Continuing the series, let’s see what I was blogging about every March since 2008!
March 2008 is when I opened my Etsy shop with some doubts but here I am 11 years and 4500+ sales later! How rubbish does the 2008 site design look now? I was in my first days of self-employment so obviously made a dress out of a pillowcase and then wrote a tutorial. I also made some keyrings with webbing I bought in Japan (I still use mine) and found some incredible charity shop bargains up north.
March 2010 had the big announcement that I was designing some rain boots for Plueys and I continued the shoe news with my vintage button Keds from Zazzle (both of which I still wear). I designed a new badge set with the first Bumblebee & Tulip and some new fabric patterns. And I just re-read this post about creating a special Illustrator palette and matching fabric swatch for safe colours to use for Spoonflower design and thank goodness it’s all so much easier now. Also I still sell a lot of that polka dot palette pattern – I guess people like the randomness.
March 2011 has me celebrating my 3 year freelanciversary and, less enjoyably, cutting my hand open. I designed more badge sets, got some great birthday presents and showed you what’s in my bag (I still have the same keyring and hat). I also shared some good advice blog posts and most of them are still online and extremely relevant so go and have a read.
March 2012 was a big month for travel blogging – I have a series of 5 posts from a trip up north and to Edinburgh. My only new product seems to be these Pancake & Egg notepads but I shared some cute makes from people who bought my Spoonflower fabric. I drew my birthday outfit and who remembers the Draw Something app? They should bring that back now that many of us have iPads and Apple Pencils.
March 2013 has 2 of my all-time favourite DIYS, adding vintage map decals to my IKEA unit and my type drawer of tiny things. I also launched my Meal Planner notepads, little knowing they’d still be a best seller 6 years later, and shared some super cute doll clothes made with my fabric.
March 2015 has some house stuff too as I set up a sewing area (and I’m now feeling very motivated to reclaim that part of the room from all the empty boxes and charity shop donations currently cluttering it up) and I also had a fun birthday. I shared an introductory guide to selling on-demand + a comparison guide to all the different sites – this whole series is still worth a read. New designs included my updated Busy Bee Organisers, a free printable Easter garland and a paper cut Sunflower card for my mum.
March 2016 was 2 months before my big Japan holiday so I was busy planning my trip and writing a new guide book. I also launched my Glow in the Dark Ghost brooches – a bit surprises as I would have sworn they were much older! Also new – and now gone – Afternoon Tea coin purses.
March 2017 is full of springtime cuteness: a Lucky Clover paper craft tutorial, two Easter patterns and my new mantelpiece display. I also took part in March Meet The Maker for the first time and sewed up a daffodil brooch, plus a birthday trip to Edinburgh (staying in a book-themed hotel).
March 2018 was my second year of March Meet The Maker and I expanded some of the prompts to share how I make my Little Ghost brooches and my favourite blogs. I also previewed my new Kawaii Skies gift wrap and got the first mail deliveries for the Surprise Mail Swap. Most excitingly, I booked the flights for our next Japan trip.
If you’re reading this in the future, you can also check out all my posts for March 2019.