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Dream Plan Do Giveaway – Prizes worth over £900

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We recently shared a post about a fantastic new journal and wall  planner to help you streamline your craft business and make 2017 your best year yet.  We’re now very excited to be giving away 5 Dream Plan Do prizes, including a series of 6 coaching sessions with founder of The Design Trust Patricia van den Akker.

Dream Plan Do!


Watch the video below and listen to Patricia talk about how she has developed this useful journal and wall planner and how it can help you to transform your dream of running a craft business into a reality.  The kickstarter has already exceeded the goal with over 300 backers looking forward to receiving a journal and getting started on their business plan for 2017. (pre-order it here)

The Prizes!

Here’s what you can win…

1 x VIP programme = a signed journal planner + wall planner + 111 club + 6 coaching sessions of 1hr with Patricia van den Akker of The Design Trust on phone or skype in 2017 (worth £695)

1 x Business of the Month = a signed journal planner + wall planner + 111 club + 1 coaching session with me and being featured in the club webinar that month (worth £200)

3 x Journal Planners + wall planners (worth £40 RRP)

How to Enter

To win one of the prizes simply leave a comment on this blog post with an answer to the following question.

Question to Answer –

What is your business dream and how do you think this amazing prize will help you achieve it?

The team at Folksy will pick a winner based on the best answer so think carefully about why you feel you should win and write a comment of 150 words or less that sums up your business dreams and how you would benefit from Patricia’s one to one sessions.

why sell on folksy, where to sell embroidery online,

You do not need a Folksy shop to enter, but you do need to be based in the UK.  You can open a shop on Folksy for free and you’ll get 3 listings for free too – it’s a great time of year to get your products online – OPEN A FOLKSY SHOP TODAY!

By adding your email address and comment on this post you agree to be signed up to our weekly seller tips newsletter, you can unsubscribe at any time from this but we think you’ll find it a useful email to catch up on featured sellers and get selling tips from experts.

Please remember it should be 150 words or less
Entry closes Sunday 30th October 2016 at midnight
UK entrants only
We will email news of the winners on Monday 31st October.


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Angela Finch October 18, 2016 - 9:37 pm

My business dream is to become a recognised jewellery designer/creator, and to enhance my profile. My business also needs to be re-energised after a long period of ill health, I have gotten out of the habit of marketing and promotion. This amazing prize will help me achieve this by structuring the steps I need to take and helping me to develop my business in a completely new way. It will be like doing a year long course that is relevant to my jewellery business. The prize would, hopefully, enable me to plan my time better and to prioritise the right things to grow my business.

Gabriela Romagna October 19, 2016 - 12:14 am

I have a small creative business creating custom art pieces in form of pop-ups and box cards as well as prints Andes I’d like to offer craft workshops very soon too. I make baby steps and it’s slowly going forward but I hope this prize will help to guide me in the right direction to properly get my business off the floor by reaching a greater audience and target the right people.

Alison Sye October 19, 2016 - 9:16 am

I am currently sitting on a commuter train to my day job. My dream, both business and otherwise, is to sit on this train no more. The prize would help me to organize my business, so that I can make it successful. I don’t want to be a millionaire, I just want to spend more time doing what I love.

Sandra Nesbitt October 19, 2016 - 10:18 am

I am slowly being recognised as an up and coming UK knitting designer, having patterns submitted in a few knitting magazines. I would love to find the time to learn more knitting techniques and challenge myself in the process. I’m finding juggling my time between sourcing knitting supplies for my on-line stores, providing knitted finished articles and working to strict deadlines for the knitting magazines the hardest part of this “business” and I think the prize is the perfect tool to help me achieve this during the next year. My plan for the next 5 years (before I properly retire) is to write my own knitting pattern book (or two). Structured time management skills is the only way I would achieve this.

Roz Legge October 19, 2016 - 12:49 pm

Having given up my main income business earlier this year, partly by choice and partly due to relocation, I am now trying to concentrate on my felting and build up sufficient business to allow me to continue with it full time. At the moment I am struggling to structure my day and learn about all the difference selling opportunities available to me, both online and on the high street. This prize would be a fabulous way to help me to concentrate my mind and help me market and grow my business to a sustainable level.

Cara de Faye October 19, 2016 - 12:54 pm

My big dream is to be a recognised, household name for unique family prints and drawings. We are a family business (two sisters) and gain immense pleasure from bringing peoples families alive on paper. The reactions we get are overwhelming. To offer this to more people would be astonishing.
We have so many ideas but we so need help in organising this, creating specific tasks, reviewing what works and what doesn’t and guidance on the world of design. To have direct input from Patricia would be a dream come true in itself. I just know her coaching and questions will not only be thought provoking but will bring about real change in our business and direction.
The impact for us and our customers would be long lasting and real turning point. I believe our dream can become a reality with this input. We are immensely hard working too!

Sarah Buchan October 19, 2016 - 8:28 pm

I would love this planner because it would enable me to plan effective marketing campaigns that could put my work in front of the right people. This planner sounds like it’s bursting with all the knowledge Patricia has accumulated over the years coaching various craft businesses and it would be an invaluable tool for 2017

Elizabeth Stein October 19, 2016 - 8:47 pm

I’ve recently opened a folksy shop selling heirloom, memory rag dolls & toys. I upcycle memorable materials to make personalised gifts unique to the customer. However as a busy mum I’m struggling to promote my shop on social media and create new ideas – all whilst building up my shop stock. I’d love to be able to make a living from my crafting but find I don’t know how best to spend my time. To be featured as Business of the Month may be the kick start my business needs. This would make all my dreams come true especially if it led to my first sale! A journal would also help me turn my dreams into reality… lizzywithlove x

Fiona October 19, 2016 - 9:02 pm

My business dream is to create the best craft subscription service in the UK which covers all the wonderful crafts out there plus creating wonderful collaborations with other independent makers. It would serve as a hub for everyone to help each other out.

The prize would give me the tools to make this a reality. It would turn my loose plan into a formulated and end-goal orientated charge to moving from the planning to the doing.

Kathy Eyre October 19, 2016 - 9:04 pm

My business dream is to expand my market for the products I create and grow my business. To share my passion for sewing and memories with children, teaching them, helping them create. I believe Dream/Plan/Do and the exceptional coaching from someone who has already suceeded will help me structure my passion to succeed, help me focus and channel my dreams. It will show me how to plan to suceed and re-enforce my confidence in my ability to achieve. I believe it will guide me to think outside of the box, explore new avenues and possibilities.

Eilish Smith October 19, 2016 - 9:09 pm

I dream of seeing my designs being sold in store across the UK. I dream of growing my business to the point where I can employ a part time staff with hours suited to parents wanting to work around school drop offs and pick ups. Planning a essential for me, without a plan written down, I lose track and I lose my way a bit.this prize would help me keep on track for a full year, and I would love that.

Vic Clark October 19, 2016 - 9:16 pm

I dived fully into my chocolate business just six weeks ago, having kept the wolf from the door for a year, working long hours cooking while trying to grow my business. What I would do with this prize? Embrace it with both hands! Learn, because I need to, put strategies in place for next year as I’m equally scared and excited as to what the future holds. I have a skill that I want to make full use of and a dream that I won’t let die. I want to be an inspiration to my daughter, to show her that you CAN.

Becky Robinson October 19, 2016 - 9:35 pm

I’ve slowly been changing the direction my business is headed in – and really want to push myself further towards my goal of selling more hand-dyed yarns and writing my own crochet patterns in the New Year. What better way to kickstart my plans? :)

Clara Castner October 19, 2016 - 10:09 pm

My business dream is to have a successful ceramics business, that allows me to make and create, and embrace new opportunities (not have to work part time evenings anymore!). I am edging ever closer to this: I am slowly increasing my profile on social media and am becoming more successful with each show I do. However I am floundering a little with the business side of things. I also find it hard to promote myself, as many other creatives do. I know my craft, but I have discovered the hard way that only 50% of running a business is making! This amazing opportunity could potentially help me to get both sides of my business running smoothly side by side, become more organised and help me to recognise my strengths and improve on the areas I’m not so confident in.

Jessica Holmes October 20, 2016 - 2:49 am

Bring joy, happiness, warmth to people’s homes (offices, environments we live in), is my personal and business dream. The passion and love for the art and crafts disciplines has been with me since a young age; this is why I gave up a career in digital marketing to follow my passion and become a designer-maker who specialises in functional objects and lighting made in glass. DREAM-PLAN-DO will not only greatly help me achieve my aspirations but also show me the way to create a structured business plan for a successful craft business – my dreams will become a reality thanks to The Design Trust and Patricia van den Akker!

Kate Tompsett October 20, 2016 - 8:37 am

In December last year, I quit my day job and opened a high street shop in Kent, selling only British-made products. I am so happy to have reached this point, and so grateful, but it would be amazing to gain some extra knowledge for time management, marketing and more. My business dream is to be able to design more of my own products, yet at the moment I work alone so everything is my responsibility. I try to manage everything as well as I can, but overwhelm does crop up. I think the Design Trust prize would help me to achieve better time management, and give me plenty of inspiration to move Happy & Glorious on to the next step.

Nicky Barter October 20, 2016 - 10:33 am

I’ve been making and selling via folksy for 4 years. I hope to make a living of my creative business alone but haven’t got to that level yet. I think this prize would help me get concise goals and keep me organised and motivated to reach my them.

Lynda Downs October 20, 2016 - 11:20 am

After 40 years of working in ICT and waste management, My crafts being an hobby I loved, I have taken voluntary redundancy and making steps to grow a business making personalized wedding stationery, greeting cards & party invitations along with bag charms and wine/champagne class charms.
Producing and forming friendships with customers to produce their dream occasions is wonderful, I have a problem with pricing and time management as my business is growing, I love the idea of Dream Plan Do and know that a yearly planner is the most important tool for me and I will be purchasing these but the additional advise would be invaluable.
I have bought my first motorhome and will travel to craft fairs and want to do all I can to promote and live my dreams going forward.

Natalia Campo October 20, 2016 - 11:23 am

My business dream is to become a succesful surface pattern designer with my own home decor and stationery in outlets all over the world and one day have my own shop in the highstreet.
This planner will help me to keep focused and keep on the right path as with all designers out there it is easy to get distracted and even doubt yourself.

Kristine Wright October 20, 2016 - 1:57 pm

My dream is to take my business from a part time hobby venture to a full time operation. I have taken steps this year to tailor what I create to a niche market and work to getting a reputation for my business and creations in the cosplay/comic convention scene here in the UK. I would appreciate the opportunity to receive marketing and business planning advice on how to take the work I have done and increase my visibility (both on and offline) and increase the number of events I attend from 6 in a year to 2 a month (or more).

kayleigh October 20, 2016 - 1:57 pm

This prize would help me so much, I did have a business which I decided to stop but I am currently behind the scenes working on a new business which I am hoping will start in 2017 and the planning journal will help me keep focussed and on track and the coaching session will also help with getting this business off the ground

Diane Lee Jewellery Silverhares October 20, 2016 - 1:58 pm

My Business Dream is to continue to do what I do (working as a metalsmith jewellery maker) but with a bit less of the frantic headless chicken approach I currently employ. The DREAM-PLAN-DO toolkit would help me organise my time better so that I can dedicate time to being creative and enjoy the wonderful work life I am privileged to have here at Silverhares.

Jenny October 20, 2016 - 2:11 pm

My dream is to start selling my art. I have worked in admin and had other jobs to fit around bringing my children up. At this point in my life I am at a crossroad and I either go back to admin and that fills me with dread or continue on with my art. I don’t want to turn around in 20 year’s time saying I should have started my own business and I gave up. I get regular emails from the Design Trust and Patricia always has lots of useful information, getting coached by her would be the boost I need and help me to keep moving forward. Her planner sounds ideal for goal setting, planning ahead, reviewing and staying on track!

Orsolya Meszaros October 20, 2016 - 2:12 pm

I create colourful jewellery which represent freedom, joy and love, while in the everyday life we tend to forget about these things and fall into the daily routine. I am sitting here and try to put into words, what is what I have always dreamed about… to be able to live for my passion and be a do what I really want. My business is what I really want! Not to be a rich person, but to have the time to do what I love! Creating pieces which brings some joy and happiness :) And Patricia might be the key for this goal.

Danielle Mayor October 20, 2016 - 2:15 pm

After a time away I would love to get my business back in it’s feet. My dream would be to support my family whilst running my own business.

Angeline Keightley October 20, 2016 - 2:19 pm

It’s so easy to Dream but much more difficult to organise, motivate and understand how to get there. Coaching is something that I’ve never tried and am eager to do so. Like all creative people organising your thoughts and time and giving it direction can sometimes be a real challenge. I started my business several years ago but have only really started to think about growing it this year and its difficult to know where to start. I’d love to see my products in more retail outlets so that my weekends are not taken up with too many fairs. I have already decided that 2017 will be for me … but where do I start?

YB October 20, 2016 - 2:47 pm

To produce beautiful knitwear that is a joy to knit and wear! This week I started writing down my dreams for the business and I realised afresh how important it is to plan effectively. I’d love to win the journal planner + wall planner prize as it would help me visualise and move my dreams forward to reality.

Toni October 20, 2016 - 3:15 pm

My Business Dream is to teach people to learn to knit, and to excite and inspire them to create things with their own hands! I want to teach people the benefits of slowing down and taking time for themselves through craft. I want to create beautiful, simple knitting patterns that beginners can adapt and make their own.

This prize would help me manage my time and lift my business off the ground, as I currently work 9-5 in a Children’s Hospital, which is very energy demanding, and having something like this would make scheduling and planning my time outside of the 9-5 so much easier and more productive!

Jenni October 20, 2016 - 3:34 pm

My dream is to build my business. I set up full time at the start of the year; a two-pronged attack of selling my handmade notebooks/journals & papercrafts online, and also providing origami wedding & occasion flowers locally. While I feel I’ve made headway, I know there’s so much more I need to learn and to do – it’s just a case of knowing what to do when and how much time to dedicate to each aspect of running a craft business. That’s where Dream Plan Do comes in!

Addison Evans October 20, 2016 - 3:58 pm

I opened my first Folksy store this year and, within a few months, found myself closing it again. Why? I love making. I keep a notebook by my bed and the shower as I’m always having ideas! However to create the designs I really love in sewn and beaded forms means finding the right way forward for me; to find the people who care about what I make and to structure the balance between sheer creative thought and the realities of the marketplace. The help offered through any of these prizes could make a huge difference to starting over again.

Adam Holcroft October 20, 2016 - 4:15 pm

My business dream is to earn enough each month from my paper goods business that I can drop my freelance social media work. Being my own boss is important to me as it is best for my mental health and the prize will help me achieve my goals by giving me focus and motivation.

Annette October 20, 2016 - 4:18 pm

My business dream is to sell and license the beautiful patterns that I design.
At present, I feel overwhelmed by how to organise them and get them out there in front of the right buyers. What I need is someone to help me further identify my ideal market, and then advise me on how to approach them successfully with my work. This side of things feels overwhelming and daunting. There are so many possible avenues to explore, and it is easy to get caught up in spending too much time trying to do everything. Dream Plan Do would help me to focus specifically on what I need to do for my business, so that I can create a focussed and realistic plan of action for which I would be accountable throughout the year.

Julie October 20, 2016 - 4:55 pm

My dream is to make my small business grow with Patricias wonderful guidance. I love to design/create and sell my items that makes customers want to come back while telling their friends about me. I want to go from small to full time while my business grows.
I could learn a lot from Patricia with her guidance and monthy planner, which is such a great way to see your ideas/goals on paper to keep me focused on my dreams for the future.

Joanna October 20, 2016 - 5:52 pm

My business dream is to create very special place online where people can buy beautiful jewellery and through that help to save environment. When I was 15 I promised my dad that I won’t join Greenpeace (they are to extreme for him ;) ) and I keep my promise. Now I know that I can help to save the world in other way :)
I am already doing that but with so many distraction in my life it’s hard to concentrate on all the goals. I think this amazing prize will help me to achieve it by clearing my path in the business and clarifying my goals. I think that this is the great “tool” to the continuity, consistently and making friends with all aspect of the business not only with the creative part :)

Gillian October 20, 2016 - 7:23 pm

Over the past 3 years I have become disabled as a result of various chronic diseases. I can now only work part-time and will probably have to retire early. Despite this I have found a new craft, and now design and make a unique range of origami jewellery. In April this year I started selling locally and I’m now focusing on developing the on-line side of my business. I am proud of what I have achieved despite my difficulties and limitations. My dream, which I need advice to help me achieve is to grow my business over the next three years so that as well as the confidence and other emotional benefits it gives me it provides an additional income stream. I have ideas, designs, and dreams but I would love the support of Dream, Plan, Do to help me plan and grow my business.

Helen October 20, 2016 - 7:43 pm

Not another fridge magnet! That’s the plan – rather than taking home a bit of plastic, you take home a cool souvenir of your trip instead – something you fall in love with or something you know your favourite Auntie will love too. I’m a fledgling surface pattern designer and my sister hunts sales. Together with Dream Plan Do we could really get this idea off the ground. I love my analogue diary for planning but this takes the idea to the next level, adding layers of important prompts and inspiring focus. I’d have to make a cover for it though – patterned of course…

Sandra Taylor October 20, 2016 - 8:05 pm

My dream business involves sewing with wonderful fabrics. Dream Plan Do will help me make better use of my time and will give me the focus to get back on the right track.

Ali Newbould Rance October 20, 2016 - 9:34 pm

For my business to be globally renowned for exquisite paper flowers & my business name to be synonymous with quality paper bridal flowers. The prize offers an amazing opportunity to work with an incredible mentor that would help me find the path to success, to provide me with the tools to go forward with my business in a more effective structured manner but more importantly it would enable personal growth & confidence so I can continue growing my business.

Sarah Gaunt October 20, 2016 - 11:18 pm

My dream is to transform my very small business. I’ve been selling my handmade crafts for many years very unsuccessfully. I dream to be inspired to grow my business and to make more sales. I’ve mastered the making side, but not the selling or marketing side. In 2017 I would like to be inspired to improve my skills in these areas.

Judith Rayner October 21, 2016 - 10:06 am

My aim over the next year is to develop more of my designs into finished products and hopefully generate more sales. I am in a very saturated market and I need to produce an item that stands out from the crowd and be able to market it well.

Zoe Davis October 21, 2016 - 10:33 am

Hi, my business dream is to gain more knowledge about selling online and how to sell creative crafts in a more appealing way. I would also hope that winning this prize would boost my confidence in selling in a more professional way and give me a much needed confidence boost and help me achieve my full potential ;-)

Glenis Moore October 21, 2016 - 11:20 am

My business dream is simply to be able to sell my beadwork for more than it costs to make it rather than having to discount my time. I could then devote more time to the business rather than having to work elsewhere in order to pay for it. I think that the prize would enable me to organize my time better with regard to marketing, which currently seems to require a large amount of effort for very little return.

Lisa Alderson October 21, 2016 - 11:56 am

I just don’t know where to start! I enjoy making anything and everything. I need guidance to help me understand what is worth selling and what isn’t. I need to understand the best places and platforms to sell. I need to know how to manage my finances and an idea of what my creations are worth. Most of all I need encouragement to start this business of mine and I believe this prize can help with all my needs and desires!

Karen Johns October 21, 2016 - 6:01 pm

I wish for days of creative wonder
To paint and mould and fit together
and then to show to all the world
This could be theirs to have forever.

Ah, but now there has to be
a place to start an end to see
But where, when and then there’s how
to make those great cogs whirl and wow

A tentative word of positive encouragement
a hint that this is possible
The step to take to start that trek
Too see that it’s attainable

This would be incredibly great
A gift, a light, a glimmer of fire
To see a shop full of beautiful treasures
and persons there to coo and desire

So choose this cause to give your prize
and cross your fingers that that’s wise
And I shall strive to reach each goal
With your words etched upon my soul.

Amanda Crago October 22, 2016 - 10:30 am

I would really love to win a copy of Dream Plan Do or any of the other great prizes too, because like many who have commented need organisation! Be it time, money, energy or making! I’ve struggled along for a few years now and had some success, but I just feel I’m in a sea of beautiful jewellery-makers and my head’s just below the water so no one can find me! Having a special planner would help me organise my time and direction, because I’m in a catch-22 of working in a great job that’s mostly only half the year and low-paid and then not having enough money to promote my jewellery business! I’d really like to receive a more regular income from my passion that is quirky jewellery and share my knowledge through teaching others and helping them grow their confidence!

Maureen October 22, 2016 - 3:29 pm

I would love to learn so much ! Marketing advice would be enormously useful, and learning how to spot the most receptive areas and directions in which to sell my art work .I also need I think to take on board the need to be a just little less altruistic . I perhaps give away too many freebies , and less than cost items

Monika October 23, 2016 - 8:56 am

I’m crafter for good few years already, but trying to build my mark since about 2 years here on Folksy. I’m Mum for 4yo boy and I want to have good business and time for my son, who’s creative child (he loves stamping, colouring, drawing and playing with glue).
Sometimes I’m loosing my confidence, so I need encouragement and someone who point me in right direction with pricing my creations. For that I think Patricia and her planner could help with organize properly my time to achieve my dream.

Sue October 23, 2016 - 11:44 am

I have made a concerted effort at promoting my business over the past year or so, although I have been self employed for much longer and would really like some advice on ways to continue to take it forward. Having a business planner would really help me organise my year and one to one advice would be an invaluable part of my progression.

During the past year I have improved my statistics all round, on social media and financially, I need advice on how to take this further, whether through the Internet or from shows & exhibitions, better photography or learning to teach my craft and who or where to go for help achieving this.

Any advice would be extremely welcome.

Amanda Davies October 23, 2016 - 6:48 pm

I started selling handmade children’s clothing in 2014 after years dreaming. I would love to be able to make it my full time job but am in need of a little steer in how to identify the small steps to stop it all seeming like an impossible mountain.

Victoria Wainwright October 23, 2016 - 9:04 pm

In an ever disposable world I would like to give everyone the opportunity to own at least one heirloom, something emotionally valuable with a personal story. I started with rings. Now I love to make castles, christening boxes to wrap a story around. I know how to be creative. I need to learn how to be a business.

Toben Lewis October 23, 2016 - 10:51 pm

My business dream is to be self-supporting, to have my handmade products in boutique shops on the West Coast of Scotland, and my colouring books carried in places such as CalMac Ferries and Visit Scotland shops. This is pretty ambitious, though. I need help with this. I need to be organised, need to have a plan and stick to it, and I think mentoring would be extremely beneficial. I don’t know where to start, though, don’t know what the plan should be or how to go about such things. I have a lot to learn in terms of running a business, pricing, etc. If there is anyone that could help me, it is definitely the Design Trust and any level of this prize. I have been reading Patricia’s blogs religiously since discovering her site and would so welcome assistance from her.

Sarah Bayly October 24, 2016 - 10:59 pm

I would love to take my business to the next level, becoming less reliant on the current marketplace I sell with (that is very dictating on what I make), and be FREE to be more creative.

Pragya Agarwal October 25, 2016 - 3:00 am

Organisation and planning are not my strength. I want to create and my head is full of ideas. The time that running, managing and promoting a business takes is often resented. I find it difficult to strike a balance. There is an inherent dichotomy in the term ‘creative business’ I feel because such different skills are needed. I find myself struggling often because I have no business training. I wish I had a business mentor when I started in early 2016, because I’ve made several mistakes along the way. My business dream is to have a financially viable business model and be able to earn enough to be able to sustain my family on this income alone. Working from my home studio, and seeing my 6 month old twin girls grow up would be a fantastic life. I missed so much of this with my eldest as I was completing my doctoral studies. I want to have a recognisable brand, one that is proudly handmade and British and represents quality, care and attention to detail. Coaching sessions would be invaluable to help me identify definite goals for my business, to learn where and how to focus my energy and time to achieve them, and the exposure would be fantastic to gain recognition for my work.

Louise Brainwood October 25, 2016 - 8:15 am

I have been growing my business steadily over the last few years but the time has now come to expand the ranges that I can offer and open it up to a wider market.
I have recently completed the Surface Pattern courses run by MIID and Rachael Taylor, which have allowed me to extend my design and business skills and am really inspired to develop a brand that can become a flourishing business.
As I work alone, I need to find a way to focus and plan how this will happen and with guidance from Patricia & Dream Plan Do, I am certain I can make that happen.

Elizabeth Oniri October 25, 2016 - 11:04 am

I have been making things as far back as I can remember. I was inspired by my mother who taught me to love my life and the colours and texture that enhance it, I have been fortunate to have been able to sell my soft furnishings on a stall in Herne Hill market, it has taught me sooo much but 😆. In July my dearest mum passed away and I made a promise that I would create what my mum always wanted a sewing hub which I have name Quilting Mafia Lounge. I want to be able to create a space that I can share with others who love to create. I need a little guidance because I want to use my teaching skills with my creatively to create a lasting legecy. I want to learn how to brand my company, build a website, exhibit and sell my furniture, furnishings and workshops I believe that this is what I am meant to do.

Rebecca Kitching October 25, 2016 - 2:00 pm

I love to create, I love craft, and I feel alive, proud and excited when I look at something I’ve made, it’s something I created that has never been on the planet before, it’s amazing and I live for that.
I’ve spent the last 3 years working part time in an uninspiring job to support myself while I try to become an established jewellery designer/maker, but I am constantly confused on how to achieve my end goal and while I sit alone in my studio I feel like I am getting know were.
My business dream is to be able to create jewellery for a living that would be amazing and this is a huge opportunity to help me archive my ultimate goal.
I just need someone to believe in me and with the support of the design trust and Patricia I feel I could achieve my dreams.

Natalia Morse October 25, 2016 - 2:05 pm

My business dream is to be able to work on my business, making the products I love, full time, as it would mean that my business has grown enough to support itself, as well as me. Learning from someone with Patricia’s experience could only help me become more focused, more driven, and help me work towards my dreams.

Sue Deighton October 25, 2016 - 2:43 pm

DREAM, PLAN, DO resonates strongly with where I currently find myself. With identical lists spanning the last few years, even with several of my ‘to do’s’ completed I haven’t made the progress needed to make my business dream my business reality.
A printmaker and pattern designer with ambitions for a successful manufactured line of homeware, stationery and fabric, I dream of developing a portable printmaking studio. Through products and workshops I aim to promote printmaking as an accessible, rewarding artform, inspiring experimentation in the exciting field of design and enabling people to believe in the power of their own creativity. The knowledge and experience the Design Trust and Patricia van den Akker provide has been incredibly valuable to me in my journey so far. The opportunity to receive additional advice and support would help me define, develop and streamline the focus I need to make 2017 the year I ‘do’!

Maria Koekenhoff October 25, 2016 - 4:37 pm

I am planning a 14-month sabbatical from my full-time job as an administrator next summer to concentrate on my creative business. I need to work on my branding, marketing and developing ideas and products. Winning either of these prizes will help me kickstart as well as plan my time purposefully and stop me from falling into the trap of drifting through the days. Who knows, I may not have to return to my day job?

Tina Scopa October 25, 2016 - 8:56 pm

I love the idea of this journal planner and the club of others on the same journey. There seems to be a growing understanding of how our persistent plans and focus can really create our dreams. Having a structure, a plan, and the encouragement would be invaluable to banish doubts or fears or hesitancy. My business dream is to enjoy the outdoors by creating art out of the natural world and share that passion with others. So many of us live in urban environments and forget or don’t even know how nourishing and restorative the natural world can be. Even the weeds growing on the pavements in cities are beautiful and can produce beautiful pieces of art. Their resilience and strength to grow in the unlikeliest of places can serve as inspiration for us all. I would love to travel round the country sharing this beauty and experience with others.

Coral Fowley October 26, 2016 - 11:42 am

My ultimate dream has always been the same, to make and to be a great ambassador for my craft. I am a recent MA graduate trying to share what I do with the world. I am currently exhibiting and artist in residence at an arts university. My business dreams are simple yet ambitious; to be able to support myself and my craft through making. I would like to see my prints in gallery shops and art fairs.
I feel the coaching sessions would really help me get to the place I want to be. Allow me to create a successful business from my passion.
Coral Fowley

Sara Thompsett October 26, 2016 - 4:59 pm

I’ve never wanted fast cars or huge houses. That doesn’t mean I’m not ambitious, I am. My business dream is to make enough money, doing what I love, to afford my bills, treat my children occasionally and have a holiday each year.

The thing about running a business is that you’re a juggler. Trying to keep all the plates spinning and lots of balls in the air is difficult. I’m good at designing, creating and customer service. However, I can be a bit of a procrastinator, particularly with jobs I’m dreading. I could also do with help on Marketing.

I’m just about to take the leap onto Folksy and I’m sure that the Dream, Plan, Do Planner will help me develop these and other areas. It will ensure I tackle each job effectively and efficiently. Guaranteeing I prioritise tasks well, to make my business the best it can be.

Melanie Brown October 26, 2016 - 9:23 pm

I have always loved silver with a passion. I collect and craft my won pieces. One month ago I took a wrong turning and hence I met an amazing silversmith in her shop off the beaten track in a small rural town. We chatted for hours. One week later she contacted me with a business proposition. The idea blew my socks off. I haven’t stopped thinking about it. I know this will work. I have a dream, but its such a unique proposition that I don’t know where to start. Then tonight, I took another wrong turning and by chance I stumbled across this blog post. Dream, Plan Do. The title stopped me in my tracks, it spoke to me because it is exactly what I have been looking for. I need a helping hand to set me on my path and eureka! I have found it.

Sianuska October 26, 2016 - 9:48 pm

I’d like a studio in the garden, with a woodburning stove to keep me cosy. I’d like to be able to make a ‘real’ living doing this. I’d like to give screen printing classes. I need help to focus, plan and prioritise.

Emma hender October 27, 2016 - 2:53 pm

My business and life dream is to be happy everyday And to love what I do. I can feel it is in touching distance, but I just need that little bit of help to get there.

Emma Hender
Contemporary Jeweller

Kerry MacKay October 28, 2016 - 2:01 pm

My business is still young (as am I), but this is when it is most vulnerable; most start ups do not survive in the long term. I want to cement by business with firm foundations to build a sustainable, creative, welcoming, and enthusiastic enterprise. I would love to share my love of crafting through workshops, craft party events, and special handmade wedding events. However, being based in a rural location I could certainly do with the steady and reliable guidance of the Dream, Plan, Do planner and a knowledgeable advisor.

Sally October 28, 2016 - 2:33 pm

I have an idea that I would love to grow into a successful creative business. Without saying too much, it has been inspired by my daughter & now, with a second daughter on the way, I am doubly keen to develop my idea further. My dream is to create something that I & they can be proud of, that inspires others to be all that they can be, free of restraint & stereotype. This prize would help me to plan & develop my business, building my existing skills & knowledge to take them to new highs. I relish the thought of working & collaborating with other successful creative professionals, & seeing what we can achieve together.

Eloisa Henderson-Figueroa October 28, 2016 - 11:30 pm

I feel like I’m already living my dream! Working for myself, making products I love and hanging out with other crazy cats and inspiring people. But sometimes it does all get a little overwhelming and I wonder what it’s all about?! Starting a business has been a massive learning curve and sometimes it feels as though I have put my finger in too many pies, trying to do too many things at once just because I have soo much enthusiasm for what I do. This great prize would help me be able to see what it is that I should focus on and how to do it, maximising my potential and helping me create a brand and identity for my business that really celebrates my love for making.

Michelle Lobb October 28, 2016 - 11:31 pm

I currently run a hobby business, making silver jewellery from metal clay. My dream is to evolve the business enough to give up the day job and do what I love everyday. I feel this prize could help me set realistic goals and give me focus to achieve them.

Deb Scudder October 30, 2016 - 8:57 am

My business dream is ultimately to share my passion for what I do! I work closely with British crofters and farmers who rear rare and native breed sheep – the yarn from these sheep is all I use to create my homewares and wearables. Thus with my business I’m not only helping myself, but helping the rare and native breeds to survive by supporting other small businesses who work with them. Personally my chief goal is probably a very common one: I want to be able to leave my day job (actually a night job, I’m a night care assistant in a nursing home) and run my business full time, and I also have a special dream which is to have my own studio in the garden of our house.

I simply love the idea of Dream Plan Do, and I think it would be so helpful to me. The aspects of business I find most intimidating and difficult to get my head around are the planning, setting goals, organisational parts. I’m great at creating things, and dreaming about where I’d like to be, but the actual practical planning of that, and working out how to get there, is where my brain stops working, I just come up with a blank. I really hope that Dream Plan Do will help me to unblock that part of my brain and get moving in a more deliberate way towards my goals.

Sam Beresford October 30, 2016 - 12:05 pm

I’ve got a great idea to move my embroidery business on. I love to make and I love to teach so to combine these skills I would like to create fantastical stitch kits to sell and send around the world and to have a sparkly website chock full of information and inspiration, helpful hints and video workshops….but these have just been plans, for years, on post it notes attached to sketchbooks, computer screens, and cupboard doors a stream of prayer flag scrappy notes holding all my thoughts and dreams. I know I can make a success of this idea with help but gathering these thoughts and anchoring them down, stitching them in a cohesive pattern that will allow me to move forward is a tricky task…if only there was a planner to gather my thoughts in and plan my way forward….aah if only!

Raj Reehal October 30, 2016 - 3:46 pm

We love making and designing jewellery but with a full time jobs it is difficult to maintain our focus on the jewellery business. Both of us dream of making jewellery full time – we don’t need to make millions we just need to be happy with our work. We have already completed a course with the Design Trust which really helped us to focus the range and handwriting of our products. Unfortunately after the course finished, we lost a bit of focus. We think the Dream, Plan, Do guide will really help us to be honest about what we want to do with the business and help us plan a marketing strategy, focus a bit more on finances etc – the things we all try to avoid doing.
Ultimately we all want a job that will make us happy everyday and to love what we do. This book will help us get what we want.

Raj & Anna
Jewellery Designers/Makers – Charme Accessories

Manuela Menzi October 30, 2016 - 9:12 pm

I recently graduated from Central Saint Martins in Textile Design (Knitwear). The reason why I started my own business was not a very romantic one: I couldn’t find a job and I need money. I want to know how to be better, what I need to learn and how to make a living from my garments. I know that Patricia could help me, I visited a few of her talks and read what ever is free on the Design Trust’s Facebook page / Newsletter but I don’t have enough money to buy a planner on Kickstarter. This giveaway is my biggest chance to get a precious Dream.Plan.Do planner, please make it happen! :)

Nicola Pile October 30, 2016 - 9:43 pm

My dream is to achieve a successful business and work life balance designing and making quality handmade home wares – I don’t want to miss my children growing up. This amazing prize will help me to achieve this in various ways. Firstly I need advice with aspects of transferring the organisation skills I have in my present job to a self employed arena. I also need to learn how to stay “on-track” while working at home and without a manager to do this for me. As well as this, and possibly more importantly as this stage, I need a “cheerleader”. Someone who will listen with an impartial ear, give advice based on their sound small business knowledge and give me confidence in what I am aiming to do.

Vicki Wallis October 30, 2016 - 9:47 pm

I’m a print designer and my dream is to share my designs in a way that makes a difference. At the moment, as well as selling on Folksy, I do freelance design work for large corporations to make ends meet. This is something I’d like to move away from, as they often don’t share my views on ethical trading which is very important to me. In the long term, I’d love to work with underprivileged communities and have my designs produced by them. I think this amazing prize would help me, by breaking down this massive task into manageable chunks and it’s always great to get an outsider’s opinion, especially someone with so much valuable experience. I find I often get too excited and carried away with ideas – it would be great to have someone to reign that in and focus my thoughts!

Anna Turner-Cobbold October 30, 2016 - 10:38 pm

I came across this quote “Without a goal, you can’t score” and it’s so true. To have a goal you have something to aim for and this prize would get me there. My dream is to build a successful business, have online shops, to sell at lucrative craft fairs and keep bringing smiles to peoples faces, (oh, and of course bring in a decent income). Confidence is key, (something I lack) having structure, guidance and a planner would help to keep the focus needed in difficult times and maybe a nudge in the right direction too. I’ve got my degree, I love what I do and hearing the stories from my customers of their mousey antics make what I do worthwhile. But I’m dreaming bigger, like that footballer, I have some skills, I have some ideas, but winning this would be like being placed in front of that goal!

Gill Miller October 31, 2016 - 11:13 am

My idea is to encourage and facilitate individuals and groups to make things from scratch (or as near as possible).I want to publish a book of my projects.Projects are sequentially structured to encourage quality skills development. A creative journey builds to develop creative/artistic skills and eventually encourages designing mixed media projects. Ultimately, a complete Maker Artist is born.

Varied delivery models are possible for specific group and/or individuals, including working with voluntary organisations, team building, entrepreneurs.
I will stock an online shop to facilitate the framework, selling resources, tools and kits specific to the projects, practical workshops as well a online help resources.
My structured framework could attract accreditation for young people in post 16 education and training as well as provide social/health benefitsin a structured programme.
I have a mission to make MAKING a regular/natural part of life.

Alyssa November 1, 2016 - 11:05 pm

My business dream is to be able to have an employee who can help with everyday tasks enabling me to spend more time on creative work!

Alyssa November 1, 2016 - 11:07 pm

My business dream is to be able to have an employee who can help with everyday tasks enabling me to spend more time on creative work! I think a fresh perspective on my business would be the kick start I need to take it to the next level.

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