In the February issue of Bustle & Sew Magazine we were delighted to feature Sharon from Box Room Bazaar. Sharon lives in a cottage in central England with her husband, two teenage daughters and their rescue dogs Tia and Archie. She works part time as a teaching assistant in a nearby primary school and whilst it’s a job she loves, her Etsy shop takes up more time with each month that goes and Sharon loves every moment of it! She’s a huge animal lover and animals are a common theme in her textile art.
We asked Sharon what the best thing about having her own business is – she told us;
‘I don’t have a creative background in that I haven’t any qualifications in art or design but I love being creative – my business allows me to do every day. What started out as a hobby has now turned into a viable business – I never dreamt that could happen. I have a part time job as a teaching assistant at a local primary school. My employers have kindly let me reduce my hours to just three mornings a week so I still get to do a job I love and have the company and friendship of work colleagues but I then get two days a week where I can dedicate all of my time to painting, sewing and concentrating on my shop – I call these my ‘Etsy days’.’
Sharon also told us about where she finds her creative inspiration…
‘In all sorts of places! I’m a hoarder when it comes to fabric and buttons and have to be very strict with myself when visiting my favourite fabric shop – but a packet of buttons or a piece of fabric can inspire me to make a particular picture. I’m also an avid reader of home decor magazines so whilst I’m not someone who makes something just because it’s ‘on trend’ I might make the exception of its something I fancy having a go at – for example I recently made a flamingo hoop and thoroughly enjoyed doing so!’
The full interview is in the February issue of Bustle & Sew Magazine.