Saturday, 27 October 2012

Office space (or lack of)

As you may know, I’m moving to Somerset in December, and one of my specifications for my new house is to have some sort of space to work, make jewellery and pack orders in. At the moment we live in a 2 bedroom flat, and although it is quite big, I have no room for any of my Literary Emporium stuff. Every inch of the living room is crammed with boxes, supplies and books!


This is my dresser current storage space for all my business stuff! It may not look very businessy but it has been a life saver when trying to find home for all my stuff (and it was a bargain eBay find. But now I have outgrown it and the drawers are overflowing!


These Cath Kidston tins are probably meant for the kitchen but they are used for all my jewellery making supplies.

Cath Kidston Tins

This lovely Alice in Wonderland tin was a charity shop find by my Mum and is used for all random bits and bobs like glue and ink.

Alice in Wonderland

 I don’t have a desk and every evening I take over the dining table to make and pack orders. It’s not very time efficient and it makes a mess!


So I am aiming to create an office / work space area in my new house. I’ve got a bit carried away on Pinterest looking for inspiration!


One can only dream....

If any of you have a nice desk area / work space, or any ideas of how to design a cheap office do let me know!

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Exciting news...

In my last blog post I mentioned that I had some exciting news to tell you...

I’m very pleased to announce that a range of Literary Emporium products are now available to buy from Not on the High Street! is the leading online market place for creative business and also one of my favourite websites so I’m absolutely honoured to my selling my products on there.

Pride and Prejudice Confetti

With 500,000 monthly visitors to their website, I’m hoping that selling on will give me the boost I need if I’m to give up my full time job to focus on Literary Emporium. I’ve had about 8 sales since I went live this week and I’m hoping things will pick up more in the run up to Christmas.

 If anyone is interested in starting their own home-based / craft business, I will be blogging about my experience in the coming months so keep checking back for updates.

There are some amazing sellers on there so be sure to browse the site for Christmas shopping inspiration – I know I will!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Giveaway winner!

Just a quick post to announce the winner of my Oscar Wilde Pocket mirror blog giveaway.


Drum roll please...

And the winner is...
Gemma Barret! An email is on its way to you to get your address details :)

Thank you very much for all your entries and keep checking back for more blog giveaways, I hope to do another one soon!

P.S I’ve got some exciting news to tell you but I’ll save that for another blog post :)


Saturday, 13 October 2012

New challenge

This week has been very busy in my Etsy shop and many evenings have been spent with my table resembling a little production line.

Necklace Making


Rubber Stamp
As someone who works full time as well as running an online shop, I’m finding that time is a luxury I don’t have. But all this is set to change....

In two months time I will be embarking on a completely new journey and leaving behind Dorset to move to Somerset. My partner has been offered a new job which means we will have to relocate. I’m seizing this opportunity to do something I have always wanted to do – concentrate on running my own business. I’m quitting my job in charity fundraising (a job that I love and will be sad to leave) to head into the unknown. So I’m faced with the daunting and exciting prospect of making Literary Emporium a success.

We hope to live here...




 A little town in Somerset called Frome. Frome is famous for its thriving arts and crafts scene so it’s the perfect place for me to live if I’m starting a craft business. It’s got loads of independent shops and cafes along with being very pretty with lots of countryside. You know when you visit a place and you can feel some sort of positive atmosphere about it, well I had that feeling.

Millie Moon, Frome


So my current ‘to do’ list is:
1.     Look for houses in Frome

2.     Make Literary Emporium a success

I’ll let you know how it goes!
P.S If you haven’t already entered my giveaway to win an Oscar Wilde pocket mirror click here

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Mirror Mirror - Blog Giveaway

I’m very pleased to be doing my first blog giveaway! But let me first tell you a bit about the item up for grabs. 

Browsing through Pinterest the other week I came across this quote by Oscar Wilde and I decided that I needed to create something with it on.

After giving it a lot of thought I came up with a design for an Oscar Wilde Pocket mirror. This quote reminds us that everyone is unique and what better time to remember this than when you’re looking in the mirror. Here’s the finished design! I hope you like it!


Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway will run for 10 days so will end on Tuesday 16th October. Best of luck!

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