2705, 2020

Oh Wanderlust

A sunny day in Kirkby Stephen, May 2020.

As lockdown continues and the days blur together, weekends
and bank holidays don’t feel the same way that they used to. For most, they
were a welcome break from the working week. In retail they are can be the busiest
trading days, especially during nice weather and school holidays when people
might […]

2405, 2020

Original Work

Bespoke designs

One of Olivia’s favourite products to make are the hand/foot/paw print pieces. Every piece is unique and always means so much to the recipient. The method to create them takes longer but the outcome is worth it. Olivia attended a specialised course in 2017 to learn the technique.

The process starts with photos, multiple […]

2005, 2020

Obstacles and Warnings

Part 2

As promised in our last post we have more top tips for any budding artsy entrepreneur looking to grow a hobby into something more. Starting a business is a huge task, hopefully some of this advice gets you set up stronger right from the beginning.

Just in case you ever forget, here’s a little reminder.

Accounts; […]

1705, 2020

Obstacles and Warnings

Hindsight, they say, is 20-20. Looking back on the past, you
see everything much clearer than when you were experiencing it at the time, you
are also looking back with the knowledge and experience you gained when living
through it. Taking chances and learning from mistakes are a crucial part of
life, and definitely part of starting and growing […]

1305, 2020

Over Worked?

It’s important when starting your own business, and especially if you are working from home, to ensure you find a healthy balance regarding how to use your time. When you are self-employed, you feel a lot of pressure knowing you are the person responsible for everything, and time is a precious commodity. However pouring every […]

1005, 2020

On the Whole

Today we are going to answer some common questions we
receive regarding the jewellery making process. Creating jewellery is something
a lot of crafters might experiment with and there are so many materials one can
use, however silversmithing requires specific training and equipment.

Olivia attending her silversmithing course 2010

After completing her Textile Crafts degree from University of Huddersfield in […]

605, 2020

Offers and Winning!

May 2020

It’s a new month and the sun has re-appeared; we are feeling pretty positive and want to share that with you, so it’s time for a competition! Let’s add a little excitement to our routines with a free gift giveaway!

Ready and wrapped…

As a thank you for following this new blog and to celebrate our
recent […]

305, 2020

Ones to Watch…

May 2020

When building a small business there are so many challenges. Sometimes sharing
best practises with others in a similar situation can make all the difference. Learning
from mistakes, developing product ranges, streamlining processes, all of these
things take time and perseverance. We are very lucky at OnlyWillow to have the
fantastic supportive colleagues and followers that we do, […]

2904, 2020

Ornamental Wrappings

Sample of latest white packaging sizes, including rose gold branding

Packaging is vitally important to building a brand. Being easily recognisable to differentiate your product from others is a key step when developing a business. It’s essential to have an identity that your customers connect with and grabs their attention. Branding isn’t just the physical aesthetics, […]

2604, 2020

Outstanding Will

How do you know when you’re ready to take the plunge and go
freelance?

One of the most nerve-wracking thoughts is giving up a
steady guaranteed monthly wage to go it alone and become self-employed. Yet
there is no reward without risk and if you’re lucky, the bigger risk you take
the greater reward you earn.

Of course, every situation is […]