks for the welcome, blogland seems to be a nice & friendly place already!. Hope you come back to see how I'm getting along soon.

      Amy x

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  4. Welcome to blogland from me too Amy, it does get easier with time and I am sure you will love it. Love your story, it is always nice to hear how people got interested in craft in the first place. Best wishes and hope your blog goes from strength to strength. Hugs, Anne x

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    1. Hi Anne, thanks for your welcome too. I can see I'm going to enjoy this already. Looking forward to sharing pics, projects & info with you again soon.

      Amy x

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  5. Wow! what a lovely response from you all! Thanks Carole for pointing people in my direction, I hope to do the same for you too :) Expect to see more soon! x

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  6. Amy. Well done you for getting your blog up and running I keep meaning to get one done to, but just can't fine time. Any way look forward to seeing what you post. Hazel

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