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natural world and I love to work with semi-precious beads, pearls and gems to create stunning colour combinations and “one of a kind” jewellery statements.


How long have you been a seller on Dreamaid and why did you choose to sell there? I’ve been selling there since May 2010. I really like the ‘dual’ concept of Dreamaid. Artists like myself can support people in the developing world by making a donation from our profits to the Dreamaid charity. At the same time, we are able to sell alongside artisans from the developing world who are finding new outlets for their traditional crafts.


The philosophy is that the site helps these artisans and those in receipt of funding from the Dreamaid charity to help themselves. I think that makes for a good creative fusion and it gives the site an extra dimension that other handmade selling sites don’t have. Plus, there are some


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really interesting items available on the site.


What would you say are the advantages for you as a seller in being charitable? The obvious one is that you’re giving something back each time you make a sale. We probably forget and take lots of things for granted . Although times are hard for everyone now, it’s always good to think about others who have never had the advantages we have ourselves.


Was there a reason you decided to sell on Dreamaid as opposed to having your own strategy for charitable giving? I have contributed jewellery items to charities before and regularly contribute cash through direct debit schemes but Dreamaid allows you to have items permanently on offer with the additional bonus of you, as a seller, deciding what percentage of the sale price you want to donate to charity.


What are your favourite features of Dreamaid? It’s completely free to set up a shop on Dreamaid and there are currently no listing fees. So you can fill up your shop and use it as a showcase for all your creations.


Special thanks to Allison of Blue Forest Jewellery, visit her beautiful online shop at Dreamaid


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Images courtesy of Blue Forest Jewellery


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