This week on our Craft Insurance blog, we wanted to introduce you to a lady, who is not only a whiz on the sewing machine, but also a dab hand at using social media to sell her crafts – last look, Emily had a whopping 1289 likes on her Facebook page!! (I’ve already tried to quiz her on her secret, as it’s clearly working) and has also experienced a bit of Twitter fame.
We cover Emily for public and products liability, so that she can sell her crafts both online, and at large craft fairs and events, so she can stock her items in other peoples shops, and in fact everywhere she goes to sell her handmade crafts.
I’m Emily and I started up A Tiny Piece Of Me in September 2013.
I’ve always had a passion for making and creating things and am very blessed with an extremely talented mother. I started up making something I loved- dachshunds, I didn’t have a real one so designed my own doorstop version. These proved popular and I expanded my designs in other fields. I’m proud to say I now own a real walking, barking version, who is my daily companion.
Kirstie Allsop’s re-tweet of Emily’s gorgeous dachshund doorstop
A floral version of the dachshund doorstop
I work full time creating, this year I am only attending large fairs (minimum of at least 4,000 people). I was lucky and got space for the New Forest Show. When I have a fair it’s all systems go and can often be up till the early hours creating stock. Christmas was extremely demanding and I worked from 6am till 1am most days. It was hard but rewarding.
I also stock in local shops, and will soon be in an Emporium opening in Christchurch, plus I’ll be in Molly’s Den as of 1st April.
Working long hours I balance out during January & February when I can calm down. But there’s always tax return information and book keeping to keep up with. It’s not as simple as it appears. I also have a son so I tend to stop work from 3-7:30 in quieter months. I tend to use evenings for social media promotion. It will all be worth it!
My advise to anyone is to stick at it, there are hard times, you’ll make mistakes with promoting but this is where you really learn and know what to change in your next year.
I’m constantly on the look for ideas and love seeing others work.
An example of Emily’s shell art
I have my own rather lovely website on which I now stock a few brought in items just to help with stock levels for shows.
I can be found at
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