I have invited some friends to join me this Blogmas; and my first guest this month is the lovely Sarah; owner of Adventure Accessories, and fellow lover of all things craft!
Here to talk about her creative journey, and how she turned a love of creating into an award winning business! Featuring a new Christmas edition of her signature Traveller Notebooks
A Creative Journey From Hobby to Business…
Inspired by Kirstie’s Handmade Britain.
I first saw the idea for handmade notebooks on an episode of Handmade Britain, presented by Kirstie Allsopp.
The crafts that Kirstie showcased on the programme were simply stunning; and easy enough for even me to have a go at. What a good job there was a payday at the end of her series. Amazon was laughing all the way to the bank; by the time I had purchased everything I needed to make: Hand-scrubs, Leather Bound Journals and Heart Garlands.
The postman certainly earned his Christmas bonus delivering all my lovely materials; and I spent the following year making my first crafts which I gave away as gifts to family and friends. Little did I know at the time that I would eventually create my craft business; Adventure Accessories; and that the journals, which I have now adapted to my own design would become my signature Traveller Notebook Journals.
Adventure Accessories Traveller Notebook Journals
Adventure Accessories traveller journal notebooks are hand cut and sewn. They are bound in either black, chocolate brown or dark brown faux leather material. With a choice of white plain, lined or mixed paper.
The notebooks come with a map lining as standard; or you can customise the lining with photos, design or a map of your choice. They are then finished with a matching wrap tie. They are pocket-sized making them perfect travelling accessory gifts for outdoor enthusiasts.
Faux Leather blank notebook journal features:
- Black or Brown leatherette material
- Hand-sewn binding
- Map lined or custom
- 5 sets of inserts, each with 8 pages
- White Paper, either lined or plain*
- Pocket Size approx. 18cm x 13cm
- Matching wrap tie
Creating unique gift ideas – Adventure Accessories
I love working with customers to create truly unique gift ideas. I have created lots of lovely designs for custom linings and paper insert choices. These are just some of the different linings customers have chosen. Beautiful and practical for recording and planning adventures.
I have always kept a journal; and even in our now ‘tech age’ I still enjoy the tactile process of writing. Adventure Accessories signature Traveller Notebook Journals are beautiful and practical for recording your travel adventures or planning future treks. They also make a fun novelty gift; and you can choose a custom lining to create a truly unique gift for outdoor people.
I started selling my products at Christmas Markets to see what response I would have, if any, to my products. They were so well received that I completely sold out of my stock; and had enough orders that lasted through to May of the following year.
I then ventured into selling online using Etsy as my first steps on the road to online ecommerce.
Etsy is a great platform for new handmade businesses to be seen and access a worldwide market customer base. Wth a lovely ‘store-front’ it is easy to use and set up; with reasonable fees meaning you too can start your own handmade business, with only a few cents/pence cost.
Check out some great gifts for crafters in this post.
Crafting does not have to be expensive or difficult.
Now is a great time to take up a new hobby. In the technical age we are currently in; it is paramount that we find ways to unplug and the creative arts has proven health benefits. YouTube is a great resource to learn how to craft. It is not all silly cat videos. It is a learning resource that can be used in your own time; at your own pace to learn the steps of your new craft. You could learn to crochet, knit, macrame, whittling, even take up a musical instrument. The list is endless.
If you would like some ideas or not sure where to start; join the discussion and join the #BCChat Twitter to get friendly, helpful advice and support from the awesome creative community.
Sarah Skilton is the owner of Adventure Accessories; created in 2017, a successful, award winning creative handmade business based in Carmarthenshire, South Wales.
Combining a passion for adventure with a love of crafts; Adventure Accessories creates unique handcrafted, fun; functional, gifts for outdoor enthusiasts. You can follow Sarah on social media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Thank you to Sarah for sharing your crafting journey. I have of course blogged about Adventure Accessories signature Traveller Notebooks before, which you can read about here. I love mine and definitely think it is a great gift idea!Follow me on social media