This Friday we have a sparkly lady named Avril and her store Sprinkles Sparkles.
How did you get started in your particular craft and how long have you been doing it?
I started out by making key rings, which I would hand out to my friends and relatives as little gifts. That’s where the obsession started!
I would pop into the local bead shop, buying glass beads that were bright and colourful, where I then made my first pair of earrings!
I have been making jewellery for four years and beaded accessories about six months.
Are there any negative aspects to doing your craft and if there are how do you work around them?
Making jewellery can be very expensive, if you don’t limit yourself to a budget. I have learnt my lesson to only buy what I need, when I need it! I can then spend more money on booking craft and trade fairs, that I absolutely love doing.
What tips would you give to anyone thinking of starting your craft?
Do your research!
Go online, pick up books from the library about beading or buy magazines. Find out what interests you, like bead jewellery for example then find out about the tools you will need, the beading wire that you will be using, and how much it’s all going to cost you!
How did you find Misi?
I found out about MISI while browsing a fellow crafters website! I saw the link at the bottom of the page, clicked it, and signed up to MISI almost immediately!
What is your favourite item in your own Misi shop?
It has to be my ‘Fairies in the Garden Bracelet’. It’s very bright and colourful, made from glass, hematite stars, coloured freshwater pearls with a huge blue glass heart, with a hanging fairy charm.
What is your favourite shop on Misi (besides your own)?
It has be Looby Crafts! Her work is fantastic. Not only that, but Louise welcomes commissions through her shop. I have had a fair few bespoke cards made by Lou, and they have all been fabulous!
Random Facts about you:
What is your favourite place to visit?
It has to be my childhood holiday town of Burnham-on-sea, in Somerset. It’s about an hours drive from Bath, on a good day! We try to get down there as often as possible, just spending the day down there walking along the road by the beach (I don’t like sand!), browsing the shops, eating ice cream, and going to the arcade to spend my 2p’s!
What is your favourite chocolate?
Easy! It’s got to be Maltersers!
What is your favourite time of day?
Just after my evening meal! When it’s getting dark, then ‘pop’…. the wine bottle is open!
What is your favourite website (besides Misi)?
I have so many!
But at the moment it has to be Creative Connections. I can easily spend the day chatting away to my crafting comrades, and checking out everyone’s new makes of the day!
What actor/actress would you NOT kick out of bed?
Thanks Helen for this question…. But it has to be Jude Law! Phwooooor!
What is your all-time favourite movie?
Can I have 2?
I love Titanic, and The Holiday! I cannot remember how many times I have watched both of them! Maybe too many!
Thanks for chatting to us, Av. Go and have a nosy around Sprinkles Sparkles ~ beautiful stuff.
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