Halloween!

Let’s talk about spooky things! Halloween is coming up and it’s a great celebration for those who enjoy it (nothing too sinister for me, please!).

Nowadays, it’s all about Trick or Treat, costumes, partying, spooky décor, carved pumpkins… But what’s Halloween origin? Halloween is celebrated on the night of 31st October, the eve of All Saints’ Day. It’s thought to be associated with Samhain, a Celtic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of Winter, at a time when “the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest“.

After getting some inspiration from Pinterest, I prepared a little collection as my way to celebrate the holiday.

 

 

You can find it here and for you, dear reader, all the items in the collection are available at 20% off, just in time for Halloween – use promo code BHALLOWEEN20 at checkout.

Hope you enjoy it!

See you next time

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Let’s talk Business

Normally, it would make more sense to have the experience, perfect it and then blog about it but I think that the struggle is an important part of any process and subsequent accomplishment so here we go.

As I mentioned before, I am starting a small business and with time, I decided that there are 3 components that I would like to maintain: creating, selling and blogging; and as much as possible, I want them to go hand in hand which will hopefully give the buyers a little bit of context while providing the readers with ideas to create and buy.

Creating
Well, my business is all about handmade jewellery pieces so yeah, pretty important step! As I get more comfortable around my pliers, findings and beads, I enjoy it more and more. I am getting more familiar with materials, brands, shops and techniques and it’s great in many ways; the self learning process, that so desired break from the being-at-the-office-the-whole-day routine, the therapeutic effect, not to mention I don’t really buy as much jewellery for myself as before!

Blogging
Ever since I was little, I’ve always enjoyed writing and as such, the blog seemed a great idea to share my experiences. For me, it is also one of the best ways to go back to my light and positive self at times of frustration. I usually see blogs around of very cool and successful people that are through the starting part of a business so I often think (silly me!) that I should already be selling all day every day… No! Kick starting is difficult and I’m sure everyone goes through a similar experience, in their own way… So why not share the not-so-good side of it as well? And it’s one way to gain visibility!

Selling
I started selling to friends and at some point Etsy was mentioned by a friend as a selling platform. After checking it out, I fell in love (hard not to!) so I decided to give it a go. There is a world of things about starting up a business to learn and not only Etsy provides you with the “webspace” to do it, it also offers continuous support, with all the blogs, instructions, chats and materials.

Also an important part of the whole process involving my business is research. I find it important to make some time to do a bit of study, whether it is for blogging, creating new pieces, learning new techniques or for the business as a whole.

Now with a clear(ish) idea of what I want for BeeBiju, I can ensure I set weekly/monthly goals that I can achieve but are, at the same time, challenging. After all, setting up a business is not meant to be easy! 😉

My starter kit

Hi reader! First of all, apologies for my absence. It turns out opening an online shop can be quite time consuming (who knew?!)! This time we will be going back to basics; I’ll take you through what I consider essential if you want to roll up your sleeves and get creative. Here is my starter […]

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