I was recently asked by one of the sites that I partner with in Australia to jump in to the hot seat and share a little bit about Not a Jewellery Box
Here we go…
I’m known on hardtofind for my…cool ways to store jewellery and personalised gifts such as bedroom door signs for little people.
Right now I’m inspired by…Pinks and beautiful flowers. I would never have thought I would be a pink kinda girl but I am totally crushing on soft pinks and pretty flowers.
My favourite part of the making process is… Taking the photos of the finished product. Its fun styling photos and sitting back at the end and being proud that that was my idea… I made it and boom there it is ready to be seen and hopefully bought.
I work from…my home in South Devon UK. It’s a seaside town so I am lucky enough to get to the beach most days.
A typical day for me involves…
6.50am – Alarm goes off and dress in either Yoga or Running gear or if I am lucky a surf.
7:00am – Morning admin, printing orders and planning the day ahead. My children are 11 and 13 now so they’re pretty independent whilst getting themselves ready for school whilst I sort out cereal and juice down in the kitchen
8:00am – Jump in the car ready for the school run (every parents favourite time of the day… not) Then afterwards it’s off to the beach to stretch CoCo (the dog) legs and breathe in that sea air.
9:00am – Head back home for a shower and make myself look a little more presentable for the day. CoCo tends to chill on the sofa!
10:00am – 2.30pm- Time to put my #BossMama hat on and get to work personalising orders and packing up everything ready to post. Then it’s time to hand them all over to the Postie when they arrive in the afternoon. Being a small business run from home my job involves literally everything – customising stock, warehousing, marketing, you name it, I do it… so then its time to get on the NAJB site to update new items or mark anything now out of stock. I also respond to any customer queries via email and then head on upstairs to my own little studio to photograph new products.
2:30pm – 4:00pm- Back to doing the school runs. Absolute hell on earth as one finishes at 2:50pm and the other at 3:30pm so lots of hanging around. God bless Instagram and its wonderful time wasting abilities plus a cheeky singalong to Snow by Angus & Julia Stone, so good – even my staff have downloaded their album after me playing it on repeat in the kitchen!
4:00pm – 6:00pm – Family time, finally! The usual lovely stuff here of seeing how each others day went, help with homework etc then it’s tea time. The kids are complete opposites in what they like so this is always a lovely one to plan out (sarcasm much?!)
6:00pm – 9:00pm- All the chilled out goodness of catching up on The Walking Dead or just having a browse online of what local gigs are coming up soon. Maybe even a local Yoga class if I’ve got time
9:00pm – Sounds a bit boring but a new rule for me is no screen time after 9pm. So that’s no iPhones, laptops or TV’s. My quality of sleep is so much better for this and also its been a perfect excuse to get myself stuck into a good book.
My proudest business moment was…Handing in my notice to the Bank that I had worked for for 16 years! So that I could run NAJB full time.
When I started my business, I wish I’d known…The value of my time… I am far better paying someone to do the basics which leaves me free to be creative and drive things forward.
I’d describe my personal style as…Grey, minimal and simple.
My last purchase was… some glittery star trainers!
The first thing I do when I wake up is… try to figure out what day it is…
The motto I live by is…Fuck it (Cheeky I know but sometimes you just need to say FUCK IT and give it a go, or stop doing something, or go surfing instead of working.
I’m hoping 2019 will bring… lots of sunshine and waves to surf.
Everything tastes better with a little…A good English Ale to drink!
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