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In the Hot Seat: Sarah Millsop

Jo Austin

Q1. Have you always been creative?

Yes I believe Probably only from my late teens, really. But I do LOVE a creative project now. I try to turn my hands to most things and love filling my house with DIY upcyled and crafted pieces!

Q2. What is the first thing you can recall making as a child and who was it for?

I used to love design tech at school and remember working with dad on so many projects. I made a little clay pot for my mum once and she used it to store her jewellery in.

Q3. What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’?

Gosh this changed on a weekly basis… maybe I was destined for shopping TV, though. I used to pretend I was doing cooking shows in the garden, talking through making a mud pie to the camera… unfortunately there’s probably still evidence of this somewhere!!

Q4. Why/when did you decide you could make a living out of crafting?

For me, it was totally by accident and I ended up in the right place at the right time. It had always been a hobby, but I wouldn’t look back now. I have been in the industry (properly) for just over 7 years now. It’s my work, obsession, hobby and outlet, all in one. My moto for life is ‘Do what you love and love what you are doing’. I couldn’t ever go back to a 9 - 5 office job.

Q5. Do you have any other hobbies?

As I said, I love to upcycle and I have lots of projects in the house that I’ve enjoyed teaching myself for. I have upholstered chairs, painted units, etc. I love a bit of sewing too, although I don’t often have the time. I did make all the lace bunting for my sister’s wedding, though. I think we had almost 100m of lace in the end! But my beads and jewellery are my absolute go-to.

Q6. What craft item can you not live without?

It would have to be my jewellery pliers. I use them for so many things; they’re super handy.

Q7. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take 5 items, what would they be – and why?

My dogs (there are 2 of them, but can we count that as 1!). My other half… he’s always handy to have a round and could catch my food and build us a hut! And… actually, I’d be fine with that. Don’t bother rescuing me!

Q8. What’s your biggest ambition in life?

I’ve started ticking a few things off a bucket list over the years. I have had some amazing trips and done some fabulous things… but actually, I strive to just to be happy. If I can think that each day, I’m all set and have achieved the most important thing.

Q9. What’s been the highlight of your crafting life so far?

Oh gosh, tricky one. The collection of CD ROMs we put together last year was wonderful to see grow. I have a year’s worth of hard work sat on my desk in its little box set and it’s really nice to see! But I absolutely love that I get to work with Create & Craft as their jewellery ambassador this year. I’ve been visiting the studios for 7 years, and it’s so lovely to be able to join their fabulous team with people I truly call friends.

Q10. Any advice for beginners?

Just don’t doubt yourself! Confidence is a huge factor when you’re being creative and it can drive you or hinder you. Stick with it, keep going, and don’t doubt yourself. Start with manageable and realistic projects, but build as you go. The more you can do well and correctly, the faster your confidence grows.