Where did it all start?
In my early 20’s I used to make jewellery and figurines for my friends and family. I remember some of the mums in the playground wearing my hand painted brooches and feeling such a delicious feeling of pride knowing people actually loved my collections so much that they were wearing them.
It was a hobby that I loved and I’d spend hours having fun in my workshop (my little kitchen) surrounded by fimo, acrylics and glitters. It was a great way to relax away from college and my family. It was also nice to have outside interests apart from my family & friends. We all need time out for ourselves to replenish and I felt it gave me much more patience as a parent.
A friend of mine suggested setting up my own venture and selling it on craft stalls (internet wasn’t as we know it today back then). Although it seemed like a good idea I talked myself out of it telling myself I had no time. I was at college, had a part time job, a partner and a 5 year old who commanded a lot of my attention. Looking back now I realize it had nothing to do with time. My mentor says you always find time for things that are important to you, and if I’m truthful my procrastination was due to lack of confidence.
However many years later I did set up other ventures and although I enjoyed working for myself I never really felt I was living my passion and I was doing it all for the wrong reasons. It was hardly surprising that I never seemed to get the momentum to follow through and reach the next level. However I’ve always been a true believer that there is no such things as failure just an opportunity to learn from it and to do it differently next time.
Fast forward 20 years later I finally started up my hobby again and never really thought about turning it into a business. It was only when I posted one of my completed projects on face book to show my friends what I’d been up to, one of them said “these are beautiful. Do you sell these?”
I took that as a sign that it was time to walk the path that I’d wanted to walk years before but never had the confidence to do. And it was then that I decided to take the plunge and open The Earth Faeries company. That was only three months ago and I’ve never regretted it as I’m finally persuing my passion and living it too.
( This is a pair of pearl and rose drop earring that I made for a guest of the bride. The roses are made out of silk clay and the drop earring are silver)
How can you tell its your it’s your passion?
It feels so great to be aligned again. I think you know its your passion when you are happily designing and making it all at three in the morning obliviousness to the time plus its the first thing you do when you wake up.
How do you know its times to turn a hobby into a part time or full time business?
And you can tell its your passion when you shove yourself out of your comfort zone and follow through all of the way even if it does scare you a little or a lot! . I’m doing that every day and believe me it does get easier the more you do it! You can tell its time to turn your hobby into a full time or part time when that’s all you can imagine doing for the rest of your life and it makes you feel excited.
Where do I get my inspiration from?
My friends have asked me where I get my inspiration from and I tell them from nature. Sometimes I’ll see patterns in the clouds and it gives me ideas for a project. I was sitting in the garden the other day and seen a formation of clouds that resembled a mermaid and I thought yes I’d like to make them so their in production now. I’m at my most creative when surrounded by the countryside and my own little woods at the back of my summerhouse. I’ve only been here 3 months and since I moved in my creativity levels have sky rocketed.
This is where I spend many hours getting creative. My summer house is my little sanctuary as is the garden. Everyone gains inspiration in different ways..mine is from nature and being close to it.
What other materials do I work with?
I often work with silk clay and fimo modelling clay.I’m about to add silver clay to my collection which I’m excited to be working with.
What makes Fimo modelling clay harden?
And then after making my products I take them over to my huge kitchen to bake them in my oven. It’s an improvement on my humble beginnings 20 years ago where I had a tiny kitchen and no garden to craft in. However I always say no matter where I am I can always find something that gives me ideas to work on.
What other projects am I working on?
There have been some exciting developments in the past week which has taken my earth faeries company to the next level. I’ll tell you more about them in future blogs.
One of the biggest regrets is that I’d wished I’d done it sooner. My advice to anyone who is thinking about starting their passion is do it! You’ll never know until you try!
What passions would you like to turn into a part time or full time enterprise?