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Sunday, February 06, 2011
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
There is something truly magical about autumn more than any other season I think, where the cold meets the warmth of the sun and brings out a rainbow of colours. A long walk through a local wood wrapped up in woolies and boots followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows. Can't beat it.
Posted by Karen Jinks at 7:09 am
Thursday, October 07, 2010
I do like this last one though, dark and spooky ;)
Posted by Karen Jinks at 2:30 pm
Monday, October 04, 2010
...that keep me sane when the workload looks like it is going to engulf me...
Posted by Karen Jinks at 7:06 pm
Saturday, July 17, 2010
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Friday, July 16, 2010
We are also running a fun competition to create something beautiful out of something worthless - enter the trash to treasure upcycling competition and win a whopping £200! Get creative and good luck!
Posted by Karen Jinks at 7:57 pm
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
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Monday, July 12, 2010
I spent many an hour rifling through my nan's button tin when I was little, it was an old rectangular battered metal tin and it made a really satisfying noise to just run my hands through the buttons. I would empty them out, sort them into type and colour and put them all back again. Who needs Barbie's and playstations and all the childish entrapments of modern life when you have a tin of buttons? Children today just don't know what they are missing out on. Actually my kids do. Both of them love going through my boxes of beads and buttons and feathers and all manner of crafty stuff. My other half thinks I just love to hoard junk. But then I think his love of bicycles along with his boxes of weird mechanical bits and bobs, and the mysterious parcels that turn up through the post suggests he understands it more than he would be prepared to let on.
Posted by Karen Jinks at 2:19 pm
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
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Monday, June 07, 2010
I'm here, still buried in UK Handmade and all my other jobs, but although I am missing producing my own artwork I am enjoying being busy and productive. We have recently taken the very scary step of turning UK Handmade into a Social Enterprise LTD Company. Sounds very grand doesn't it. Thankfully I share this responsibility with fellow Directors Anna Stassen and Kirsten Miller and we have taken on more core team members so things are definitely looking up.
Of course this has meant more time organising the new team and coming up with new ideas and plans for all aspects of the business - it's amazing how much of my time is spent in skype meetings and emailing! I have also taken on a part time role working as online marketing consultant for http://www.makers-online.co.uk/ where I am putting all my years of experience in retail and marketing into practice by writing articles and features for their main company blog and the community blog. It's all a lot of fun and it's giving me more incentive to get my own little business a badly needed update and to just spend a bit of time doodling.
In the meantime I will just have to console myself taking lots of new flower photos now that spring has finally taken hold. These photos are from the cherry tree in my front garden - a real charge of pink hit you every morning when stepping onto the landing and although they have gone now I have one of these photos in my studio to lift me when I'm feeling the pressure of work. Colour like this is the best kind of therapy.
Posted by Karen Jinks at 7:07 pm
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
At last I have something to show you - the Spring Edition of UK Handmade Magazine is finally finished and ready to read over on the website http://www.ukhandmade.co.uk/ . My deputy editor Anna has taken over fully as editor leaving me now free to concentrate on developing the website and lots of other fun projects we have planned. Maybe I can now find a bit of time to do some painting too, I really miss making a mess! Oh and I have spent the weekend building new furniture in my studio and putting up shelves etc - just got to put all my stuff back in and it might be the motivation I need to get those paint brushes out. I will post pictures when it's finished; with the weather getting sunnier I am feeling more relaxed and productive.
Posted by Karen Jinks at 8:16 pm
Friday, March 12, 2010
Well don't ask me where February went, I have absolutely no idea. Just after writing my last post I lit a fuse that exploded in such a way I never thought I would recover from the fallout lol - yes I'm being melodramatic and no it's nothing bad. All good, very good in fact.
2010 started with good positive vibes, I don't know why, I just had a good feeling about this year. Then I thought I really needed to ask for help with ukhandmade and take the pressure off me a little to concentrate on my new found confidence and do lots of pretty artwork for my business. What I didn't anticipate was the people who responded to my plea for help would have such energy and enthusiasm for what we are doing at ukhandmade that they have pushed us further in a short 6 weeks than we had done in the last 12 months. I can't go into details yet but it has forced me into rebuilding the website quicker than I had anticipated ready for all the new ideas and increased amount of traffic we will hopefully get as a result. Overwhelmed is not the word. I always knew we had something pretty special at ukhandmade, more than just a well designed magazine promoting the huge amount of talent we have here in the UK but also it has picked up on a wave of feeling that things need to change in our day to day lives, something that people are responding to in such a way I wasn't really prepared for. I suddenly feel humbled and honoured and scared and responsible for something a lot bigger than me but much more than that I am excited. I have butterflies in my tum on a daily basis and I haven't felt like that for years.
Hopefully things will settle down and I can find some me time soon, the ideas for chalk hill are piling up inside my head and it's all getting a bit crowded in there!
Posted by Karen Jinks at 12:24 pm
Monday, January 18, 2010
I was having a clear out my 'office' this morning; old paper work, clearing out folders, chucking out old catalogues, you know the kind of thing and I stumbled across papers dated 2000. It took a while for the cogs to slot into place but when they did it was like a lightning bolt. I have been in business a whopping 10 years. 10 years!
So why do I feel like I've only just started out? Has it really taken me that long to find my feet? It's not that I'm inexperienced - the first 5 years I ran a successful wedding and bespoke design business but it's a massive step to go from selling commercial work to selling your own and I never truely appreciated just how long that would take me. (Add to the mix 2 children and 2 house moves along the way and very little sleep.)
2010 has started feeling truely like a new start. I feel like I have done all the ground work, made all the mistakes, tried and tested and tried and tested and thought and talked and analysed myself to death and now I am where I want to be.
All that is left is to create and create and to put all my experience and new found confidence into practice.
(And cross my fingers and close my eyes and sprinkle a little fairy dust to help things along a bit.)
Posted by Karen Jinks at 7:20 pm