Get to Know Me

Hello! I realised I haven’t officially introduced myself. So I thought I would make a little post telling you more about who I am!

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Let’s start with the basics…
What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Kerri-Ann Hulme and I’m from a small town in the North-West of England called Widnes. Four years ago I leapt into the unknown, leaving my family and friends for a new life and career in Northamptonshire.

What do you do?
By day I work as a designer in children’s book publishing, which is amazing and super fun. In my spare time I concentrate on my love and passion of creating and drawing, as it’s my dream to run my own successful business. I’m looking to fill a niche with my own unique style and ideas.

What inspires your work?
I have always loved Beatrix Potter, her ability to draw animals and nature is simply amazing. Not everyone realises, but she didn’t just create her animal characters, she also drew beautiful landscapes and still life. Other illustrators that inspire me are Inga Moore and Jill Barklem. Their work is all about tiny details, I could look at their illustrations for hours and always find something I’ve missed.

I take inspiration from everywhere and some businesses that I look up to and aspire to be like are Belle & Boo and Peony & Sage, their products and success is really motivating and inspiring.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
2022 sounds so far into the future, not just 5 years! I really want to be earning a decent wage from my small business, potentially having decreased my day job hours to make more time for creating and selling. I also want to have a mortgage and be living in my own home, not rented! I really want to give YouTube a go, so maybe a successful channel in 5 years? Is that too ambitious?

Quick fire favourites:

Book – Harry Potter
Movie – You’ve Got Mail
Food – Italian
Colour – Green
Drink – Pepsi Max or Elderflower Cordial
Holiday – New York
TV Show – Gilmore Girls

I’d love to get to know you, too! Why not introduce yourself in the comments?

Podcasts

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Podcasts have been around for years and back in the day I would spend hours listening to Harry Potter related casts on my old school iPod. ‘Mugglecast’ was the best by far with chapter by chapter run throughs and theories about how it all would end…

I have recently rediscovered Podcasts and oh, how they have grown!

My new favourite is ‘At Home With…’ by Anna Newton and Lily Pebbles. The interview takes place in the guest’s home, which makes it feel really personal and if you’re nosey like me, super interesting! Both ladies are really lovely and I found myself completely engrossed. It really is perfect listening for when you need some background noise and I wholeheartedly recommend that you give them a listen!

Another podcast I have recently stumbled across is Me & Orla, she talks a lot about small businesses and social media advice. As someone who is new to the world of small businesses, I have found her podcasts very informative and extremely helpful. Her website and blog are equally as good and definitely worth checking out.

Have you discovered any standout podcasts? Share them in the comments!

Thirty

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I will be 30 years old in November, how scary! People always say that when you’re 30, you’ll have all your ‘shit together’ and you’ll know who you are and what you want. Unfortunately for me, this isn’t the case!

I decided to set myself 10 goals that will hopefully make the transition from 20’s to 30’s a lot easier and with a sense of accomplishment.

  1. Lose 1.5 stone by making the gym a habit and eating healthily.
  2. Have my small business Radish and Rose up and running. Creating and selling.
  3. Start saving for a house deposit (I realise I should have started this a long time ago!)
  4. Read 5 books.
  5. See friends more and make more time to do exciting things.
  6. Figure out a skin care routine that works. (Any help with this one?)
  7. Run 5k.
  8. Travel (even if it’s just in the UK.)
  9. Stop being a hermit and learn to say yes.
  10. Be comfortable in my own skin and being alone.

Do you have any advice to share? Leave a comment!

Hello June

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I can’t believe it’s June already. Summer is definitely upon us with the warm, humid days and sticky nights. I wanted to write this post to reflect on what I’ve achieved so far this year and to see if I achieved any goals that I set out in January.

1. I am going to try and stop worrying about my future, personally and professionally.

I’m a worrier, so the worrying will never stop, but I definitely feel like I’ve started to make a difference to my future. I’m saving for a house deposit, I’ve made a start on my new business Radish & Rose and I also got promoted in my day job, designing children’s books.

2. I also want to start taking proper care of myself, both physically and mentally.

This week I joined the gym! I cancelled my Slimming World membership as this time around it wasn’t working for me. I need more exercise and the brand new gym opening 2 minutes from my flat seemed perfect. My mental health isn’t as great as my physical, but that’s something on-going.

3. I want to achieve some creative goals, by drawing, sewing and reading more.

This year I have made two skirts that actually fit and are wearable! All thanks to Tilly & the Buttons wonderful patterns and online workshops. I’ve been drawing lots of exciting things for Radish & Rose and actually reading every night before I go to sleep.

Did you set any goals for 2017? Why not have a look back over the last 6 months and see how you’re getting on? It’s been really helpful to see where I need to focus more of my energy and where I’m doing well.

Designing Fabric

Exciting news! I finally had some fabric printed using my own illustrations. I’ve been wanting to do it for years and thought Radish & Rose was an excellent excuse to give it a go. I decided on two of my smaller rabbit drawings and uploaded them to Woven Monkey, where you can also choose the type of fabric you would like your design printed on to. I went for the 309gsm half panama cotton, which isn’t quite linen thickness but a better quality than your standard cotton.

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I’m so excited to get making lots of lovely products using my own fabric, I think it will help them to be extra special and unique. I also can’t wait to get designing some more fabric!

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Kirstie Allsopp’s ‘The Handmade Fair’

This weekend me, Lisa and Emma went to Ragley Hall for ‘The Handmade Fair’ by Kirstie Allsopp. Sunday was hosted by Sewing Bee judge Patrick Grant, we had a little fangirl moment when we saw him, but sadly didn’t get any photos!

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We had a couple of workshops booked and a ticket to see a Mollie Makes ‘mash-up’, but we arrived a little late and ended up missing our block printing class. We didn’t really mind so we had a wander around the shopping tent. It was super busy and full of amazing little crafty stores. There was homeware, hand painted trinkets, knitting/crochet kits, lots of handmade jewellery, Belle & Boo were there too!

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I bought my own calligraphy pen with ink and a heart stamper with pretty coloured ink pads. There were so many gorgeous things I wanted and it was very hard stopping myself from buying everything!

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We chose to go to the modern calligraphy workshop run by Lauren Cooper of ‘Oh Wonder Calligraphy’. She was super lovely and took us through all of the basics, from holding the pen to what paper to use. It was definitely the highlight of the day and I’ve got a lovely black ink stain on my index finger as a reminder! Look out for lots of shaky, wobbly calligraphy coming, it’s so fun and relaxing to do.

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There were a few tents dotted around with open studios inside, including ‘Oh Wonder Calligraphy’ and ‘de Winton Paper co’. Unfortunately, we didn’t get chance to chat with them, but I did spend some time looking at their tables full of wonderful watercolours and beautiful calligraphy. I’m feeling very inspired!

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There were tonnes of delicious smelling food stalls, from paella to nutella crepes, but we decided on some stone baked pizza. It was amazing. I just wish there were as many craft stalls as there were food ones!

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Radish & Rose

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It has always been my dream to make a living selling my illustrations. I tried to go down the route of freelancing, but it didn’t work for me and I preferred working in children’s publishing. It was only January this year that I thought I would like to start a small business as well as my full time job, so I got researching, planning and the fun part of creating content

The past 4 months has been a learning curve in the ways of small businesses and I’m by no means there yet. I’ve found it extremely hard to not compare myself with others on Instagram, Twitter and Etsy. There are illustrators that I have followed for years doing exactly what I want to do. They make it look so easy, though I know it definitely is not!

I can’t wait to officially open my shop, it’s super exciting but absolutely terrifying! I would love for you to come along with me on my business journey and keep updated. If you have any hints, tips or general advice on starting a small business, I’m all ears! Please leave a comment below and follow Radish & Rose on Facebook and Instagram.