Basic Black – book review

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After years of everything being the new black it is time to get back to basics. Black is the new black, thanks to Sato Watanabe. If you’re a regular of my reviews you now know how found I am of the Japanese designer. But this latest book literally blew me away. Think minimalistic elegance meets edgy meets cute. Here you go.

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My mood-inspiration-feel good-notice board

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Sometimes it takes a simple thing to make your life simpler. My mood + inspiration +feel good + notice board is a good example of this. With only a few cork boards, some washi tape and a handful of stickers I got my work routine back on track. Here is what I did…

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Give them a cottage!

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How exciting is it to share with you my new range of customised felt cottages! This is the perfect house warming gift. It adds a pop of joyful colour to any home and it is personalised with any text you like: family name, owner’s first names, nicknames, you name it (ha ha).

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It’s not just about drinking tea – craft business booby traps

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Let’s face it: running an online craft business involves a lot of tea drinking. Some fellows crafters says they love being able to work in their pyjamas, I mean yoga pants, and watch daytime television now and then. If you ask people who don’t have a clue they would say it is about stitching/drawing/knitting/what-not-hobbying all day with not a care in the world. As far as I am concerned I never work in my pyjamas, may watch some tv on my lunch break but mostly enjoy the freedom of being my own boss, making my own decisions, getting to know my infinite skills a bit more everyday and getting to create/design/make everyday. However there are some aspects of the crafty and working at home life that could be lead anyone in depressed mood if not carefully managed.

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Can’t stop ironing – surprisingly useful tools for running an online craft business

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If you think about business artefacts, what pops to your mind? Business cards, big expensive black pens, desk computer, phone with too many buttons. Yes, me too. But I found my online craft business reality was a tad different. On a daily basis I rather use my camera, my printer and my iron who is now my best friend.

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