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Make your own luck // Fanciful Sparrow Designs

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The news is constantly full of how difficult young people are finding it to get jobs at the moment, desperately comparing which Oxford colleges have the highest employment-upon-graduation rates and telling us that it is pointless to spend money on a Masters (oops, too late for me folks). If you’re lucky enough not to have felt the effects that our rocky economic situation is having upon the young professional generation, you’re one of the rare few. Most of us have worked for months upon months as unpaid interns, waitresses, and admin slaves by day, pouring ourselves into job applications by night and, in my case, daydreaming about writing a novel. Many of us even know the frustration of being told that we are probably ‘over qualified’ at the Job Centre. Still, what’s being a little bit patronised in exchange for £50 a week?

Anyway, enough of the moaning. One of my best friends is taking matters into her own hands. Madeleine Mason has always been arty and crafty – when we were at school we used to love going on weekend trips to craft fairs (yes, we were exceptionally cool 14 year-olds). She’s been making me jewellery for as long as we’ve been friends, and now, frustrated with the job hunt despite her shiny First class degree in Art History from Warwick, she’s launching her own jewellery business, Fanciful Sparrow Designs. The shop is hosted by Folksy, the British equivalent of Etsy, and it launched yesterday – just in time to get your Mothering Sunday gifts. Her pieces manage to be pretty, cute, quirky and classic all at the same time, drawing inspiration from a Cath Kidston vintage aesthetic, old maps, books, birds, and flowers. Very Alex Monroe, who is one of my all time favourite jewellery designers. But then I’m her friend, so I’m biased; take a look at it and judge for yourself (my favourite is the duck egg charm necklace – judging by the number of ‘likes’ it is getting on Facebook, I’ll have to move fast if I want to buy one).

It’s an inspiring approach to life. With the number of free resources available to help you start your own business online, we could all do with being a little bit more proactive and inventive in the way that we think about our careers. It’s not about luck, after all, it’s about determination, talent, energy, and drive. All of which my friend has in abundance. She’s going to be selling her trinkets at The Dandy Lion Market ‘Ladyfolk’ day (celebrating Mother’s Day and International Women’s Day) in Highgate this Saturday 10th March with lots of other talented young designers, so if you’re out and about in London this weekend do go and take a look.

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About Sophie Caldecott

Writer | Founder of www.abetterplacejournal.com

6 comments on “Make your own luck // Fanciful Sparrow Designs

  1. Madeleine Mason
    March 6, 2012

    Reblogged this on Fanciful Sparrow Designs and commented:
    A lovely little article about Fanciful Sparrow on Style & Then Some this morning – by my dear friend, Sophie Caldecott.

  2. Leslie Wilson-Rutterford
    March 6, 2012

    This is a lovely story, which also echos the ethos behind the Dandy Lion Market, where Madeleine will be trading this Saturday. One thing that drives it is the need for people: students and professionals, mothers, retirees and unemployed to be able to supplement their meagre incomes. It is also a monthly opportunity for makers to meet up, support each other, get inspiration, get feedback and make new friends!
    The ‘Ladyfolk’ edition this Sat, an official International Womens’ Day event, will also provide an opportunity for sellers and visitors to donate to Oxfam and help support women living in poverty around the world.
    Thanks for mentioning the market in your wonderful write up on Fanciful Sparrow. We’re real excited to have her!

  3. blondekatie
    March 7, 2012

    That’s so cool that Madeleine decided to go it alone and start her own business, I think loads of people dream of doing this but don’t have the guts, well done her! I love the duck egg necklace too.

    • Madeleine Mason
      March 12, 2012

      Thanks Katie! It was a little daunting, I must admit – the finance side of things has been an especially steep learning curve! But I would whole-heartedly recommend taking the leap into business to anyone, it’s great fun and really rewarding.

      Thanks to Leslie and the Dandy Lion Market for having me on Saturday – lovely people and a fab creative vibe. Try it for yourself on the second Saturday of every month at The Booglaoo in Highgate!

      • leslieworks
        March 12, 2012

        Thank you for coming, Maddy! It was lovely to have you and you wouldn’t know you just started out, you looked and acted like a pro! I’m sure you’ll go far. I hope you sold some of your popular duck egg necklaces! The Dandy is a good platform for people just starting out as well as for more established artisans. I try to create a friendly, sharing environment where creativity is the key, not making money. Of course, it’s wonderful when you sell something, and it’s great for the person buying, cuz they know they’re supporting something special, made locally in the uk, with love.

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