Here you will learn more about my Handmade online businesses specialising in Bath & Body and Jewellery.

You will also hear a little about Hancox Homestead our family business and our adventures of living on a hobby farm and setting up a Golf Driving Range.

Thanks for taking the time to sit, read and share with me and my family.

Warmest wishes to all, Helen & Family.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My first online Birthday is coming up

I can't believe where the time has gone, we are into November already and the end of this month sees my first online Birthday!  When I first started out with online selling, I didn't really have a clue what I was doing, and having high hormones as I was heavily pregnant didn't help.  I am happy to say that both my babies are growing into complete darlings!

It's hard not to get demotivated and feel rather lack luster about online selling.  If I had known then what I know now springs to mind alot and I really wish I had of had friends that were doing similar ventures so that I could of emailed or rang them for help, instead of sitting shouting at the PC and tearing my hair out!

Happily I have met so many kind, talented artists and realised at one time or another we all want and feel the same.  Whilst there are many that spring to mind; I would like to name a few that I class as friends who always have a cheery word and pom poms at the ready when I need a little cheering on;

Heather at The Pine Cone Tea Cup, who has made my family shed tears with her custom designed quilt!


Elfie at Painting from the Heart, always with words of encouragement and virtual hugs!


Eileen at Painting by Eileen who always has a positive outlook and shares her awesome wildlife pics!

Donna at Threads of Magique who I enjoy having little chats with, a very interesting lady who recently started a new venture herself.

Melinda at Just Scraps and Things has done me some wonderful custom cards and bag toppers and is just a lovely person; 

And last but not least is Amber aka Mommy the Marketer and also Tate Skye Designs who's blogs, advice  have just been a super help to me to make things alot clearer!


Also in a year I am happy to say I have improved my photography and kissed goodbye to my homespun beloved checked background.
Run, run as fast as you can......

It took me days to set up this blog page and in minutes I type this, but I am disappointed that my blog gets left out~alot!  Facebook you can catch me on daily, it is all about priority and balance; something I have not yet perfected although it has come along way in a year!

I am busy gearing up for Christmas adding listings to My two Etsy shops, Zibbet and Artfire studios and still working on setting up our Driving Range which we plan to open to the public the end of next May.  I should really blog more often to keep connected to you all and whilst I may not send a like or a note on a daily basis, you are all appreciated and got me to my First online Birthday~Thank you one and all!


  1. What a great post! What you say is so very true. Sometimes you find yourself saying: Why do we do this?; if only I knew; Why didn't I think of that?; What was I thinking?; If I would've known it would take that long; etc...

    In the long run, the people are so much fun to get to know and doing our craft is such a stress reliever to our busy lives.

    Happy Etsy-versary and it's been so much fun getting to know you and working with you.

  2. Thank you for your sweet words! You are doing great and have come so far! What a great year to look back on;)

  3. Hey Doll!! what would I do with out you! I consider you a friend too, and one I'm so happy to have!!! Happy online birthday my friend!! I wish I were closer, we'd throw a party!

  4. Thanks so much kind lady and you have been there for me too. Heather and you have been wonderful to me and helped me through a very rough and anxious summer, I thank the Lord above for so many of you who have been there for me! Now I have to do something with my neglected blog. Thanks and hugs Helen!! :))

  5. Thank you ladies for your comments and continued support, you are all wonderful! <3