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What advice would you give someone starting a creative business? Giving advice to a creative business is tough as each and every one is so unique. I guess what a lot of them will have in common is that they usually start with one individual with a fabulous idea making things when and where they can. Unless you have previous experience running a business and all the aspects involved,


there is a hell of a lot to


learn. Not that you should be put off by that, just be prepared for it. Take your time to learn the things you need to know, some you can figure out before you start and others you will learn as you go. Don't feel pressured to go faster than you feel comfortable with just to beat the competition, if your work has your unique voice and is beautifully made then you will instantly set yourself apart from everyone else.


Ensure that you are happy and comfortable with any decisions you make regarding your business. Don't


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feel the need to say yes to every opportunity that comes along, if it is appropriate and you can commit to completing it then great. If not don't worry, it will not be the last one that comes along. At the end of the day you are your business and you should be happy.


As a designer-maker with a passion for colour, what is your perfect winter colour palette? I must admit that I am not a fan of the winter months because of the dark nights and sometimes depressing weather we can get here in the UK. I find myself craving clear sunny days with bright blue skies more than ever.


When it is dull and dreary out it can affect my mood and I do spend a lot of time at home in my wee studio, so I think my perfect palette would be much like the colours I have there. The walls are painted with Farrow & Ball's Estate Emulsion in 'Pointing' which is a lovely soft white that makes the most of the winter


light without feeling cold as a pure white would. Most of my furniture is painted white too, so this makes a great backdrop for showing off my vintage collections and handmade pieces, which add a great splash of pretty colour. I am drawn to red, warm gold, peachy pink, chartreuse, turquoise and mustard yellows. They keep me optimistic by reminding me that the winter will not last forever, the warmth and light of the spring will arrive again.


Is "handmade" a lifestyle choice for you and if so why? I have always loved handmade and making things for myself but until I discovered our online community I had never seen it being taken so seriously as a lifestyle choice. Personally, I place a lot of value in the quality of handmade and try to reflect this in my own work and on my blog. I am a firm believer in investing in quality, buying the best that you can afford and making informed choices about handmade works or investing in vintage. I think


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