Akiko Ban, jewelry designer. 

Akiko Ban, jewelry designer. 

This week I am interviewing one of our Own!! Akiko creates beautiful, inspiring, sculptural pieces and I just love them. I first discovered Akiko at one of Craft Centrals events and couldn't resist purchasing a piece, I actually think I need more!

Since then Akiko has grown from strength to strength!

Akiko is now a member of our Facebook Community Group so I asked her a few questions about her business and how she started.

Enjoy x

- Do you have creative habits or rituals in your work that helps you stay focused and happy? 

Staying fit and healthy is an essential part to stay focused and happy. I do running and take a contemporary dance class. Sometimes I go to Buddhist Centre to do meditation.  Listening to nice music and seeing good art and design also make me happy.

- What is the meaning of 'creative' to you?

For me, being innovative by making something which nobody has done before. To do that you have to be free and honest with yourself and being unique.

- If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why

It would be amazing if I could collaborate with contemporary dance company because I am interested in the relationship between art and body.

- Do you have a favorite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

Lots of online media especially Instagram and Pinterest.

- What is the best thing about working for yourself?


- What is the proudest creative moment in your journey so far?

Our jewelry collection got featured by big museums such as Tate, the British Museum and Fashion and Textile Museum, which was one of my dreams when I started my business.  Also our recent collaboration with the high-end Japanese fashion brand ‘matohu’ for their SS2018 collection.

- Tell us about your business

MYSTIC FORMS is a handcrafted jewelry collection by a London-based Japanese artist Akiko Ban, co-directed with a graphic designer Taiyo Nagano.

Akiko is a practicing artist known for her lively drawings and sculptures that seek to establish a primitive, naturalistic and spiritual view of the world. In the process of creating this ‘Wearable Art’, she aims to create a special ritualistic and theatrical art object that acts as a prop and converts the wearer into an art piece themselves.

Akiko holds an MFA in Sculpture from Slade School of Fine Art and a BA in Drawing from Camberwell College. Her works have been exhibited internationally and her recent projects include the collaboration with Basement Jaxx and the high-end Japanese brand ‘matohu’. Her drawing was selected for RA summer show 2016.

- What part of being a designer do you prefer? The Creative, Sales, social or marketing side?

Of course, the creative as I’m an artist! I also enjoy talking with customers and get the direct feedback from them.

- What ideas did you take action on/steps you took to get your business up and running?

MYSTIC FORMS started as part of my artistic research project which explores the relationship between art and body. I have chosen jewelry as my medium to demonstrate my belief that art should be more accessible, personal and enjoyable for everyone. I am interested in how people’s perception of themselves changes by wearing my mystic artworks.

- What has been the most effective way of building your tribe for your business and getting new customers?

I would say being active on social media and stay connected with your followers and customers. Taking part in trade shows also helped me a lot to get exposure.

- What have been your biggest challenges so far? 

Managing cash flow is always challenging.

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- How did you overcome these challenges?

I am still learning a lot but trying to keep an eye on numbers carefully. I also get practical advice from other entrepreneurs.

- What do you love the best about running your own business?

Perfect freedom on what I do. How I design products, how I sell them through what channel and in what time line. However, you have to be perfectly responsible for the result.

- What would you give to other creative entrepreneurs?

Stay focused and do what you really love!

- How do you keep motivated when you are having a bad day?

Listen to good music, go for running and eat nice food!

- What platforms do you use to sell your products?

My online shop, market events and wholesale to retailers.

- What ones are the most successful for you?

Wholesale to retailers especially museum shops. 


Thank you so much Akiko you have been amazing, I am sure this will help a lot of another designer with ideas and inspiration!

Katherine ICW x


Why you NEED to take risks in your company to succeed


Why you NEED to take risks in your company to succeed

Why you NEED to take risks in your company to succeed:

Nobody’s business flourished from sitting at home doing nothing. Successful businesses are born from hard work, determination, and a whole lot of gambling. By gambling, I don’t mean actual gambling, but starting your own business takes confidence and the ability to risk your livelihood on yourself and your ability to create. Taking a risk is pivotal for imminent success, especially if you are an at-home worker. Here are some reasons why you need to take a risk on yourself and your business.


New Years resolutions you didn't know your business needed


New Years resolutions you didn't know your business needed

New Years resolutions you didn't know your business needed,

The end of a year is the perfect time to reflect on your business’s progress over the past 12 months, and plan how you want it to develop in the upcoming 12. Setting goals for yourself and your company are the perfect way to reset your mind and your energy levels. Below are some new years resolutions to better your business in this upcoming year!


2018 Goal Setting & Planning Workshop


2018 Goal Setting & Planning Workshop

Hi, If you have just come across this blog post let me introduce myself! My Name is Katherine Elizabeth and I am an award-winning entrepreneur, business owner, millinery & events designer.

A year ago I set up the Inspiring Creative women community so that I could help women with their own creative businesses and I would love to help you.


Inspirational Quotes to help kick-start your business


Inspirational Quotes to help kick-start your business

As an entrepreneur, the thoughts you have matter. These thoughts are the beginning of what could be an extremely successful business and they deserve to be cherished! Unfortunately, if you feel your thoughts may not be the most exciting or provoking, I have compiled a list of truly inspirational words I think you all might find helpful.


Important self-care tips for at-home entrepreneurs


Important self-care tips for at-home entrepreneurs

Leave the house- working from home can truly be a blessing, but don’t sit at home all day every day! When you work from home it’s tempting to sit down at your desk as soon as you wake and stay there until your eyes begin to blur. Try to get some fresh air and a new perspective by going out for a meal, walking around the block, or even spending 20 minutes at your nearest park. Giving your mind and body a break is pivotal for your health!

I have more useful tips in this post just for you.


Inspiring woman of the week: Our very own Katherine Elizabeth!


Inspiring woman of the week: Our very own Katherine Elizabeth!


We asked Katherine some probing questions about starting her website and thought you guys would enjoy reading a little bit about her!

  • What inspired you to start Inspiring Creative Women?

I found a passion for millinery at a young age, a Milliner who worked for Frederic Fox came to visit us at my university and she showed us a hat that she had cast from rocks. I thought this was amazing because it encompasses art, fashion and sculpture all in one! 

I became hooked and have been building my millinery business ever since. I was helped a lot from different people along the way so I thought that it was now time to give back, and Inspiring Creative Women was born!

I want to be able to help other designers who are starting out with business advice and support. It's also aimed at women who are changing careers or becoming mum's and would love a creative career to work on at home. 

  • Did you face any troubles starting your Inspiring Creative Women pages?

I started the website and then the Facebook book community, the problem was then finding people who would be interested in joining. Every week we upload a blog for the website and showcase a fabulous celebrity woman of the week, however the best way I have found to get people involved is via Facebook live and the Facebook group. In the group I can answer any questions, put up info to help and engage with members. It's also a great place for like-minded creatives to interact and help each other. 

  • What do you enjoy the most about starting your own blogs and websites?

I have always wanted my own business. I remember telling my dad that I wanted to be a fashion designer at the ago of 10 and my English teacher at the age of 13, who promptly told me to stop dreaming and look at realistic options. I.e. be a secretary!

That actually made me more determined to succeed in my chosen career so I could prove them wrong. Anyway, I enjoy learning, helping others, being my own boss, working out what would be good for my business, and acting on it. I like to think laterally and solve problems. It's also lovely to meet new people, see what they are doing and help them in any way I can. 

  • How do you come up with ideas to keep your Inspiring Creative Women instagram and Facebook page relevant and gaining followers?

I try to write and upload blog posts that would help a creative designer in his/her business, and help them find clients and make money. That being said, I hope the topics I have chosen so far are relevant! I also do a Facebook live every Monday on a business topic or a personal development topic. I know how hard it can be to run a creative business on your own, especially if you are working from home, so I try to give help and support, something I would have loved when I started. 

I believe that if you give, then you get back, so if I am doing it correctly people will follow. 

  • How difficult was it to start your own website and how did you know what to do?

For about a year I followed a lot of online women in business who knew more about the online world than me and I learnt from them. I also watched youtube videos on how to set things up. 

I also joined a few Facebook groups myself and asked questions. At first I started creating my website on wordpress but it was taking up a lot of time to learn all the tricks. In the end I found a lady in a group who had a really nice site and I asked her what she used. She told me that it was square space and that it's quick to set up so I started watching a few videos and managed to get the basics up quite quickly. 

You need to start somewhere and then you can develop it, that's how you grow. Don't be afraid of starting a project. 

  • How would you describe Inspiring Creative Women in 5 words?

Inspiring, positive, creative, fun, informative. 

  • What is your favorite social media platform to get your ideas out there and why?

I love Facebook because people seem real, you can have proper conversations on it and I have made a lot of contacts on facebook. 

Instagram is my next favourite because it's full of beautiful images but it's harder to build relationships on it. I don't understand snap chat yet, I don't see the point in putting up a post that will disappear! I suppose it's good to use in day-to-day life but not so much in business. 

I hope you enjoyed that and I look forward to seeing you in our Facebook Community!  

A big thank you to Michela for all the fab questions!!


How to stay physically and mentally healthy


How to stay physically and mentally healthy


Every moment of every day, we have the ability to create for ourselves new beginnings and new challenges that will help us reach our full potentials. What better way to reach these potentials than setting a goal to keep our mind and body healthy? We have one life, and one body, so lets set out to keep this body as clean and free of stress as possible. Below are some of my favorite tips and tricks to staying physically and mentally fit.

Vital health and piece of mind go hand in hand. As important as it is to keep your body fit, this is nothing without a clear head, and a positive mindset. Living a balanced life is only possible if you are willing to tackle these two aspects, reminding yourself that without one, you cannot achieve the other.

Exercise, exercise, exercise! A well-rounded fitness routine is the perfect way to keep your body on track. This includes strength training, conditioning, and cardio. Critical to your success in staying balanced is staying committed to your new work out regimen. Cutting corners and finding shortcuts will only hurt yourself, and you may find your body less receptive to what you are putting into your system. When your body is not active, it is extremely hard for the foods you are consuming to be properly digested. Exercise increases mental sharpness and physical endurance, and an energized body gives you a positive outlook on life. Plus, you will start looking great, feeling great, and performing to your best ability.  

Drink lots of water. Drinking about 8-10 glasses of water per day is an easy way to keep yourself hydrated. Water helps transport vital nutrients, eases digestion, regulates body temperature, cleans out your body, and keeps skin healthy and young. Not drinking enough water can lead to excess water weight, as our bodies store water outside our cells. This is what happens when you feel bloated and heavy. Water helps the liver do its job more efficiently, especially in metabolizing fat. If you are not consuming enough water, your liver has to work overtime with its other main function; detoxifying your body.

Maintain a healthy diet. Your diet can help prevent illness and disease, and is vital to the strength of your bones. Some easy tips to maintaining a clean diet is to cut out unnecessary sugars, processed foods, and any food item high in unhealthy fats. Eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day will give you a greater spectrum of valuable disease-fighting nutrients. Lastly, eat at least 3 balanced meals per day to ensure your body is obtaining the right amount of vitamins and minerals it needs.

Place yourself in a positive mindset. Keeping your body physically healthy is extremely important, but without a healthy mind, it is quite hard to keep yourself motivated. Every morning when you wake up, think about everything you have to be grateful for. Do you enjoy your job? Do you love the home you are in? Do you love those you spend your days with? Figure out one thing you love about your life, and remind yourself of that. Know that you can create your dreams, no matter how difficult life can be at times. Your life is what you make it, so why not aspire to make it as enjoyable as possible? Remind yourself YOU can do this, not your mother, not your brother, YOU!


Live in the present. Don’t live in yesterday, don’t live in tomorrow, live in today. There is something to be said about living in the moment, and experiencing life as it comes. Try not to get caught up in the “what-if’s” of life, and instead, get caught up in the “what now’s”. What will you do right now? How will you make this moment in time the best it can be? Living in the now helps you live life to the fullest and get the most out of it.

Work on boosting your self-esteem. Taking time out of your day for yourself is an amazing way to increase your self worth and think positive thoughts. Think of one of your favorite attributes about yourself and don’t let it go! Treating yourself with the respect you deserve helps keep the confident vibes flowing, and the self-love everlasting. Your attitude- how you think, feel, and act- mirrors how you feel about yourself.

It is extremely important to take care of your mind and body. Maintaining a healthy mindset on life is a great way to keep your mind healthy, while exercise is a great way to keep your body healthy!



How to start your own blog


How to start your own blog

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1.     Start with a mission statement- what do you want your blog to accomplish? Like most things in life, how much you get out of something, directly relates to how much you put into it. Decide how much time you are willing to put into your new blog and stick to it. Every blogger has his or her own method, whether it is a set schedule post or an “on-the-go” post. A rigid blogging schedule might help you to balance your work life and your personal life, whereas occasional inspired posts may result in your most creative work. With this being said, the hours you put into your work should be a labour of love, so don’t stretch yourself too thin. Keep in mind blogging should be a fun outlet, so don’t get too caught up in the amount of followers you have. Stay true to yourself and what you love, and the rest will follow.


2.     Chose a name- picking a name for your website is a lot like shopping for a bag. Its best to chose something you love, because you will be spending a lot of time with it. Have a brainstorming session, bounce ideas off of those creative-minded people in your life, and do some research. Finding the perfect name for your blog sets your tone, and should encapsulate your personality. A simple blog name can be catchy and easy to remember, but don’t sell yourself short. Explore creative and unique blog names that set you apart, and draw your readers in.

3.     Pick a platform- there are many on-line publishing tools you can create your blog on, so do some research and decide which platform you would like to use. Websites like Square Space and Word Press are great ways to create your own personal blog. With hundreds of online tutorials, both of these websites are very easy to navigate, and can help you create a beautifully organized blog. Another online platform that may be helpful is Tumblr. Tumblr is a great website to use when you are first starting out your blog, as it allows you to post photos, videos, and text, and can help you organize your blogs theme and aesthetic.

4.     Work on your layout- Aesthetics of a website are extremely important, so take some time to work on the layout of your website. This can take either 5 minutes or 5 weeks, depending on how complex you make your design. Whether it’s creating your own DIY banner or hiring a web designer, your blog doesn’t have to be too fancy, just easy to navigate and eye catching! One of the benefits of a website like Square Space, is that it gives you the option to use a pre-made layout, which is an easy alternative for any not so creatively inclined women. It is also important to think about how you place your words. It is extremely beneficial to create a heading for each individual blog post, with a sub heading touching upon what the blog post will include. Using photos in between paragraphs is also a great way to break up your blog and keep it aesthetically pleasing to the reader.


5.     Promote yourself and your brand- a successful blog is derived from love and passion, but it is quite hard to show people this passion if you are not promoting yourself! After you have created a few blog posts and feel confidant about your budding website, spread the word! Try to befriend other bloggers who interest you and explain why they inspire you. Ask them to have a look at your website and even give you some tips on how to better your site, what they like, and what they don’t. Connecting with fellow bloggers will put your blog on the map, so work on creating a twitter page or a Facebook page. These websites can attract viewers and start a conversation about your blog. Using hash tags is also a great way to get your blog known, allowing people to search for key words and phrases.

One of the most amazing aspects of creating your own blog is that is in fact, your own. Your blog should be your outlet for self-expression, a place to go where you can decompress and work on something you love. If you take the time to put these steps to use, your blog is sure to be a success.

If you would like more help, please join our Inspiring Creative Women Facebook group for weekly videos, advice and help from our amazing members, we look forward to getting to know you.

Please leave a comments below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Have a lovely week.

Katherine x


Tips for organising your business!

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Tips for organising your business!

A perfectly organised business is the pipe dream every hard working hustler strives to achieve. What if I told you there might not be such thing as a "perfect business" but what I like to call a healthy work-life balance? For many, their business is their life, and their life is business, which can get pretty hectic if you ask me. During the holiday season this business-life duo can be put on full blast, as all the exciting festivities may bring a lot of overwhelming responsibilities and tasks. In a world where technology is at your fingertips, this ability to bring work on the go can be a good and a bad thing, depending on how it is treated. The “clock out” mentality seems to have been tossed aside, and ideas and minds are always “on”. How can you stay organized and out of your own mind while still keeping on top of your business? Lets discuss.

One of the best websites I have stumbled upon is called Trello, also known as your saving grace for staying cool, calm and collected. Leaving brilliant ideas in random notebooks and journals was good for a while, until these million dollar ideas slowly became forgotten about. Trello is a free and easy online project management website that uses cards, boards, checklists, and labels to help outline a clear and concise to do list. Trello allows anyone to create a private list or even assign team members or co-workers to see what is being worked on, who is working on what, and the progress of each task. The visual aspect of this website makes it so appealing to the viewer, allowing every idea to be separated in its own box, easily adjustable and extremely visually appealing. 

The three main components to Trello are: Boards, Lists, and Cards.


The board, which is used to house your entire project, is where lists and cards can be viewed. Edits can be made to these sections, and the board is what houses all your tasks. Multiple boards can be made, or one board can house all the projects that you manage.

Lists are exhibited on the boards. These lists are columns that categorize and catalog the tasks on your board. Not only are these lists extremely useful, they are also very visually appealing, allowing for a clean and concise board. Lists can be modified and edited, allowing you to change their names, adding or subtracting them. Within these lists are the Cards.

Cards are the little projects any team member, or just yourself, can work on within a specific list. When you click on a card, details appear and you can add things like checklists, due dates, attachments, and team members can even attach files. If you click on the bottom or the back of a card, you can see the progress of each card, to ensure this task is being performed.

Trello is a great tool to keep organised, staying out of your head and leaving your thoughts somewhere more visual, and less cluttered! Here are an additional five tips to stay organized during a hectic workweek or holiday period.

1.     Clean, organise, and purge your workspace. When staying on top of tasks it is vital to work in a space that is free of clutter, waste and anything non-vital to work related responsibilities. When working with physical files and paperwork, it is extremely beneficial to categorize and label each separate file, making it aesthetically pleasing and easy to view. Buy new files in different colors, and organising them by color; green for financial papers, purple for clients, and so on. Labeling these files alphabetically within each color scheme and adding titles is a great way to keep separate files, separate!

2.     Buy one calendar to house all upcoming events. Purchasing one calendar to record and keep track of everything is a great way to visually see responsibilities as opposed to letting them get lost in your mind! If you’re maintaining more than one person’s schedule, use different colored ink to record information for each person.

3.     Make a note on your calendar, one week prior to any event, on what is needed for that event. Not only making a one-word note about an event, but writing what to bring is extremely helpful and helps remind you how to stay prepared.

4.     Make a list of your goals. Writing out personal or professional goals for the future (whether it be upcoming weeks or months) helps keep you on track. Put this list away for a bit, and check it every now and then to monitor your progress.

Choose one or two goals you want to accomplish this year with your business. Maybe it’s to make more money or to gain clients. How will you achieve this goal? What amount of money will you make this year? How will you do it? Write this information out in a clear sentence and put it by your bedside, or a place you go to every day. Read it every morning to help inspire you and remind yourself of these goals.

Keep working hard and don't forget, 

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If you would like more help, please join our Inspiring Creative Women Facebook group for weekly videos, advice and help from our amazing members, we look forward to getting to know you.

Please leave a comments below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Have a lovely week.

Katherine x

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More than 30 ways to making your first SALE


More than 30 ways to making your first SALE

I found this amazing in-depth article on Shopify and wanted to share it with you.

50 ways to making your first sale, I have taken out the ones that are not relevant to us and listed the rest below. 

Please refer to the link if you would like to see the full article, they also have links to extra help. Click here

I suggest that you study them all and research the ideas that you like.




  • 1. Make Friends on Facebook: Do some research and learn how to get started with Facebook marketing - everything from crafting strategic status updates to create a Facebook page for your store.

  • 2.Facebook add’s are effective but you don't have to pay for them at the beginning, there are ways to do this for free. Join Facebook Groups and look on business pages to make friends.

  • 3. Network on LinkedIn: Find out how to strategically connect with people, complete your profile, think about what to post and how to leverage LinkedIn groups. It’ very important to look professional on LinkedIn!

  • 3. Get Busy on Youtube: Discover how to sell with video, what video software to use, what kind of video content to produce. Having a YouTube channel can be one of the strongest marketing and sales tools you’ll ever own.

  • 4. Spark Conversations on Twitter

  • 5. Inspire with Pinterest: Pinterest can be a huge driver of traffic.

  • 6. Work It on Instagram: Instagram is quickly becoming one of the best platforms for online store owners to build an audience with. The quality of the pictures are really important if you want to attract followers!

  • 7. Tap Into Tumblr: Tumbler is a good platform for blogging.

  • 8. You have to remember what platform is good for! For example Instagram is more about pictures whereas Twitter is more about opinions… You have to select the best social media platform for your business.


  • 9. Get On Google Places: Google Places is Google’s answer to the good old yellow pages, and yes even if you haven't made a dime, you're going to want to be found on Google Places.

  • 10. Get Search Engine Optimized (SEO): Search engine optimization (SEO) is often considered by some as the holy grail of Internet marketing.

  • 11. Learn from Web Analytics: Analytics (for short) will show you what your customers are doing on your site, on which web pages they leave your site, and in some cases how long they have been a customer. 


  • 12. Get Product Reviews: This is the online guerrilla marketing method of PR. There is a unique benefit of getting product reviews from other websites that help increase brand credibility.

  • 13. Write a Press Release: Learn how to be newsworthy and craft a press release that rises above the noise. 

  • 14. Pull a PR Stunt: PR stunts are the ancient version of the viral video. They are loads of fun and help bring tons of attention to your brand if executed well.

  • 15. Sell a Unique and Newsworthy Product: Standing out from the crowd is one of the best ways to move merchandise. Especially if you’re in a crowded space where your competitors sell similar, if not the exact same products.


  • 16. Create a Video: A video is an amazing tool to attract people. On the video you have to surprise, to be positive and to be interesting!

  • 17. Start Your Own Blog: Starting a successful blog can be the easiest and cheapest way to attract thousands of new customers. All it comes down to is how well you can create valuable content for your readers.

  • 18. Write a Controversial Blog Post: Creating controversy is one way to get your brand to race out in front of the masses and gather some serious consumer attention. But it has to be done carefully and artfully. 

  • 19. Build Your Email List: There's no question how important email marketing is when it comes to adding to your bottom line.


  • 20. Pay for Google Adwords: No other advertising network will give you faster sales results than Adwords.

  • 21. Buy Banner Ads: Banner ads can work magic when it comes to selling products online, but like every form of marketing, they have to be done right.

  • 22. Promote Your Tweets on Twitter: Learn how to leverage Twitter's advertising platform to get your content in front of more people and increase your engagement on Twitter. 


  • 23. Sell Wholesale to Other Retailers: You are allowing other businesses to take part in the marketing of your products. They will talk about your products to their customers and hopefully spread the word about it through their own internet marketing activities.

  • 24. Take Your Business On the Road: A fun and productive way to see the rest of your country while looking to make that first sale.
    I did this when I first started, I traveled to lots of county towns in England and visited the best boutiques. I was quite successful, lots of shops bought and rebought products.

  • 25. Get a sales rep: Sometimes getting that first sale is a quick endeavor but sustainable growth in sales quickly makes you realize how tough it can be to be a one-person sales team, especially if your product requires a little more convincing than traditional consumer goods.


  • 26. Get Going with Tradeshows: Trade shows can have a profound impact on your business, especially if you’re the manufacturer or source of your own products.

  • 27. Distribute Flyers: Even with the popularity of internet marketing, flyers and direct mail are still effective ways to make sales.


  • 28. Tell Family and Friends: Your network of friends and family will most likely be your easiest first sales. You may not want to sell to them, but this is a powerful way to kickstart word of mouth for your business. Ask your friends to like and follow you on social media!

  • 29. Participate on Forums: Participating in online forums can be an amazing way to get your business in front of the right audience.

  • 30. Demonstrate Trust and Security: A major hurdle all small online retail businesses have to face when they are just starting out is getting consumers to trust doing business with them. You need to make sure that your website appears trustworthy.

31. Delegate and Get Things Done: When you're first starting out, it feels like the entire world is on your shoulders. Decide which tasks to do yourself and which ones you should be delegating in order to run your business efficiently and maximize sales. 

I hope you found this useful!


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Please leave a comments below and we will get back to you as soon as I can.

Have a lovely week.

Katherine x






This week I am starting a new project, I want to SHOWCASE an Inspiring creative woman of the month from our amazing Facebook group. Why? because you are ALL so amazingly talented and this needs to be recognised. It will give you a chance to talk about your business, it will also help everyone understand how a real business works. If you would like to have your business showcased on our blog and Social media please let me know in the comments below! OR JOIN OUR INSPIRING CREATIVE WOMEN FACEBOOK PAGE and message me. 

This week our inspiring woman of the month is:
Designer Melanie Falvey

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About Her

Melanie Falvey is a jeweler and interior lifestyle designer she creates beautiful surroundings all around the world. She believes in the power of beauty as a means to achieving a healthier and happier home and workspace. She approaches every project from a holistic point of view, taking into account not only the aesthetics but also the emotional aspects of a space and its inhabitants.
Her signature style could be described as relaxed luxury, the marriage of high-quality natural materials with a stylish comfort.



Well I was designing weddings and interiors (I still do) and I used to make jewellery to relax and de stress in between projects. And then one day, I thought, hey, why don´t I do this properly? Set up a business and start selling my designs?

That´s how it all started and it´s proven to be a great combination, I wouldn´t want to give up any of my creative businesses.



I am a jewellery designer and I also handcraft most of my designs. I believe jewellery has the power to connect us to past, present and future and I love how it is infused of life´s special moments.

In many happy moments in a person´s life, there is a piece of jewellery that will remind them of those feelings and emotions.

I just love how it is another vehicle to create and feel happiness.

My mission is to fill a person´s life with happy moments, whether it is through creating beautiful surroundings for them or a special piece of jewellery.



Most of my memories even when I was really young involve making jewellery or decorating parties or rooms in the house, so I definitely know my career is my passion-how lucky is that!

What part of being a designer do you prefer? The Creative, Sales, social or marketing side?

I really enjoy designing, and to be honest, I would say Social media and marketing are really fun too once you know what you are doing! Tech was a bit of a challenge at first but now it´s (almost) a breeze!


I just did it! I always take immediate action on my ideas, I cannot help doing so. I get so excited about them, I couldn´t imagine waiting for them to materialise…I need to get them started.

I obviously don´t put out every crazy idea I have…I sit on them or sleep on them, ha ha ha but if the excitement doesn'tfade, I take action!


I would say social media and holding pop up events because , although differently, they allow you to make connections, get to know them and establish relationships.

Who do you follow?

I would say…everybody who has talent! I admire so many designers it would be hard to name just a few.

Obviously the master jewellers are a huge inspiration : Cartier, Bvlgari, Boucheron…but I love many contemporary jewellers too.


Probably sales are always tricky because you need to be your own judge and put your designs out there and you always feel a bit vulnerable. You do get more confident though as time goes by and when you see the response in the customers.


I still try to overcome them day by day. I think as creatives and business owners we are always learning, growing, trying new things. I would say not a single day goes by that I don´t learn something new about the business, the craft or even myself.

But I love that ever “keep learning” attitude, so it´s not a burden whatsoever.


I get to create what I envision, literally in many aspects. I create designs, I create my schedule, I create my lifestyle…it´s a whole lot of freedom (even though you need to be responsible about it, obviously).


Definitely get yourself some business education.

HOW DO YOU KEEP MOTIVATED when you are having a bad day?

Well, that´s exactly what I do in my other business, I create workspaces that maintain your motivation high and that enable you to perform at your best and highest potential. So, in my case, my workspace/studio is the perfect container for my creativity and productivity and I have triggers and resources in place to avoid bad days. I only have bad minutes, once I use my own tools, the day rolls again.

I believe having a supportive environment, especially for entrepreneurs is vital.

What are you main inspirations?

So many!

Almost everything I see is an inspiration.

But I would say my collections are inspired in archaeology, history,nature, celebrations, mood and empowerment.

What platforms do you use to sell you products on?

Right now I am re branding so I am setting up my own e-commerce. I was selling on other e-commerce platforms but I want to grow my BTC to be able to offer them a complete shopping experience. I feel that if I have control of the whole process, I can really cater for them.

Do you have any marketing tips to share with our members?

Create a solid brand and be cohesive. You can always switch things up later on or do a complete re brand but while you are at each stage, make sure it is solid and consistent.

Beautiful earrings by Melanie 

 Beautiful earrings by Melanie Falvey

Beautiful earrings by Melanie Falvey


Thank you To Melanie for giving us all this great advice, please visit Melanie's website to view her wonderful designs at

I hope you find this useful if you would like to be featured next time please let us know in the comments below and if you haven't already joined our Facebook community please (click here), the group full of inspiring creative women.

Katherine x


Inspiring woman of the month! One of our own!


Inspiring woman of the month! One of our own!


This week I am starting a new project, I want to SHOWCASE an Inspiring creative woman of the month from our amazing Facebook group. Why? because you are ALL so amazingly talented and this needs to be recognised. It will give you a chance to talk about your business, it will also help everyone understand how a real business works. If you would like to have your business showcased on our blog and Social media please let me know in the comments below! OR JOIN OUR INSPIRING CREATIVE WOMEN FACEBOOK PAGE and message me. 

This week our amazing woman of the month is


She is an innovative designer with experience in roles as a senior jewelry designer. She has worked for a variety of well-known luxury and high street brands. For the last 13 years, she has been spent immersed in a world of precious stones, costume jewelry, trims, beads, vintage jewelry and antique artifacts sourced from around the world.
She has also honed her jewelry making skills and production knowledge, not only by creating collections for various brands across the High Street but by building her own brand SB where she makes one of a kind jewelry by using and restoring old antique components with Swarovski Crystals. 
She embraces the challenge of taking on new projects and conceptualizing and creating innovative jewelry.


What motivated & inspired you to start your business? 
SHEENA: I have worked in jewelry design for 15 years designing for all the UK High Street retailers and concessions in Galerie Lafayette Paris. 
There has always been this inner fire within me to try to break the norm within the design, break and redefine the boundaries of how objects should be used or worn.  Tired of designing throw away fashion items, I really wanted to create unique diverse collections which inspired people, evoked a sense of amazement, excitement and shows craftsmanship and skill. 

Would you describe your career as a passion? 
SHEENA: Passion is all I am  I’Mextremely passionate about Art, Design and what I do. I love creating and making new pieces it’s a feeling I can't really describe in words it's just an inner sense this is who I am. I knew I wanted to be a designer from the age of 10. 

What part of being a designer do you prefer? The Creative, Sales, social or marketing side? 
SHEENA: I love the design part the post but also the social side as I love meeting new people, talking and discussing MTM orders and also making people feel happy with what they have bought. 

WHAT ideas did you take action on/steps YOU TOOK TO GET YOUR BUSINESS UP AND RUNNING? 
SHEENA: It was helpful for me to be able to do this as I had been working within the industry for 15 years and also had the experience of traveling and working in many European and far countries. It was this experience I have been able to gain a sense of what is required to have a jewelry business.  

What is required for marketing, merchandise, aesthetically? What sells and what level of finish and quality you need to maintain in the business? What has been the most effective way of building your tribe for your business and getting new customers? 
SHEENA: The most effective for me has been social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram but I also know a lot of stylists and buyers in the industry. This has helped to strengthen my tribe for business. Also, word of mouth a great book sums a lot of this up really well, book title purple cow by Seth Godwin. 

Who do you follow to get inspiration? 
SHEENA: Inspiration for me isn't from one source it's everything around me. I visit and go out to lots of fashion events, museums, private views, exhibitions and it's always inspirational.

What have been your biggest challenges so far?
SHEENA: I know that commercial pieces always sell better but I'm so tired of commercial jewelry that in actual fact I could potentially be earning lots more money but have made a choice to be bespoke from beginning to end. so the challenge has been financial. 

How did you overcome these challenges? 
SHEENA: I have overcome this problem by having additional services like loaning jewelry out for stylists to use for fashion events, runway shows or magazines. I also advise and repair jewelry for clients. the key thing in any business to be open, versatile in your approach, love what you do. 

What do you love the best about running your own design business? 
SHEENA: I love being in control of my design and in charge of what I want to place in my collection. I sometimes feel in fashion jewelry it's always about the next season but still feel that you can follow trends but still re use certain styles in the next collection by re inventing some styles. 
What advice would you give to other creative entrepreneurs? 
SHEENA: I would say to stay focused, be yourself, try to enjoy the process, be clear what direction you want your business to take, what you want from the business, and what you want to achieve and what time frames you want to get this done by. but to still smile.and try not to be overwhelmed with the business side. 

How do you keep motivated when you are having a bad day? 
SHEENA: I dance I'm an artist in many different ways, I feel it helps me to loosen and open my mind to creativity. 

What are your main inspirations? 
SHEENA: My main inspirations would be music, colour, art, painting.
What platforms do you use to sell you products on? 
SHEENA: A lot of social media and my contacts I have with stylists and people I now within the industry, also blogger events.
What ones are the most successful for you? 
SHEENA: Social media and bloggers events.

What is your objective in your business? what do you want to achieve? 
SHEENA: To innovate, create new designs that open the eye to the way we see and wear jewelry.

 What advice would you give someone who is starting out? 
 SHEENA: Just keep trying and believe.

Do you have any tips on tools that you use ie apps, websites, online things to help your business? 
SHEENA: I look at lots of different blogs as you can find endless information from them.


I hope you find this useful if you would like to be featured next time please let us know in the comments below and if you haven't already joined our Facebook community (click here), full of inspiring creative women.

Katherine x


19 Tips for marketing your new creative business


19 Tips for marketing your new creative business


19 Tips for marketing your new creative business!

So it's time to start thinking about marketing and what you can do to build up your website traffic!

I have been researching a few ways to do this and listed them below, enjoy!

1) PR

Produce your own press release and send that out to magazines and bloggers, make sure it is relevant to them.

Take a look at a blog post I wrote on 7 ways to generate publicity.


2) Website

Make sure that your website is hosted in a good place that will fit your needs, Shopify and Squarespace provide great templates to launch a successful online store. Shopify has loads of plugins to help with analytics and SEO. 

Squarespace has some lovely templates to choose from, both of my websites are on square space, its’ easy to use and effective.

3) Seo,

It can be difficult to rank high if you are new but keep at it, do a lot of research on SEO and make sure you use your tag words and optimise your site really well.

4) Google Adwords

Although they can be expensive people find them very effective.

Check what keywords are relevant to your brand and products and set up a monthly budget to bid on both short and long tail keywords. Make use of the guidance that Google reps will give you on these keywords during your account setup.

5) Re-marketing

Are those little ads that follow you around the web? Have you ever looked at a bag and then realised it’s following you everywhere? Have you ever decided to purchase those boots because you can’t seem to forget about them? That is the brilliance of re-marketing.

6) Create a blog and post high-quality content regularly.

One of the great ways to market your business online is by building a blog where you can post and share high-quality content that adds a high amount of value on a regular basis. This won't pay off overnight but works if you can stick with it. Consistency is key.

This helps to drive traffic via Google and helps to give you authority.

7) Connect with others in LinkedIn groups.

Connect with people in groups, don’t be spammy, post and chat with new contacts.

8) Instagram influencers.

With today’s social media we can reach thousands of people from all over the world, a few years ago this would not have been possible so take advantage of it.

You need power users and influencers to help spread your messages. This isn’t always free but it will give you instant access to a wide audience.

If you have 500 followers try approaching someone with a few thousand, if you have 2000 try contacting someone with 5000 instead of someone with 34’000, it may be cheaper or free if you can build a relationship.

9) Market your content on Medium and Quora.

This is new to me but sounded very interesting so please have a look at these.

Apparently, If you have a fairly new domain -- less than 2 years old with little authority built up -- you should work on marketing your content on sites like Medium and Quora.

How does it work? Write one high-quality piece of content on your website. Ensure that whatever you're talking about helps people in some way, shape or form.

Once you've done that, write another article on a site like Medium or Quora, also making sure that it's keyword-centric, insightful, unique and adds a lot of value. Create one link from that article using a primary or relevant keyword back to the main article on your site or blog. This is called content marketing, and it's the most powerful method for gaining traction on Google's SERPs, while also reaching large existing audiences through these authority sites as well.  Thank you, Google.

10) Implement the 80-20 rule to identify and market to high-value clients.

Identify which clients that are generating the most income for your business, you can then create more sales by sending them additional offers and discounts for other services and products.

11) Create You Tube videos

It would be great to create some useful videos that teach people things, for example, if you are creative you could teach people about your craft, you never know you might be the next You Tube sensation!

Be sure to drop a link inside the description back to relevant content on your site.

12) Email

Make sure you have a pop-up on your website asking your website visitors to register and join your mailing list in exchange for a one-time free gift or discount, it’s a great way to start building your email list.

I know a designer who makes most of her money via newsletters to clients, they are very stylised and get to the point. She often puts on a sale and offers this to special people on her list.

She also interviews successful women who have worn her garments, nice touch.

13) Work with popular bloggers

Reaching out to popular bloggers in your line of work, this is an effective way to market your business online, especially if you have something of value to add to one of their posts.

If you are a good writer offer your services as a guest blogger.

14) Regularly contribute on forums.

Join in on conversations and add value before you try to drop a link.

Add value. Chat with others. Make suggestions. Answer questions.

15) Build consumers on platforms like Yelp and Trust Pilot.

Encourage your clients to leave good reviews, this is a great way to build customer trust.

16) Giveaway with a partner

Find something that you can give away and partner with another company, group or professional in your field. You should be able to gain new clients this way so choose someone who may have the same clientele as yourself.

17) Give a talk at a professional conference or on a webinar.

I have given a lot of talks in the past to corporate companies and members clubs, it’s a good way to get known in your area.

18) Use Facebook ads and strategically-targeted landing pages.

Facebook ads are not free, you can use interests, geographic location, marital status, age and many others to help find your customers.

It’s a good idea to send them to an opt in page after they click on your ad instead of your website and have an offer on the page.

19) Offer a free product or service to customers.

You could offer a free 15-minute teaching course or skype conversation, they can ask questions and you can help by answering and giving tips...

Make sure you get the customer's contact details so you can get in touch with them later. You can then offer them a back end product that they need to pay for.

People are more likely to buy after they have had something for free.

Things take time, be authentic, take care of your customers, in the end, you will be extremely successful, I can feel it! X x x

 Image thanks to Boss Lady

Image thanks to Boss Lady

Get creative Lady!

Kind regards

Katherine x

Thank you to Boss Lady, Google images and Calvin Klein for images.


10 Important rules for success!


10 Important rules for success!


In this week's blog I wanted to draw your attention to Jack Canfield, he is a mentor, coach and author who has helps thousands of entrepreneurs.

Please look him up!

I recently listened to his 10 rules for success and wanted to share this with you.


Enjoy and have a great weekend




Thank you to google, U tube, Jack Canfield and the Decorista for images


14 Great Creative Blogs to give you Inspiration


14 Great Creative Blogs to give you Inspiration


I have been researching blogs for my millinery business and I wanted to share some of the best with you. I have included some recommended sites for learning, plus some fashion and lifestyle blogs to give you inspiration.

Lastly I added a link to a blog detailing trends for this year’s wedding season, you might not work in weddings but the trend boards in this blog are great for any designer.


Enjoy x



Tuts+: Learn creative skills and shape your future. That’s the message from the people behind Tuts+, which has over five million users and shares lessons about code, illustration, photography, web design, and more.

Skillfeed: With over 67,000 video tutorials and more than 8,000 hours of learning, They even offer a free trial.

Udemy: A place to learn real world skills online. One of the best known online tutorial websites, covers a huge range of topics, including web, design, development, animation, video, audio, photography, business and even education.



Kinfolk: With jaw-dropping and mouth watering photography, Kinfolk is a popular choice for many creatives worldwide. Its website features content that’s available to subscribers.

Poppy Loves: A fresh and very appealing London lifestyle blog that covers the city’s events, cafes, restaurants, fashion, music, art and design.

Everyday Carry: Peek inside the pockets and lives of interesting creative people. Very simple idea but so fascinating.

The Selby: Take a peek at interesting creative people in their own studios, homes or workplaces. With funky little interviews and great photography, this is a must-read for creatives everywhere.


Fashion lifestyle

The Fashion Guitar

Dutch-born, NYC-dwelling, statement dress-wearing fashion blogger, Charlotte G.

Why: Charlotte mixes up her ultra-feminine style with classic staples, with a quirky twist.


Pernille Teisbaeck

Lithesome, Danish, street style regular Pernille Teisbaek

Born in Copenhagen, Pernille Teisbæk is the epitome of sleek, Scandi, style perfection.

Stella's Wardrobe 

History graduate Stella Kattermann

Kattermann is instantly recognisable for her bleached do and serious fringe. Her blog is suitably personal, hot in East London.


Coco's Tea Party

Gregory’s blog is all about feel-good fashion and interesting

 Coco’s Tea Party is a lifestyle blog dedicated to providing attainable style inspiration for fashion-savvy young professionals.


Advanced Style

Cohen’s dazzling street style snaps of stylish seniors is a treat. He grew up worshipping both his glam grannies and parlayed his respect for the older lady

Finally, I will leave you with a Summer wedding trends blog, to finish with a bit of inspiration

Have a Great week and see you next time x

Thank you to Google images for images 


How To Overcome Your Money Blocks!


How To Overcome Your Money Blocks!

Money Blocks

Are you struggling to earn money?

Your money blocks have probably been hanging around for many years. You have unconsciously taken them in from the conditioning of your parents, friends, teachers and society.

Most of us have them, I know I did.  

I used to get frustrated at not earning enough.

” What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.”

By Buddha


1- Where have your money blocks come from? 

You need to brainstorm before you go any further.

Lots of things can affect the problem – you think you are open to receiving but your unconscious is not letting the money come in.

You might feel that you don't deserve it, selfish and greedy for wanting it.

Films can condition us, for example the bad person is rich and the good person gives everything they own to the poor.

Some bad people do have a lot of money but that won't be you. Think of all the good things you could do if you let yourself earn more money, if you opened yourself up to really receiving.

Write down all the reasons why you might not be able to receive money and then surrender them! Start to open yourself up and be willing to allow more money into your life.


Please watch this video by the amazing Jack Canfield on the secrets to success! Its worth it!

2) Program your mind for financial abundance

You can do this by reading books, listening to money manifestation meditation mantras.

Really start to feel yourself opening up to receiving more.

Jack Canfield talked about an experiment in his video that proves the mind needs at least 30 days for your unconscious to start believing in the changes.

You will be surprised at the opportunities that will arise once you align yourself with what you want.

Try to listen to Manifest Money Now by Power Thoughts Meditation every day, even if it’s just for 5 mins.

You should also repeat affirmations every morning and night – you must attach feelings to the thoughts for this to work

Money affirmation ideas

  1. I feel rich

  2. I attract money now

  3. I am very happy and grateful that money comes to me in increasing quantities from many sources on a continuous basis

  4. I am willing, ready and able to receive money

  5. I see abundance everywhere

  6. I am grateful for what I already have and for all that I receive now.

  7. My income is growing higher and higher

  8. Money flows to me easily

  9. I am sensible with money and manage it wisely

  10. I allow my income to constantly expand and I always live in comfort and joy

"Our intentions attract the elements and forces, the events, the situation, the circumstances and the relationships necessary to fulfil the intended outcome. We don’t need to become involved in the details—in fact, trying too hard may backfire. Let the non-local intelligence synchronize the actions of the universe to fulfil your intentions for you."

 by Deepak Chopra   



3) Take the right action when opportunities appear, don’t let it go, grab it!

If you are not in the right position financially right now, then the actions you are taking are not the right ones. Really think about what actions you could take that are different and would bring in more financial abundance.

Start with that first step that truly inspires you and then add on another one. You will soon feel the energy which will push you forward into the financial abundance you are seeking take over.

I would love to hear what you think about this topic – please leave comments below.

See you next week for more tips and inspiration, Katherine x


What gives you strength in the pursuit of your dreams?


What gives you strength in the pursuit of your dreams?

I expect that your business ideas and dreams are really important to you, they certainly are to me and you wouldn't be trying so hard if they weren't. I also believe that you will never give up, you might take different paths and try new things but they will all lead to the same amazing outcome if you want that hard enough.

I have never given up on my dreams even though times have been tough, I remember ever occasion when I wanted to give up but I didn't and I am so glad about that. Whenever you feel that you want to give up this is usually just before a turning point so keep going.

I have written 10 points below to help you stay on track and realise your dreams in your entrepreneurial journey!!

I’d LOVE to hear what keeps you going? please Leave a comment below!

See you next week.

1) Don’t think to much — know and act.

“Don’t think. You already know what you have to do, and you know how to do it. What’s stopping you?”Tim Grover

 2)  Don’t let Money motivate you.

I know we all want extra money and getting that bigger house or fast car is a motivation but it should not be your sole purpose, if it is you will give up, think of family, friends, who can you help, what could you do that would be truly amazing once you are successful?

3)     Always strive for more

It’s not even about the goal. It’s about the climb to see how far you can push yourself. The journey is life and the details are what makes it exciting, when you have reached your goal make another.

Strive to be the person that you want to be in 10 years’ time!

4)  Don’t be afraid of failure.

Most people stay were it’s safe, don't be one of those people.

Don’t worry about falling down, you won’t be able to fly if you don’t try.

There is no ceiling and there is no floor. It’s all in your head.

If something goes wrong  pick yourself up and try again, it’s all part of life and could be for a reason. Don’t give up!

5)  Never stop learning

When I was at school I couldn’t wait to get home, the only subjects I liked was history and art but now I am in love with learning,

Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning. Never stop improving and honing your skills and knowledge.

Knowledge is success!

6)  Don’t compete with others.

If you keep to much of an eye on others you run the risk of copying so listen to your own intuition, take your own inspiration and see what comes of this.

Competing with others makes no sense. It pulls you from your authentic self and creates the pressure to produce.

 7Always work on your mental strength.

I love listening to mediation to build my self-confidence and creativity.

Your mind can battle with you on occasions and give you negative thoughts, to change this you should train your unconscious not your conscious mind to believe in you and accept change.

 “Mental resilience is arguably the most critical trait of a world-class performer, and it should be nurtured continuously. Left to my own devices, I am always looking for ways to become more and more psychologically impregnable. When uncomfortable, my instinct is not to avoid the discomfort but to become at peace with it. My instinct is always to seek out challenges as opposed to avoiding them.”Josh Waitzkin

8)  Confidence is your greatest asset.

Even if you don’t feel confidant act like you are, your mind will believe you in the end and you will become confidant. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, do those things that you are scared of.

I used to hate speaking in front of a crowd of people but for my business I had to do it and things became easier, I still get the nervous feeling but I ignore it and move on, it takes time be comfortable with this but it’s worth it.

When you’re confident, you don’t care how many times you fail, you’re going to succeed.

9)  Choose simplicity over complication.

We all have a tendency to over complicate because we need to feel that we are working hard, the best way to deal with things is to simplify and streamline.

Have a look at your business, what can you do to stream line? What are you doing that is taking too long?

Record what you are doing each day and have a look at your productivity.

In this day and age, we have loads of apps and businesses to help us automate and streamline so look out for them or ask me, I can help.

If you are not sure, find a mentor and ask.

10)  Make time for recovery and rejuvenation.

Always make a bit of time for yourself, I know we are busy but you could spend endless amounts of time on your business, if you didn’t have to sleep I bet you would carry on through the night but you can’t.

  • Put some time aside for learning
  • Time aside for fun
  • Time aside to inspiration
  • Time aside for working hard
  • Time aside for relaxing

 Don’t burn yourself out.

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“From this point, your strategy is to make everyone else get on your level, you’re not going down to theirs. You’re not competing with anyone else, ever again. They’re going to have to compete with you. From now on, the end result is all that matters.” — Tim Grover

Everything is already within you. All you need to do is trust yourself and act.

Are you amazing!

Have a Great weekend.

K x