How Shiny Creations Saved the Day.

One of the many reasons I started Shiny Creations was because I loved making personal gifts for the people I loved. That soon leaked into making personal gifts for strangers. It’s not just the simple act of making a fine craft by hand that I enjoy, but also in the agonising, tiny details that make a product truly personalised. I will often spend days working on a product until it is perfect. Though yesterday I took on a challenge that had me wondering if I had been dropped on my head as a child and everyone just forgot to tell me. Yesterday morning I received a panicked phone call; a …

How to stay motivated when working for yourself.

Being your own boss can be amazing. You can take breaks when you want, you can work in your pyjamas and can sort your own priorities. But, if you are not careful, those breaks can start getting longer and longer, you may find you never wear real clothes again and work becomes less of a priority and more of something you might do after you binge watch a new show on Netflix. Procrastination is the enemy of any entrepreneur and can be the death of great art. But not to worry- there are a few handy tricks I have found help me stay on track. Allot your time-  Living by lists …

Great Graduation gifts with a personal touch

Celebrating a loved one passing that big exam or seeing them graduate and gain that degree can be fantastic! Trying to find them a less corny gift to tell them how proud you are can be less fantastic. When my little brother graduated from university last year I was surprised to find that all that was on offer in ways of gifts for graduates were cheap, plastic ‘token’ presents, or nothing at all. Seeing your little brother graduate is a huge deal, shouldn’t his present reflect that? So this year, with my brother, Paul’s help, I have designed a few personalised gifts that can be tailored made to be just …

Why I Make

  My favourite time of the year has always been Christmas. I get childishly excited at the prospects of letting everyone in my life know how well I know them and how much I love them by getting them the perfect presents.  At some point in the 20th Century, Christmas has been lumbered with a whole boat load of stress for the shoppers and profit and loss predictions for retailers. I like Christmas because it means I have an excuse to get creative with my presents. It’s more personal, more enjoyable and considerably cheaper to have a go at making gifts. I rarely walk into shops and find the perfect …