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I’ve got your Halloween half term activity sorted!

Hi again! You’ve probably realised Halloween this year is going to be very different. No trick or treating (or there shouldn’t be but ya know some people might) and no parties 🙁

As far as I’m concerned this does not mean Halloween is cancelled. Maybe we have to celebrate differently and that’s ok. I am spending the evening dressing up and watching my favourite comedians do a live online show. I may even have some treats (no tricks!) 😀

It’s also half term soon and you’re probably looking for something spooky for you or your (older) kids to do? Well, I’ve got just the thing with my next offer!

My skull earring kits are perfect for those days when you can’t go out, the TV only has terrible reruns and you’ve played all the board games. Not only that but this weekend I’ve got 20% off my earring kits.

All you need to do is pop to my website, put the kit(s) you want in your basket and remember to add EARKIT20 in the coupon box before checking out.

So far I’ve got no other markets scheduled for October but my November is set to be busy. I’m really looking forward to another Makers Market From Home online market (you may remember me doing these in the Summer?). I’ve also got an awesome brand new market at the end of November in Warrington 😃 I’ve also got my debut at Levy Market 😁

Find more details of my markets on the front page of my website.

In the meantime pop to my shop and stock up on your Halloween jewellery.

Stay spooky folks!

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Another skull jewellery offer you say?

That’s right! It’s time for my 3rd skull jewellery offer to be announced. Where is the time going?!

This coming weekend I’ll have 20% off all my bracelets and that includes the new range I’ve recently designed. If you’re following me on social media you’ll be aware but if not (and why not?!) here are some pics

I decided to design a simpler version of my macramé bracelets and have various crystal or gem options. These can be made without a skull if you’d like but why would you want to?

I have tigers eye, goldstone, turquoise, rose quartz and many others. Each type has a matching skull bead but you can also choose to change the colour if you want. Just click on the link and pick your selection.

I’m also adding more and more markets to my list on my front page. I’m super excited to announce that I’m now working part time in my job so I can focus more energy on making and selling my skull jewellery. Why not come and visit me in person at one of my upcoming markets?

I’m also planning on doing a couple of online markets such as the Curious Exchange Market which is totally goth and another Makers Market From Home which is a “C word” market. And no I’m not swearing! C stands for that festive time of year and I refuse to use the C word under Halloween is out of the way.

Until then stay spooky folks! It’s only 20 days to Halloween…

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Announcing my next skull jewellery offer!

Hello again! Brrrr it’s got chilly hasn’t it? I guess it’s to be expected as it’s now October. How did that happen!? Where has the year gone? Also our boiler finally gave up the ghost last week so I’ve spent most of the week wrapped up to my eyeballs!

Did you take advantage of last week’s offer on my rings? If so, I’d love to see pics on social media 🙂

Anyhoo, on to the next jewellery offer! This weekend* only I will be offering 20% off all necklaces on my website.

To take advantage of this offer all you need to do is pop to my website, put the necklace(s) you want in your basket and add NECKLACE20 in the coupon box before checking out. Although this doesn’t include commissions, I am still open to these and happy to discuss your requests.

Don’t forget I’ll be at Warrington Makers Market this Sunday where I’ll have specials on my skull jewellery too.

If necklaces aren’t your thing don’t worry as I’ve got offers on my other skull jewellery coming up over the few weekends. More details to follow in future emails, blog posts and social media.

Why not sign up to my mailing list so you can receive notification of these and other deals? Don’t forget you also get a 10% discount off your first order (not valid with my Halloween deals).

Remember if you purchase from me I’d love you to leave me a review on Google or my Facebook page.

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1st Skull Jewellery Halloween Offer!

Hi again everyone!

It’s officially Autumn as of last Tuesday and I am already digging out my winter jumpers and boots. I absolutely adore this time of year (just in case you’ve missed my subtle hints! 😉) and I love going through my winter wardrobe. I really enjoy rediscovering my cosy clothes and boots. I bought a pair of boots earlier this year that never really had a run out so I’m excited to get those on!

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As promised in my previous blog post I am letting you know about the first of 5 special offers on my skull jewellery to mark the spooky season.

This weekend* only I will be offering 20% off all rings on my website.

To take advantage of this offer all you need to do is pop to my website, put the ring(s) you want in your basket and add RING20 in the coupon box before checking out. Although this doesn’t include commissions, I am still open to these and happy to discuss your requests.

These offers are only available via my website but don’t forget I’ll be at Manchester Great Northern Makers Market on 4th October and Warrington Makers Market on 11th October where I’ll have specials on my skull jewellery too.

If rings aren’t your thing don’t worry as I’ve got offers on my other skull jewellery coming up over the few weekends. Why not sign up to my mailing list so you can receive notification of these and other deals? Don’t forget you also get a 10% discount off your first order (not valid with my Halloween deals).

Thanks for continuing to follow my journey!

Sam

*Friday 8pm – Monday 8am

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Spooky Season Markets & Skull Jewellery Offers

Howdy there!

So, it’s 41 days to Halloween and I don’t know about you, but I’ve been ready for this for ages! It’s my absolute favourite season of the year. The leaves turning and falling, the smell of woodsmoke, the nights drawing in, the warm cosey clothes and boots and OF COURSE pumpkin-spiced everything! I’m rather disappointed that a certain coffee chain isn’t releasing their usual Autumnal offering until October, unlike previous years!

Luckily, as you would imagine, I have my own pumpkin flavoured coffee already in my cupboards.

To mark the spooky season I am running 5 weekends of my skull jewellery offers for you with up to 50% off! I’ll be posting about these on social media so if you aren’t already following me why not start now? Don’t worry if you don’t do social media as I’ll give you full details in my next email.

I have also been busy booking up Makers Markets and I have a new one to add! I shall be at The Great Northern Makers Market in Manchester on 4th October. This is my first Manchester market I’ve done so it would be amazing to see as many of you as possible. I’ll have lots of special offers on, obvs!

I’m also going to be doing Warrington Maker’s Market on 11th October and potentially some other Manchester Markets. As soon as dates are confirmed I’ll let you know.

That’s all for now. Weirdly the sun is shining as I write this so it seems a bit odd to be thinking about gorgeous Autumnal things but I can definitely feel it in the air. Stay safe and spooky folks and I’ll leave you with this awesome gif of Vincent Price being attached by a vamp Kermit!

Sam

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Spooky Season Skull Jewellery Update

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Hello! It’s been a couple of months since I last wrote because, as you may have seen on my social media, I have had a little break over the summer. I took time to rest, relax and enjoy some me-time with (literal!) Self-care. I managed to have a quiet weekend away in Whitby and catch up with some friends and family.

Have you ever had days where you feel like what you’re doing isn’t working? Maybe it’s a job you’re doing that you no longer love? A relationship that isn’t fulfilling you like it used to? Perhaps it’s realising the seasons are changing and you need to as well?

Quickly I realised it’s important (and OK) to take a break every now and then to get some perspective. It helps to identify what’s still working and what isn’t and then make changes. During my break moments of self-doubt about my products gave me some perspective on what I was doing and where I was going with my business. 

I’ve decided I want to evolve my skull jewellery pieces so as a result I start a silversmithing course this week to learn how to use metals to make my skull jewellery. I look forward to sharing my new journey with you over the next few weeks both on my blog and social media.

In the meantime, Autumn and Halloween are fast approaching and my skull jewellery is perfect for this spooky time of year. Whether you love alternative jewellery all year round or you want skull jewellery to go with your Halloween outfit click on the shop button below to find that perfect item. 

Finally, I’m going to be releasing some special offers over the next few weeks so do watch out for those discounts.

That’s all for now as I’m off to dig out a warm jumper, have a cuppa and think about putting the heating on!

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How making my skull jewellery improves my wellbeing

Hello again!

As it’s World Wellbeing Week (22 June – 26 June) I thought I’d ask how are you coping with everything that’s happened worldwide over the past few months? How do you improve your wellbeing? Personally, I have been struggling with my mental health recently so I thought it might help others if I talked about my depression. I know I often feel comforted by others sharing their story.

I find this time of year difficult as it would have been my brother’s birthday last week. You may have seen my social media post last Thursday about my brother Andrew and why I support Cancer Research UK by selling skull jewellery to raise funds for Race for Life.

I was officially diagnosed with depression in July 2011 and put on medication by my Doctor. This was partly triggered by a mentally abusive, duplicitous relationship. I was initially hesitant as I didn’t want to “rely” on tablets. I also didn’t like the sound of the side effects! I did it though and they really do help me.

For me the strangest thing about depression is the timing of it seem to make no sense! Even during the loss of my Mum (2005) and my Brother (2008) to cancer I was able to cope with my (undiagnosed) depression but in 2011 something I considered less stressful triggered it. 

Since then I have been prescribed tablets twice. The second time I could think of no reason why I should be feeling that way! I had a loving fiancé, a lovely home, a great job and what I considered to be a happy life. This is why I find depression so confusing and difficult. It can hit you when you least expect it.

I also realised that tablets alone couldn’t help me, and I sort professional help from a wonderful counsellor. She really helped me delve into my feelings and understand why I reacted the way I do to many things.

I also began to realise that idleness made it worse. I’m not the sort of person who can sit still all day every day and feel like I haven’t achieved anything. I realised the need to set myself daily goals even if they are small ones like “do the laundry”, “read a book” or “practise yoga”.

I also discovered crafting was great for me, especially making my skull jewellery. The feeling of creating something gave me all the feels! You know my skull jewellery journey from my first blog but I also learnt how to use my Mum’s old sewing machine and now I can sew my own clothes. I’ve also recently discovered a love of embroidery.

I recently found a great article from the Craft Council about why crafting is good for your mental health. I also saw this fantastic post from The Sad Ghost Club who regularly put helpful ideas on coping with depression and anxiety on their social media channels. It really resonated with me.

Other things that work for me are yoga, crime podcasts, running and watching re-runs of classic TV programmes.

Finally, I’m in no way saying that what works for me will work for you or anyone else. I’m not an expert and I don’t have the silver bullet for depression. Don’t we wish we did! I just want you to know that when you feel blue/sad/down please don’t beat yourself up. Maybe talk to someone about it, go for a walk, try something creative or simply allow yourself to go with that feeling and be safe in the knowledge that “this too shall pass.”

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Ch ch ch changes (in my skull jewellery business)!

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Hi! Welcome back to my Self Made blog.

This blog will be about how I’ve developed and adapted my skull jewellery business in positive ways to cope with the current pandemic.

How are you all coping with this current situation? Every day is different for me. Sometimes I wake up full of creative beans and some days I’m all about a duvet day and TV re-runs.

I’ve been furloughed from my full-time job and decided I would channel my work energy into developing my own Self Made skull jewellery business.

I did some small business training…

I had some fantastic business coaching from the lovely Nikki Matts. She really helped me focus my ideas, work out what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go with Self Made.

I also invested in a fantastic “Instagram for Business” course with Bloom Content Creation & Andy Greenacre which I discovered via Makers Market from Home (more about that in a bit).

From there I was introduced to Georgia who runs Bloom Content Creation and invested in a blog writing course and she’s been great! You may have seen the testimonial I re-posted on my Instagram page?

I think all courses have really benefitted me. What do you thinkf

I sold skull jewellery at makers markets…

Obviously, us makers can’t do real markets at the moment so many of us have now decided to take part in online versions. They are super fun AND it doesn’t matter where the market is in the world.  You could take part in a market on the other side of the world if you wanted to (time difference withstanding!).

For me it all started with Makers Market From Home run by the fabulous Andy (a.k.a. Unruly Print). The first market took place back in March and there have been 2 more since. Every time I have become more involved and you may have seen the live chats I did with Andy during the markets? I was even involved in their newest initiative #MiddayMakers last Friday! 

Last weekend I also took part in Leeds Steampunk Market on Facebook and this Friday I’m doing the Bluebirds Handmade Market online market from 7-10pm. Make sure you pop by and say hi!

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Makers Markets aren’t all about sales, sales sales! They are about making friends, supporting fellow makers and getting your products out there for the world to see. I love them and it keeps me linked to the in-person market side of things which I think all makers are missing at the moment.

It’s so simple to shop in virtual markets! You search the relevant hashtag (i.e. #makersmarketfromhome or #bluebirdsathome) and check out what wonderful products are for sale by lovely makers. I have found so many different items! Check out this Instagram post to see what I’ve purchased.

Will you be joining me this Friday evening? More info about the market will be on my Instagram page over the next couple of days and I may even have some new products to debut. In the meantime, why not check out my current products in my shop.

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Introducing my ‘Self Made’ Skull Jewellery

Hi! Welcome to my new blog. I’m so pleased you’ve popped by! Pull up a comfy chair and let me tell you more about myself so you get to know the name and face behind the skull jewellery. My name is Sam Self and I am the creator of “Self Made”.  I live in Warrington with my husband. I am a Southerner by birth but love it up North . Please don’t ask me to choose between them though! 

 

For a while now I knew I wanted to have a business called “Self Made” which incorporated my love of making things and my surname. My skull jewellery started because I just couldn’t find the sort of items I wanted to buy in shops. I would regularly visit a fashion website and type “skull” into the search engine and often see “no search results” pop up. So frustrating!

 

Periodically , skulls appear in fashion again so as you can imagine I collect lots of skull jewellery during those times! I have loved skulls since I was 18 when I started listening to metal music. All my outfits regularly have skulls on them and when I did my Masters my friends started associating skulls with me and it stuck!

 

I decided if I couldn’t find the skull jewellery I wanted I’d make my own. I took premade jewellery and started customising it by adding a skull bead or two. Then I naturally started to make my own skull jewellery from scratch by  learning and honing my skills.  Once I’d got an idea of the sort of items I wanted to create I just did it!

 

I created so much skull jewellery I thought “I can’t possibly wear all this!” so decided to start selling it as I can’t be the only person who wants alternative jewellery? I guess you feel the same otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this!

 

If there’s anything you’d love me to cover in my blog just drop me an email. In the meantime, why not check out my current skull jewellery here.

 

Take care of yourselves and stay safe out there!

 

Sam