Hola folks! Instead of my regular Blog Gem interview, for this month only I'm changing the series up a bit. Each week throughout December I'm going to be catching up with some of my previous Blog Gem interviewees to find out how life has changed since their first Blog Gem interview.
To kick start proceedings is the fabulous, talented Anna of Tea With Miss Beatrix. I interviewed Anna back in November 2012, so over 2 years ago! Neither of us could believe it had been that long!! So, you can imagine I was eager to have a proper good catch up! On that note, lets find out what Anna's up to these days.
Hi there, Anna! So, we last chatted about blogging back in November 2012. Have there been any changes in your blog and business since then?
Now I think about it, things have changed quite a lot! The main development has been moving to a self-hosted blog. I decided to develop it myself, so that meant a fair few days swotting up and tweaking this and that, but in June this year it went live and I feel it's a little more grown up, and reflects my broader interests as a creative lifestyle blog. My handmade button business, #PostCircle and Creatives Unite now takes more central roles, too.
Business-wise, I've had stalls at several craft fairs, churned out a fair few new designs... and yes, dipped my paintbrush in my cup of tea more times than I can remember!
What are you working on at the moment?
As usual I have more ideas than I have time to implement them, but I'm going full steam ahead on new buttons designs for Christmas, and new products such as button brooches, lanyards and some collaborative pieces with a talented crochet designer maker, which we will be debuting at a craft fair next month. My blog has had to take a slight back seat while all this is happening, but I can't wait to document it all on there.
What are your thoughts about blogging and running your own business? Have your thoughts changed since we last talked shop?
I'm more in love with blogging than ever, partly because since we last chatted I have become the Chief Writer at Craft Candy, so I get to see a very different side of creative blogging, but I think it's also down to having a fresh new look for my blog, and the fact that I never stop being excited about creating and learning new crafty skills. At the moment, it's crochet - I've gone crochet mad and am loving teaming the craft with my buttons.
For me the challenge of running my own business is doing it well while working full time and having a second part time job. Luckily I really enjoy reading about time management, writing lists and finding new ways to stay organised, so I do see it as just that - part of a personal challenge. That feeling of ticking tasks off my to-do list is so satisfying!
If you could invite 3 people (dead or alive, real or fictional) to Christmas dinner, who would you invite?
One of my answers to this question is always Beatrix Potter! I think she must have loved Christmas, judging by some of her stories and paintings being based around this time of year. Charles Dickens might be fun - he tells a great Christmas ghost story, and to stop things getting too Victorian, perhaps someone from the creative business world, like Jo Malone or Emma Bridgewater, though would I be in trouble for talking shop on Christmas Day? Potter and Dickens were both astute business people, so I think their minds would be blown by our talk of modern day commerce! I have a feeling Dickens would have enjoyed serialising his novels via Twitter.
Wow, that's fantastic you're now chief writer at Craft Candy and your new blog looks incredible! It's been lovely catching up with you, Anna! Lets hope the next two years bring more exciting adventures for you!
I hope you enjoyed the first in this Blog Gem Catch Up series! Don't forget to check out Anna's gorgeous Etsy shop! It's full to the brim of handmade goodies, which make wonderful Christmas presents!
Stay tuned for next week's Blog Gem Catch Up!
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