Happy 5th Birthday I Love Crafty!


 Its time to celebrate, my little jewellery brand is 5 today!
Surprisingly enough I'm celebrating with donuts that I made myself! I made them using my beignets recipe and instead of cutting squares I made donut shapes! Easy, tasty and they look great stacked up like this to make a donut cake! Theres no better way to celebrate.

When its my birthday it always gets me thinking and excited about the future. For ILC's birthday I'm taking a little trip down memory lane and to the first ever market I did back in 2009.
I have to admit, I've never had a business plan or thought too far ahead as when I started ILC it was just me, being crafty and selling my work in whatever format that took at the time. The first items I ever made and sold were beauty products: soaps, bath bombs and scented candles. I'd make them in my kitchen, mixing and experimenting like a mad scientist, my flat smelt amazing! I kinda miss making beauty products but my heart was always in fashion.  
I then took a HUGE leap and opened a cute tiny shop called... I Love Crafty! I sold local artists work as well as my own. It was a sweet scented, adorable shop that lasted 1 and a half years and I had such a fab time and met loads of new friends. I loved running my shop, getting to know my customers, overhearing their conversations (sorry) and learning some hard lessons that I'll go into on another post. You can see some more pics of my shop here.
And here I am today, happily working from my home office! I'm a home bird at heart so I love being surround by my favourite things in my own space, I miss how sociable the shop was but I do enjoy the peace and quiet. Well, now I have my daughter I guess its not so quiet anymore! 
I feel so lucky that I get to do what I do as a job, I recently quit my day job as ILC and being a Mum requires a lot of juggling. Looking at these pictures I can't even imagine where my business will be in 5 years time, I have business goals and I'll be a very happy bunny when I hit them but in the meantime I'm gonna sit back, eat some donuts and feel proud :)

I want to say a BIG thank you to every customer for all their support and love. To say thank you I'm taking 20% off all my jewellery for today only! Just use the code: HAPPYBIRTHDAY at the checkout and I hope you can celebrate with me! You can shop all my collections here.

Love and respect always,

3 comments:

  1. This was wonderful...lots of fond memories and a look at how far it's all come :)) The designs are always wonderful, adore the new ones too. I wish many more years to come xx

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked the old pics! Might have to do a blog post about my shop soon, I have some super cute pics! x

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