Through the years I started several blogs, but always found it hard to post at a regular basis. The first weeks no problems at all, but through time I lost focus and posted less and less until I forgot about the blog entirely.
Somehow I always felt I didn’t have enough interesting topics to share with the world. For me the two important things in my life are beading and gardening, I’ve had blogs on both subjects from a hobby perspective. But I also lost the need to share what I experienced on both as well.
At this point beading still is my biggest hobby, but I’ve been able to find a way to make money with it and now it is my fulltime job. Ever since the moment I took the step to turn my designs into beading patterns that I could sell through the internet, everything changed.
The first pattern I made was for a round Tila bead necklace, called 'To The Point'. I listed it in June 2013 and I was so excited when the first copies were sold and the first positive reviews came in! From that point I got more serious about designing and making patterns. More and more beaders around the world got to know my work and patterns, and the group of customers kept on growing, and it is growing still.
I never thought I could make a living out of it, but the beading community is larger then I anticipated. When I first started posting pictures of my work on social media, I got so many requests for patterns it got me thinking if there was a possibility to turn my hobby into a serious job. At this point I can say it worked out pretty well!
After a few very succesful designs, like 'Kitty Cat', 'Blingy the Bat' and 'True Romance' and publications in several magazines and blogs I think I can say I'm a known designer now with a wonderful group of followers and customers that keep me inspired.