Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #27, FluffyDuck
We’re now back from a welcome week off to talk to Lucy from FluffyDuck, who tells us more about her beautiful handmade cards in our latest CraftBritannia Shop of the Week interview.
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
Having a full time job means that my craft work is usually crammed into any spare time I find, but when I’m not working or doing Etsy things, I like playing computer games. In fact, sometimes it’s a hard balance between crafting and gaming – I find some games so enthralling that before I know it, I’ve spent four hours battling dragons in Skyrim and those new card designs I was planning on doing have not materialised!
But for the last few months, much of my spare time has been spent organising and making things for my wedding, which is only a couple of weeks away now! We are embracing handmade and DIY – I bought a gorgeous tiara off Etsy, made all my invitations and place settings, with the help of my mom and sister have made 100m of bunting, have family members baking cakes and will be making all the decorations and bouquets using foraged greenery and flowers…so not much spare time at the moment!
What was the first piece you ever sold?
I’m not quite sure! I first started selling my cards via an online shop based in Scotland. I used to make a whole bunch of cards and send them to their warehouse and a couple of weeks later they would appear online. I didn’t think any had sold, but then I got an email listing all my sales over the past few months and the money appeared in my bank account. It was such a great feeling knowing that the cards I had designed and made myself was liked so much that people had bought them and not only that, my cards were now sitting on people’s mantelpieces and window sills around the world.
What advice would you give someone taking up your craft for the first time?
Well the main warning is that there are a LOT of card makers out there and only a very small price window in which you can sell, so don’t expect to make any money! Secondly, is that once you start making and giving cards for friend and family birthdays, then there is an expectation that they will always receive a handmade card – so turning up with a shop bought one looks really bad!! But all that aside, card making is a craft with so many creative options and requires no specialist skill other than creativity (and a tolerance of paper cuts), so just get hold of some good quality card and paper and have a go.
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
I’ve always wanted to be better at illustration and drawing. I have ideas in my head, but never really seem to have the time to try them out. I bought some promarker pens last year, but have yet to use them for anything more than colouring-in, so would love to learn how to use them properly. I’d also love to get into Letterpress printing, but I think that might have to wait until I get a bigger studio!
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
Without doubt it’s my guillotine – I can’t remember how I used to manage without it! Cutting with scissors just isn’t the same, as you don’t get that crisp, precise edge.
Tell us about what inspires and motivates you
I first got into making cards after I was given a card-making kit as a present when I was a student. At first I saw it as a cheaper alternative to buying shop bought cards, but as I got into it I found it hard to resist buying different papers and materials and now I have stacks of stuff that probably cost far more than the equivalent in shop bought cards! I think today I simply make cards to be creative. My day job can be quite stressful and bureaucratic, so being able to come home and play with wonderful materials and make something unique is what drives me now.
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
When I was a child I had a lot of shop bought teddies and soft toys. Then, one birthday, I was given this knitted, purple teddy and because he was knitted and clearly handmade, I didn’t like him and I treated him like a second-class teddy.
None of my siblings liked him either and it used to be a running joke to hide purple teddy in each other’s belongings because no one wanted him near them. Then, when I was eight my sister went off to university and I stuffed purple teddy in her suitcase – the ultimate hide as she’d have to put up with him the entire term! But after she had come home for a weekend I found that she had hid him in my bedroom and so it continued, each time she left we’d take it in turns to hide him. It became such a tradition that by the end of it, purple teddy probably ended up with more attention than any of my other toys!
Unfortunately there is no happy ending to this story – purple teddy is lost! But whilst he was never loved, his memory lives on and it’s a memory that I will always treasure.
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
In the New Year I plan to branch out into wedding stationary. Its been on the horizon for a long time, but once my own wedding and the Christmas rush is out the way, I will be ready to dive into this ultra competitive market. Having experienced first hand some of the extortionate prices that people charge for anything to do with a wedding, I hope to offer an affordable range, which is still special and unique.
Thank you Lucy! Your range of handmade cards are gorgeous and great that purple teddy lives on in stories!
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