Tuesday 9 September 2014

Meet the Maker: Kathryn of Cheerfully Cheap Chick and Bhilee Designs

Pretty cute are two words (together or separately) that would perfectly describe these little notepads. Following my lists post, I'm 100% behind the idea and design of these 'to-do list' notebooks! This weeks meet the maker is Kathryn.

Firstly Kathryn, two very important questions.

Tea or coffee?
I love a coffee in the morning or mid afternoon and currently love Costa's Caramella! But I am Northern Irish so I will never say no to tea!

Biscuit or cake?
Biscuit for dipping!

So, tell us a bit about yourself. 
My name is Kathryn, I am 22 and I live in Northern Ireland. I have just finished a degree over in Derby studying Criminology. In my final year I developed a love for crafting again and started up a craft blog. By the end of my degree I realised my dream job was not what I thought it would be so I looked at other options and decided to try and start my own business! During the last two months I have taken a short business course and now I am preparing to dive in to full time selling hopefully in September! Eeeek!

...and what about the item that you are sharing with us? 
These are some of my 'to-do list' notebooks. I have been working on this for quite a while and the idea came originally for a friend who is getting married. I made her one of the books to write all of her bridal to-do lists in! I have made some plain designs and some for bloggers too... As I am always writing lists for my blog!

How long have you been crafting and how did you learn?
I studied a BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design and learnt a wealth of information on that course, art and craft related. I feel lucky to have been able to dip my toe in so many art subjects which is why I started my blog as I always like to teach people new skills. I am always looking to upcycle and save my pennies so this is another reason why I enjoy crafting!

When did you start Cheerfully Cheap Chick and Bhilee Designs and why?
I started my blog in February 2013 and opened my online gift shop a few months ago but haven't stocked up on there just yet! (Watch this space)

What inspires and motivates you?
I love seeing people enjoy the gifts I make for them as I try to make gifts that a personal and special. I also thoroughly enjoy interacting with other crafters online and I feel it is a wonderful community to be part of.

Any crafting heroes?
No I wouldn't say so - I like a bit of everything.

Do you have a crafting space?
Yes, I now have a little room to craft in. I was never productive when I crafted in my bedroom.

Any big plans for the rest of 2014?
To start my little business and hopefully be successful!

So can we join you in your virtual world?
Twitter - https://twitter.com/cheerfu11ycheap

Finally, some quick fire questions that we are dying to know the answers to.

Favourite colour?

The best season?

Your favourite food?
Chocolate croissants at the moment

The best day of the week?

What is the best word?

Favourite place?
Anywhere there is a craft fayre

Your biggest achievement?
Finishing my degree/living away from home for 4 years

Thank-you for listening to me ramble! I would love to hear from anyone who sells their crafts and how they find it, good or bad! And thank-you again Mrs Crafty B for having me.

Thank YOU Kathryn. I think we would get on well and I especially enjoyed seeing what your favourite word was. Makes me laugh every time he he. Come back again once you've stocked up your shop and let us all know! Don't forget to find Kathryn online and watch this space. We all need a to-do book!

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