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Are you a maker running your own business? Do you love it but sometimes miss going out for drinks with your colleagues? Then you've come to the right place. In this podcast, you'll get to meet a maker on each episode as we chat over a cocktail or mocktail. You'll hear about different business models, the challenges and joys of running your own business, and you'll learn about many different kinds of making. I'm your host, Sara-Jayne Slocombe, and I provide bookkeeping for makers and artisans, but in this series the spotlight's on having fun and getting to know each other. Relax and join us!

Cocktails & Chat | Meet the Maker Sara Jayne Slocombe AICB

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Are you a maker running your own business? Do you love it but sometimes miss going out for drinks with your colleagues? Then you've come to the right place. In this podcast, you'll get to meet a maker on each episode as we chat over a cocktail or mocktail. You'll hear about different business models, the challenges and joys of running your own business, and you'll learn about many different kinds of making. I'm your host, Sara-Jayne Slocombe, and I provide bookkeeping for makers and artisans, but in this series the spotlight's on having fun and getting to know each other. Relax and join us!

    Getting to know The Dye Wizard Sophie Abell of The Stitchy Ferret | CCs01e06

    Getting to know The Dye Wizard Sophie Abell of The Stitchy Ferret | CCs01e06

    Join Sophie Abell, The Dye Wizard of The Stitchy Ferret, and me. We chatted about cocktails, business, dyeing fabrics and more, balancing the demands of family and business, and her exciting new projects and plans!



    It was such a delight to chat with Sophie. I learned a lot about her craft and journey, and I just loved getting to know her. I hope you do, too!



    Highlights in this episode include:

    🧙 Tips for making time for your business with an active toddler on hand

    🧙 The importance of running a values-led business

    🧙 The importance of building a community to have a good sounding board

    🧙 Some thoughts on the practicalities of transitioning your following from buying on Etsy to buying from your own website



    This is episode 6 of my Cocktails & Chat series, a community-building project for makers and artisans to share the highs and lows of business and making and make it a bit less lonely. For more community, do join my Facebook group Handmade Business Club UK.



    The Stitchy Ferret on Instagram



    The Stitchy Ferret's Website



    The Stitchy Ferret on Facebook



    The Stitchy Ferret's Crafty Corner Facebook group



    Ferret Dyeworks on Instagram



    Ferret Dyeworks Website



    Sophie's Patreon



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    • 1 hr 13 min
    How to get better nutrition so you have more energy with Louise Lewis | CCs01e05

    How to get better nutrition so you have more energy with Louise Lewis | CCs01e05

    Listen in to some brilliant insights from Louise Lewis, Nutritionist, as the first guest expert on this show designed to build community among makers & artisans. She shared some top tips for getting better nutrition without spending hours in the kitchen every day, her favourite health podcast, what she loves about being in business for herself, what she finds challenging, the importance of role models, and more.



    The scientist in me delights at the way Louise provides individual nutrition plans based on testing hormones, gut health, and more. Her goal is to help you have enough energy to do what you want. That could be having enough energy to play with your small children daily, join a wild swimming club at the weekends, or even simply stop falling asleep on the sofa at 8 pm every night. I know that hubby & I have had much more energy since revamping our diet in 2019 to be more nutritious (and to successfully avoid the statins the GP wanted to give hubby). So, I'm now a firm believer in the power of better nutrition and how it can have some surprising ripple effects. 



    Highlights include:


    0:00 - Intro
    1:44 - Tonight's drinks: Louise loves her teas
    3:12 - Introducing Louise and her holistic view of nutrition
    5:39 - Louise's maker hobbies
    7:25 - How Louise got started in nutrition and her business
    9:45 - Louise's thoughts on how to find role models for entrepreneurship
    11:33 - Louise's 3 top tips for how to get better nutrition whilst being time poor
    17:10 - What would Louise outsource in her business?
    18:17 - Louise's thoughts on low-calorie and low-carb diets
    21:01 - A few thoughts on choosing alternative kinds of pasta
    23:10 - Can better nutrition help with period health, perimenopause, and menopause?
    26:14 - Louise's most and least favourite things about running a business
    28:28 - Louise's favourite underrated tool
    30:30 - Favourite podcasts
    32:52 - What we've learned lately and what we want to learn
    36:13 - Louise's 12-week De-Stress Method
    38:03 - How do you know when a work is finished?



    Connect with Louise:

    Website

    Instagram

    LinkedIn

    Facebook

    YouTube



    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    Dr Rangan Chatterjee's health podcast "Feel Better, Live More"

    Helen Pritchard - Get leads from LinkedIn



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    • 42 min
    Being yourself, running your own business, and horses with Chelle Mullen of Storm and Grace | CCs01e04

    Being yourself, running your own business, and horses with Chelle Mullen of Storm and Grace | CCs01e04

    Jeweller Chelle Mullen of Storm and Grace and I chatted about all things jewellery, business, horses (and cats and raccoons), eco-consciousness, and gin.

    Highlights include:


    1:05 – Introducing Chelle
    3:07 – Tonight’s cocktail – Horse’s Neck
    4:13 – Who is Chelle, what does she do, and how did she get started?
    5:59 – The joy of running her own business
    6:35 – Top tip for jewellery care
    7:45 – A common myth about jewellery making
    8:31 – How do you go from a lump of silver out of the ground to a ring?
    10:14 – Chelle’s most underrated tool in the workshop
    12:03 – More of Chelle’s thoughts on starting and running her own business
    15:15 – Top choice for outsourcing
    16:38 – Chelle’s horses (and one semi-tame squirrel)
    20:27 – Inspiration for new makes and how the commissioning process works
    22:19 – Our favourite pieces
    24:47 – Chelle’s top tip for planning without overwhelm
    27:03 – Top tip for an easy way to begin being eco-conscious in your business
    28:29 – Music that gets us pumped up and going
    29:58 – It’s okay to be yourself!
    32:12 – Chelle’s upcoming plans and where to find her online
    33:29 – How do you know when a work is finished?




    Chelle's Website: https://www.stormandgrace.co.uk/jewellery/ 
    Chelle's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/storm.and.grace/  

    Resources mentioned: 


    The Design Trust planner: https://www.thedesigntrust.co.uk/online-course/the-design-trust-diary-planner-2022/  
    Alex Boyé's music: https://www.youtube.com/c/AlexBoyeReal
    Raccoons Hourly on Twitter: https://twitter.com/raccoonhourly

    This is part of my community-building 🥂 Cocktails & Chat podcast and Instagram Live series. The idea is to kick back, relax, get to know your fellow makers, and realise you're not alone. 🤝 For more community, join my Facebook group Handmade Business Club UK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/handmadebusinessclubuk⁠

    Full show notes: 

    https://www.amethystraccoon.co.uk/cc4/


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    • 37 min
    Candle science and the ups and downs of running a handmade business with Krista Mansfield of Crystabelles | CCs01e03

    Candle science and the ups and downs of running a handmade business with Krista Mansfield of Crystabelles | CCs01e03

    Krista of Crystabelles and I had a lovely chat about all things candles, business, community, and a little bit about weddings! She makes exquisitely scented luxury soy wax candles with crystals. She carefully matches each scent to a crystal so they work together in perfect harmony.  


    2:02 - Why are they called cocktails? 
    3:23 - Introducing Krista 
    6:22 - Why candles & crystals? 
    8:12 - Parrafin wax vs soy wax - candle science! 
    13:20 - A candle's top notes, middle notes, and base notes - more candle science! 
    15:51 - The attraction of running her own business 
    17:23 - Krista's goals & plans for 2022 
    19:26 - Translating abstract concepts into scents 
    20:35 - The surprising requirements for legal and quality candlemaking 
    22:57 - Finding non-toxic scents for personal candlemaking 
    25:13 - Krista's favourite and least favourite parts of running a handmade business 
    28:23 - Favourite crystals and organising them 
    31:08 - Krista's wedding excitement 
    33:05 - Favourite places 
    34:06 - The importance of a network of business buddies 
    36:26 - Podcasts for entrepreneurs 
    36:55 - Krista's exciting new plans! 
    38:37 - How do you know when a work is finished?  

    Website https://crystabelles.com/ 

    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/crystabelles/ 

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Crystabelles1  

    Entrepreneurs Growth Club Podcast: https://theentrepreneursgrowthclubpodcast.podbean.com/  

    Entrepreneurs Growth Club Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/theentrepreneursgrowthclub  

    It was so nice to chat about all things business with a fellow entrepreneur; it was world-changing for me when I found Entrepreneur Land and started spending time around others who get the back story and context without my having to explain it. This series is part of my effort to build a community specifically for makers and artisans, so they get that same joy and sense of belonging. Do join in - with these live chats and with the Facebook group Handmade Business Club UK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/handmadebusinessclubuk

    See you soon!

    Full show notes at https://www.amethystraccoon.com/cc3/


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    • 40 min
    Supporting a spouse in business with Chris Page | CCs01e02

    Supporting a spouse in business with Chris Page | CCs01e02

    Listen to the Christmas episode of my new fortnightly Instagram Live podcast series! Christmas is all about family, so I chatted with my husband Chris, Technomage and hobby woodworker, about business, supporting someone in business, making, and Christmas over some favourite beverages. We both asked each other questions, so you get to know me a little in this episode, too.

    Chris has made some beautiful things in his woodworking adventures, which started some three decades ago. He carves, builds, turns, and more. In his day job, he works with computers.

    Highlights of this episode include:


    1:21 - Introducing Chris
    4:13 - Introducing me (Sara-Jayne) and my business
    6:32 - The most rewarding and hardest parts of my business
    7:55 - A common myth about woodworking
    9:41 - Supporting a spouse who's running their own business
    11:38 - Our chosen superpowers
    13:41 - Chris' favourite woodworking tools
    15:38 - Fun books & films
    18:08 - Building a community of makers & artisans
    19:23 - Chris' current project
    21:02 - The legacies we hope to leave
    22:34 - Finishing a work

    Full show notes are at https://www.amethystraccoon.com/cc2/


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    • 25 min
    The importance of community with Tori Brewster and Niki Swinson | CCs01e01

    The importance of community with Tori Brewster and Niki Swinson | CCs01e01

    Join Tori, Niki, and me for the first episode of Cocktails & Chat, a live podcast designed to promote community in the UK maker sector.  

    Tori Brewster is The Diaper Cake Diva, on Instagram @diapercakesbytori. She makes the most fantastic centrepieces and souvenirs for this special time in life. Many recipients of her work keep the outer frames as souvenirs after removing the diapers, and I can see why!  

    Niki Swinson is The Sweary Crystal Lady, on Instagram @magikal_echoes. She makes crystal grids, provides crystal healing, and facilitates several networking groups both in person and online. A woman of many talents!  

    Highlights of this episode include: 


    6:58 How Tori started on her journey to becoming The Diaper Cake Diva  
    9:13 How Niki started building her networking groups and how she pushed herself to do public speaking  
    14:45 Sara-Jayne's love of storytelling  
    16:35 Who we talk to when working through problems in our work  
    19:46 Some great resources that have helped us in our businesses  
    23:59 Our thoughts on advent calendars and Christmas sweets  
    31:56 Projects in the works: Tori's new Diaper Cake Diva Club, and Niki's new accredited courses on crystals and reiki 
    34:27 Crystals!  
    41:57 How to know when a work is finished  

    Tori's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/diapercakesbytori/ 

    Tori's newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/b7fde705e312/diaper-cake-diva-club 

    Niki's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/magikal_echoes/ 

    Niki's website: https://www.magikalechoes.co.uk/ 

    Join us having a laugh and an honest discussion about the highs and challenges of business! This is part of my community-building 🥂 Cocktails & Chat Instagram Live series. The idea is to kick back, relax, get to know your fellow makers, and realise you're not alone. 🤝 For more community, join my Facebook group Handmade Business Club UK:⁠ https://www.facebook.com/groups/handmadebusinessclubuk⁠ 

    Full show notes: https://www.amethystraccoon.com/cc1/


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    • 47 min

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