As many of you know, I have been guest presenting on Create & Craft for 6 years now and have had the privilege of bringing Beads Direct kits to you since 2014. My role here has consisted of designing, sourcing, making and selling hundreds (if not thousands) of kits, beaded jewellery and filming weekly Take a Make Break tutorials for the Beads Direct YouTube channel as well as guesting our TV shows. I have enjoyed all of these aspects, but it has left little time for much else as you can imagine. I have always had a long-term goal of making my own jewellery to sell, returning back to workshop teaching and finally getting around to publishing my jewellery making book. I have decided that 2017 is the year to act upon those dreams.
So it is with a really heavy heart, that the 12th of December will be my last show on Create & Craft, BUT I do hope to return occasionally throughout the year to guest for Beads Direct and assist in a few designing projects.
On a personal note, I am giving myself a lovely little Christmas break for the rest of the month to concentrate on my family and time with loved ones. I’m off to Iceland on the 16th for my partners birthday (that’s something to tick off the bucket list), we have just booked our Wedding for next year so LOTS to sort out and I have 2 dogs, one of which is an 11-week old puppy, running me ragged. So it’s probably not a break at all! I hope to launch my a little website (definitely a work in progress), I will be running small beading groups from February onwards and will be selling jewellery & crafty makes at little local markets and fairs. So I will be busy, busy but with more time to concentrate on my designs and loves.
I really have had the most amazing 6 years and would like to thank you all for the support along my journey. I have had so many messages and pictures from you over the years sharing your creations and journeys and it has honestly been the reason I do what I do! So thank you. I also had the absolute honour this year to be nominated for two awards in the International Craft Awards 2016 (still blown away by this!) and it has been the highlight of my career. It’s given me the drive to work on my book and I hope to publish next year. That’s if I can ever condense down what I want to put in it! At this rate, it’s going to look like the yellow pages!
The office won’t have too much of a chance to miss me I’m sure, I’ll still be making a regular journey to raid new deliveries, ransack the warehouse and top up on sparkles….I’ve seen what’s coming…..and I don’t want to miss out! I would also like to thank everyone at Beads Direct for all their support and help through the years too. The shows take a huge amount of work, from administration to picking and packing your orders and, I think we would all agree they do an amazing job.
As you may know, the fabulous Debbie Bulford joined our team recently so you will not be left on your own! Debbie has some amazing designs, ideas, techniques and classes to share with you all next year, as well as regular Create & Craft Shows and I couldn’t be passing my beading baton over to a nicer lady!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas & that you chase your dreams in 2017.
All my love