This weeks instalment of my Creative Maker series we meet the lovely Jules from Mollycat Craft Co. I met Jules at one of the fairs I did a few years back, her wonderful colourful work drew me in straight away with her creative loops! So let’s get to know the creator behind Mollycat…
Hello Jules! So, can you begin to tell us a bit about yourself?
I’ve been running Mollycat Craft Co since September 2015. Everything I sell is designed and made by me and the majority of my products are made to order. I make personalised greetings cards, embroidery hoop art and bunting. You can find my shop on Etsy.
2. What got you in to what you do now?
I grew up in a creative household, my mum taught me how to sew and knit at a young age and my dad could make pretty much anything out of wood. I studied Design at University, specialising in Textiles and Ceramics and after I graduated, my career took a different path but I never stopped making. I taught myself how to crochet by watching YouTube videos and there was always at least one project hanging round the house at one time.
Fast forward to 2015, and after months of deliberation, I left the teaching career I’d had for 6 years to start my own business – I had always made gifts for family and friends, so I didn’t think twice about turning it into a career!
3. What do you love most about what you do?
I love being my own boss and the flexibility that being self-employed gives me. I also love that each week to the next is different depending on what orders I get. But most of all I love making each day!
4. Where do you get your inspiration from?
I love to play about with colour, When a new idea pops into my head, before I even start sketching out a design, I’ll get my box of embroidery threads or my set of yarn pegs out and I’ll mess around with colour combinations.
5. How do you balance your business and personal time?
I’m still trying to figure that one out, I find it really hard to switch off. You’ll often find me crocheting in-front of the TV during the evening. Having said that, I always make sure I down tools at the weekend.
6. How do you switch off and re-charge?
I try and go to the gym a couple of times a week. I used to really love running but a knee injury in 2016 put a stop to that. During the summer months, I love camping and music festivals and during the winter I tend to hibernate with a good box set.
7. What advice would you give to anyone starting out?
Don’t expect overnight success. There’s so many online sellers out there waiting to be found, so make sure you do your homework on HOW to be found. I remember listing my first few items on Etsy and wondering why it was taking so long to get a sale! It turns out my listings needed a LOT of work. If like me, you’re selling on Etsy – join a local team, the advice and support I’ve received from the Merseyside Etsy team has been invaluable! Working from home can be quite lonely at times too, so it’s a great way to connect with others in the same position.
8. What has been the best advise someone has given to you?
Be open to opportunities – you never know where something will lead.
9. Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I can headstand, hula hoop and poi (although not all at the same time)
10.What does the word creativity mean to you?
Good question! I’d say creativity is all about bringing ideas to life.
11.What is your why? (Why you do what you do?)
I do what I do because I love it! Life is too short to spend it in a job that stresses you out and makes you unhappy. I love making for a living and hope it continues.
Thanks so much Jules for taking part, you can shop and follow all of Mollycat Craft goings on in the links below…