It’s Sharon here! I thought I would give you a little insight as to how I found myself in my DREAM JOB working for Craft Buddy! Well, I say job, but its just so much more, its my passion! I work with the most amazing people who I consider to also be my friends and extended family. Here's how it all began:
I have always been a huge crafter and I especially love paper crafting, jewellery making, crochet, knitting, drawing, colouring and so much more. So, I am always on the look out for new crafts to try out!
I was browsing the internet one day in 2016 and came across a Crystal Art card with a heart/roses on it. I immediately ordered and I was instantly hooked! Of course, if you are familiar with Crystal Art you will know that one card is never enough. I then ordered a much bigger 40x50 Teddy canvas which is proudly displayed on my lounge wall. I have never looked back since that day.
In 2017 I joined Facebook and I came across Craft Buddy and noticed there was an advert for Crystal Art testers, I applied in June 2017 but unfortunately, I was too late and wasn’t accepted. I certainly didn’t give up, I emailed Craft Buddy direct and said I would be interested if any more vacancies appeared. I also joined their Facebook Crystal Art group and started to promote the company on my own initiative. I attended a craft fair in the September and was lucky to meet Gary and Dino from Craft Buddy and have a lovely chat. By October 2017 I had been offered a place on the Crystal Art Design team, to say I was thrilled was an understatement!!
Being on the Crystal Art design team means testing out the new canvases, cards, keyrings, motifs etc, completing them and then sending the samples back within a time frame. You also have to promote on the Crystal art group and of course tease the new products launching soon. During the first few months I was also made admin on the Facebook group and helped to run it. I’d not been doing this for very long before Dino discovered I could make cards and he invited me onto the paper crafting design team. I of course jumped at the chance!
I continued to work hard, I attended several craft fairs and helped to run the workshops/make and takes.
I can’t tell you how excited and over the moon I was when out of the blue I was offered a job working for Craft Buddy. I of course said YES YES YES!!!! This has led to me working along side some amazing and talented people, one being Naomi Hanlon (such a special and amazing friend), helping with customer service queries, admin on groups/pages, designing and development of new products, testing of new products, design team work on Crystal Art, Forever Flowerz and all other Craft Buddy products, craft fairs all over the country, appearing on tv (hopefully will do again soon once the pandemic is over), and so much more!
I have been called the Mary Poppins of Craft Buddy lol. I wouldn’t change one second, if ever you are thinking of going for your dreams, all I can say is “GO GO GO”, I am proof that dreams do come true and anything is possible if you work hard and believe in yourself
I can of course now add Crystal Art, Forever Flowerz and everything Craft Buddy to my list of crafts that I absolutely adore.