Toni’s designs on sale at Thames Chase!

img_20160921_120129357_hdrOver the past 15 years, I have built my craft business (Curly Girly Crafts); specialising in teaching but also selling unique handcrafted jewellery and cards and doing craft parties for children and adults. I have sold my work in various shops and craft fairs but have taken a step back from that as several of the shops were not managed very well and I didn’t have the time to put into selling. The opportunity to have a collection at Thames Chase Forest Centre came up just at the time I had decided to put more items on my Etsy shop and try to build some awareness for what I make as well as what I teach, so now there are 2 places to buy handcrafted jewellery and gifts from me!
My ethos has always been to make as much as I can from scratch, I’m not one of these people who will take a beading class and then just make what I learnt in different colours or with slight variation where’s the originality in that? I like to make things hard for myself and therefore more unique. I make my own glass beads, I make my silver elements and I enamel my copper pieces. I also make felt from which I make items such as brooches, bags and decorations, and I paint with an iron and other heated tools to create my own cards and paintings.
If you want to take a look at my collection at Thames Chase Forest Centre – here are details of the venue.
My etsy shop: CurlyGirlyCraftsUK

Etsy shop has products!

enamelled-butterflyIn dramatic news….I have taken the week off and have tried to be strict with myself about getting my Etsy shop stocked up! You really don’t realise how long all the finishing products, weighing, measuring, writing descriptions, taking photos and then updating info can take but finally I have 10 handcrafted items online and will now be repeating the process with more items. I might take a little break to make some more glass beads first, or perhaps do a little enamelling.

Christmas is coming (14 Mondays left apparently) and I want to be at least a little organised this year for selling! Here’s the Etsy shop link by the way: CurlyGirlyCraftsUK