Tell us a bit about who you are and what you do.
My name is Ellie and I design and make a range of jewellery and accessories. I have recently started selling them under the name Room Eleven on Folksy.
What made you start?
I have always been crafting in one way or another. I was that typical Blue Peter kid who got stuck to plastic yoghurt pots with PVA glue whilst making a bird seed feeder or some other highly advanced project. But the jewellery making only began about a year ago, when I had to spend some time in hospital. One of the nurses showed me some basic beading techniques and I was immediately hooked. I found beading to be one of the few ways available to cure my crippling boredom!
What do you want your business to grow into?
My 'business' still feels like a hobby more than anything right now. This whole project is very much in it's infancy. But I believe that's how good projects begin and am hoping for it to continue to grow and take me in different directions. Already, it has been a massive learning curve.
Do you prefer handmade or high street?
Handmade all the way! There is nothing better than buying something that has been carefully made by somebody else. The amount of mass produced, uniform, uninspiring things you see on the high street makes me genuinely sad. Handmade provides an alternative to this which I hope more people will come to embrace.
If money was no object, What item would you buy "just because you can"?
Probably a house! With a craft room where I could spend my days beading to my hearts content.
What's your "secret vice"?
I recently started watching the drama series 'Mad Men' and I think it should come with a warning label about it's addictiveness. It's getting to the point where I could easily watch three or four episodes back to back. Somebody save me from myself!
One thing you wouldn't tell your parents?
Shhhhhh. I can't tell you that!
And finally, What's you idea of a perfect Sunday?
My perfect Sunday would be lazy and relaxing, involving good food, good company and lots of crafting
My blog: http://roomelevenblog.blogspot.com/