This month on 'The Handmade Series' I have a special treat for you. I'd love you to meet a fellow blogger and talented creator of these stunning bo-ho dreamcatchers...the lovely Ashlea Kerr. Glamour Coastal Living, a 'life and style' blog, is her place to hang out. Ashlea shares wonderful delicious food ideas, DIY projects, renovating and takes us through some spectacular coastal styled homes week to week.
Getting to know Ashlea through her blog and over social media has been such a pleasure and I'm thrilled to get to know her more. Ashlea's answers to a few questions tells us a little about herself and her gorgeous creations. I do hope you enjoy this edition. Ashlea and I have also put together a tutorial to show you how to create simple and effective feather craft so be sure to pop back in a few days.
1. Describe yourself in ten words?
Kind, punctual, practical, a dreamer, an over-analyser, reliable, creative, adventurous, big heart, wife.
2. What or who inspired you to start making vintage/boho dreamcatchers?
I saw a dreamcatcher on Pinterest that I loved and knew I had to have, so I made my own DIY version. I was hooked from there! It still hangs proudly above my bed. It is five assorted sized dreamcatchers, hung by leather off a beautiful piece of driftwood. I was immediately drawn to sourcing vintage doilies. That's the fun part, shopping for supplies and putting one off designs together. I started making them for family and friends as gifts andI think initially to get my confidence up to see if I was on the right track and would people even like them? Then I started selling via an Etsy Store and I haven't looked back - I love it!
3. Do you have a favourite and which is the most popular?
I have a few favourite designs – at the moment it’s this style, long lengths of leather, feathers, wooden beads and a one off doiley. It’s very popular too, I can’t seem to make enough to keep up with the demand!
4. How long have you been creating and what is a typical creative day like?
My husband and I run a construction business together – so my days are spent organising trades, materials, liaising with customers and bookwork. At the end of the day it’s nice to be able to switch off from the blokey world of construction and do something a little more girly and pretty! I might spend an evening after work each week being creative, but mostly it happens on a weekend day. I have a fishing mad husband who gets up early to go offshore fishing, so mostly that’s when the creativity happens – I setup on the kitchen table, put some music on and spend a few hours threading beads, feathers and leather to make my one-off looks.
5. Looking to the future what are your dreams for your business?
Dreamcatcher making and being creative is an extension of my blog Glamour Coastal Living I love being creative and sharing what I make and do with my Glamour Coastal Living tribe, via social media and for now this is where the business and creativity will remain. Looking towards the future, I would love to expand my blog and dreamcatcher making – my dream would be to have shops wanting to stock my one off creations as well as continuing to sell via Etsy.
6. Words of wisdom for anyone starting their own business?
Make sure you have passion and drive and believe in what you are doing. Back yourself and give it 100%, others will realise the potential of what you are doing and jump onboard too! Be realistic though, business growth and the development phase does take time and success is not overnight. Be persistent and make sure you are doing what you love – success will follow!
7. It's your day off... what will you do?
Enjoy breakfast at my favourite local café with Hubby and our fur baby Coopar, wander down the beach for some sunshine and salty air, take a dip in the ocean and then head home to laze by the pool. Now I am missing summer!!
8. Five things you are loving at the moment?
The friends and networks I have made via Glamour Coastal Living It’s such a wonderful community of bloggers and creatives out there and I am loving the support and friendship via social media (thanks to you too, Bec!). I am loving the buys and bargains on online shopping and finding unique one-off sellers via Instagram. Wandering my neighbourhood with my dog each morning, looking at new builds and renovations (I am such a house enthusiast!). My new herb garden and the amazing smells and tastes coming from it. Snuggling on the lounge with a movie and my Hubby on these cooler Autumn nights.
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All photographs were supplied from Ashlea Kerr at Glamour Coast Living.