So! I've been a really busy girl this weekend - I consider this a weekend of beginnings.
What is a beginning? The start of something significant, perhaps a time at which barriers are broken, tigers are tamed, and confidence is found.
I finally settled on a brand name for my craft creations - interestingly it was staring me in the face as its the user name I have used for the last 5 years... GothHoney.
GothHoney pretty much sums up the contradiction that is me and the things I create - the sweet and sour of cute trinkets, cupcakes and fluffy bunnies contrasted with accessories that embody the dark moodiness of gothic/pychobilly styling. Think cupcakes, with an eyeball instead of a cherry. I've quickly realised that I don't need to justify or pigeon-hole myself - if I like it, I like it!
So, I have officially registered my webiste domain names (www.gothhoney.co.uk & www.gothhoney.com) and have started creating my Etsy shop (www.gothoney.etsy.com). I'm looking for an artist to design a logo for me (if I can't crack this myself by the end of next week), and will hopefully be listing some stuff for sale in the next four weeks. If nothing else, it will be worth a try so I can say I did.
I've also used my photo printer for the first time this week, as I'm going to a scrapbooking class on Saturday at the fabulous Honeypot Crafts in Nottingham (www.honeypotcrafts.co.uk). I'm going to make a Christmas scrapbook for starters, however my main motivation for this is to spend a bit of time picking up scrapbooking hints from a professional, before attempting my parents re-wedding scrapbook in May. That one's got to be good!!
As I mentioned yesterday, I have a fab time with Nic and several cups of Tea on Saturday, which we're hoping to do again in a few weeks time. Who knew coffee could be so exciting ;). I like spending as much time as possible talking about arts and crafts, as it keeps me motivated!
Before I finish this blog I had better give a 'shout out' (don't laugh) to two of my favourite ladies - Katie at www.ktshortcake.blogspot.com and Keiara at www.bykeiara.blogspot.com.
Katie is an amazing artist, specialising in Paint and Textiles, and is the crazy lady onto who's shoulder I cry whenever I need a cup of tea. Katie is also teaching me how to use the sewing machine (I'm a hand stitcher at heart) among other things! Katie inspires me every time I visit, and I always come away from her home having learnt something new and fabulous! I have a Katie original hanging on my wall, and there are more for you to buy on Etsy!
Keiara is a mindblowing lampwork artist and jewellery designer, an American lass with a heart of gold - and tattoo's a plenty! Keiara taught me how to make jewellery, and generally gives me support and encouragement with all my crazy crafting! If you do nothing else you should check out the glass beads previewed on her site - they are quite frankly amazing, and I have many! I particularly love the new range of fishies - a must have! If you love glass, jewellery and unique trinkets you will love www.bykeiara.co.uk
Anyway, that's all for now - there's more printing to do!