Dear Sailors and Sailorettes, today's post is of a new kind and hopefully the first of many. On today's Too Sweet for Rock n' Roll, I'm featuring a very special crafts & businesswoman and her online shop. Curious? Read on!
Little Miss Delicious Shop is your brainchild. Could you tell us a bit about how it all started and grew?
I’ve always been interested in crafts, and once I discovered polymer clay, I fell in love. Originally it was only a way to have a creative outlet while studying towards my law degree at university, however, the piles of jewellery started to build up and take over my room! A friend suggested I set up an Etsy store to try and sell a few of the items, and I made my first sale after 10 minutes of listing the first few items. I never expected to have the response I did, but after a few weeks I had well over 1,000 fans on my Facebook page and a high demand for orders. Since then, I’ve set up my own online store and hopefully the business will continue to grow.
What does owning, managing and representing your own handmade jewellery business consist on?
It takes a lot of time and effort, but I don’t think I’d have it any other way! Each day I wake up at 8am and check my emails/Etsy to see if there are any new orders or queries, then it’s the usual Twitter/Facebook ritual. Once I’ve caught up it’s time for a cup of tea and the rest of the day is spent baking clay and painting! Once items are finished, I leave them to glaze overnight, and then they are posted first thing the next day. Although running your own business means you can be flexible with your time, I currently work on my jewellery 7 days a week, and even when I have time off, I carry my idea scrapbook with my everywhere just in case a new idea pops into my head!
How do you feel about the handicrafts business today, regarding the growth of the internet?
I think that it’s definitely been a good thing! It’s great that anyone can begin selling their crafts through sites such as Etsy and Big Cartel as long as they have a skill and a camera. It’s important to help support independent artists, and I always try to buy handmade gifts for others. It just adds something more personal, and it’s nice to know that each item is made with so much care and dedication!
Name your top five aestethic influences/idols and tell us why.
1. Shrinkle definitely has to be one of my biggest aestethic idols! She always has the most amazing outfits and accessories and has been a huge inspiration ever since I discovered her style nearly 7 years ago. She also makes the cutest clothes!
2. Cake Injection always has the cutest outfits in her photoshoots, and pulls them off amazingly!
3. Freyagushi are a clothing designer that I have always looked up to. They make the most beautiful designs, and I’m particularly in love with their ultra feminine collection.
4. Katy Perry has also been an inspiration, as I’ve always loved retro fashion, but her cute twist to it just makes it that little bit more amazing
5. And finally, no list of my aesthetic idols would be complete without mention of Vivienne Westwood! The woman single handedly changed fashion as we know it, and has been a huge inspiration in my life. She has recently launched a range of embroidery themed jewellery which I just can’t get enough of!
In the words of Marilyn Monroe ‘It's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring’, so always be yourself and follow your dreams, no matter how crazy you think they might be. I’m so glad my friends pushed me to start selling my jewellery, and I’ve never looked back since!
Some of my favourite examples of the items available in the shop:
Glittery Donut Necklace (£10)
An Apple A Day Necklace (£9)
Cupcake Charm Bracelet (£16)
Find Little Miss Delicious on her online shop, Facebook Fan Page, Blog, Twitter and Tumblr... No excuse to miss out on this lovely lady and her works!
Meanwhile, I'm preparing some new articles about Alburrica Bar, Nordik Bar and a few cool & hip places for all ages, sizes and tastes in the Algarve, stay tuned for more! Don't forget to become a blog follower and sign up for my weekly newsletter.