The people who inspire you can be from your childhood, work life or somewhere in between.
Another donkey design is the brainchild of my dear school friend Kate Pereira, who has always had a penchant for detail, a talented eye for photography, and lately, a fabulash hand for cards.
Kate’s dedication to her craft and building a social media presence – in between her job, her cute son Ollie and his swimming lessons – is nothing short of blogworthy.
Describe yourself in three words.
Smiley, detailed and silly.
What are you passionate about?
First and foremost: my family and friends. After that – I love photography, architecture, travelling, and making.
Do or don’t you do the social media thing?
How did you find yourself in the land of Twitter?
I resisted for a long time because I didn’t get it (I still don’t 100% get it), but then I heard one of my favourite blogs, Calico and Co, tweeted a lot so I thought I would check it out. I was also encouraged by Sarah and my brother who are both prolific tweeters.
Do you have any other social media involvement?
I try and blog regularly – until nine months ago I had never really heard of blogs – then I decided to have one of my own! Lately my blog posting has been a little slack due to a bit of pressure from my 9-5 job, but I am trying to get back into it. I am just slightly (OK, a lot) addicted to Facebook. I have both a personal page (which I don’t really use) and a business page which I try to post to at least a couple of times a day. Facebook is probably my preferred method of social media. I could spend hours getting lost in there. I like the pictures (I sound like a five year old) and being able to comment, see comments, get comments. it’s all about the comments and involvement. I find it a bit more personal than Twitter.
What are you currently playing with in the social media sandpit?
How did you get where you are today?
I was a bit of a nerd at school, I travelled, I studied architecture at uni then decided I wasn’t creative enough so got a job in project management. I then decided I needed a bit of a hobby and creative outlet so started making cards with photographs I had taken in the Hunter Valley – this is when I started up another donkey design.
I then realised I didn’t always have time to get out and take photos so started doing paper craft and started selling on line. Having my son has also impacted on my work and it has more of a child focus now (like my Peg it Ups, pictured).
What are you doing at the moment that excites you?
I’m discovering fabric and exploring fabric gift tags. I’m trying to find the time to sew and have aspirations of making a quilt (so far all I have made is a draw string bag) but with a 9-5 four day a week job, and a 13 month old son, time is a little scarce! I’m also slowly expanding my colour range of chalkboard gift tags.
What is your secret to getting big things done?
I’m a disciplined person and I hate having outstanding things – so I keep working until it is done (except when it comes to housework!)
When you look back, what will be the highlights?
Making some great friends in the handmade and blogging community, getting a feature blog post on Bondville (thanks Steph!), and every sale is a pleasant surprise!
Here’s how to find Kate and Another Donkey Design: