Are you ready to make a living from your craft? If your answer is ‘yes’ then Kari Chapin’s book ‘Grow Your Handmade Business’, will help by applying her trademark you-can-do-it coaching style to the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurship and covering all the issues involved in turning your creative hobby into a successful business.

Kari draws the reader up through successive layers of consciousness, moving steadily toward that crucial juncture where “what you do”and”how you think”are absolutely in harmony. It is right at this point where you can grow your business, just as if you were tending a garden. There’s no mystery to the process, just a vigilant management of many tasks, all of which work together toward simple sustainability.”

This book is the follow up from the successful The Handmade Market Place. That book was aimed at people new to selling handmade this one is more about achieving long term business goals. The main focus of the book is on business planning, and writing a business plan.

A great book for someone interested in making their craft into a business and available from Amazon and other good book publishers.




I’m not someone who is mega organised at all but I do like to feel that by the end of November I am well on my way with the Christmas Shopping.

I think the weather this weekend has really made everything feel more like Christmas so I decided to first start checking out  some of my favourite sites to give me some ideas for some ‘original’ Christmas gifts.

It wasn’t long after browsing Amazon that I came across The Great British Bake Off 2015 Book  – with the hardcover selling for only £7.99 I soon purchased a few to pop under the tree as a surprise for some of my family.


Another good one I found on Lakeland’s site and is something really different. Strawberry PopaBalls Bursting Bubbles – basically its a box full of little round strawberry balls which you can add to a glass of fizz, lemonade or water to add a subtle flavour or simply pop one in your mouth for a syrupy strawberry explosion, all for £2.95