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My last skull jewellery offer is a doozy!

Where has the time gone eh? It’s only 5 more days until Halloween! Hurrah. What are your plans? I can’t wait to spend it watching my fav comedians doing an online gig about serial killers. “What?!” I hear you say. You read that right it’s called “All Killa No Filla” and if you’re not familiar it’s a brilliant podcast devoted to talking about serial killers and general hilarious chit chat. It’s performed by Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Rachel Fairburn and if you’ve not listened to it yet and true crime is your bag then check it out. I listen on Spotify, but they have other channels too.

I’ve taken a break from markets for a coupla weekends, but November is chockablock with events and I’m super excited to be returning to Warrington on 8th November and for my first every Levy Market on 14th November. I’ve also got 2 online markets and a fair few other treats in the works. Check out the front page of my website for more info.

In November I’ll have an exciting announcement for you so stay tuned for that!

Last but not least it’s also time for me to announce my final skull jewellery offer. I’ve saved the best ‘til last of course! This weekend, Halloween itself, I am offering buy one get one free on all earrings. That’s 50% off! All you need to do is pop to my website, put the earrings you want in your basket and remember to add BOGOFEAR in the coupon box before checking out. If you can’t see what you’d like drop me a DM about a commission 😊

In the meantime, and as always stay spooky folks!

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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.

Nikki Matts Instagram Post