I have to admit, when I first started my craft career, I was a bit apprehensive. 

I had been told my first few years at the craft shop were going to be the most difficult of my life. 

It took me years to realise that the people who make me happy are not just my friends, it’s the people around me. 

But craft is my favourite hobby, and I have a passion for it. 

My shop is a place where I can create things, and they are usually my favourites. 

There’s something very special about creating things that people enjoy and cherish.

It’s an amazing way to give back, and to get to know your own creations. 

This week, we’re sharing some of my favourites from my own craft closet, and sharing with you my advice on what to do with all the craft gifts you’ve made. 

First, some advice from my mother-in-law:   If you’ve got something to share with your neighbours, get to it.

If you’ve decided that a gift is worth sharing, I recommend you get to the bottom of it and make it as simple as possible. 

You can get creative by creating a simple list of what you want to share, and then sending a text message to your neighbour and letting them know. 

Make a small list, and give yourself a bit of leeway to decide what you can and can’t share. 

If you’re not sure what you’re doing, ask someone else, and see if they can help you out.

The other advice is that you should always share the items you make with your friends. 

Don’t wait until your neighbours are home to share your handmade creations, but if they need something for their own house, then make it happen. 

When I was young, my mum would bring me home all my sewing kits from school, and tell me how much she loved them, but then she would get bored of them and go shopping. 

The fact that they would be in the same place for a year made me think, ‘What if I had my own sewing kit, and didn’t have to go shopping?’ 

I found myself doing this a lot, and now I can’t wait to share my craft with the world. 

Next, the advice I’ve always given my daughter: Never be afraid to ask for help.

I used to tell her, ‘Ask anyone for help with anything, but make sure they have the proper skills to do it properly’. 

She thought this was very intimidating. 

Now, if you have a problem, and you’re struggling to find someone who can help, don’t be afraid of asking for help and ask for a lift. 

Try to get your own hands on a workshop or two, and have a look around to see if anyone is available to help. 

Some tips from a friend of mine: If it’s something you can’t make yourself, ask a friend. 

Once you’ve asked someone for help, they will probably be able to help you with the project. 

Another thing you can do is ask for some advice. 

For instance, my friend Sarah has a craft blog called Crafting with Craft, and if you’re looking for advice on making something, she can help.

She also has a Facebook page where she posts crafts and DIY projects. 

Lastly, remember, if someone is doing a project for you, it doesn’t necessarily have to be handmade. 

In fact, many times, the best craft projects are created by someone else. 

A friend of my friend’s made a simple wooden deck, and asked for some help.

The result was so much more than I expected, and the whole thing was done on a day that he was out with his family, but he made the project look effortless and easy. 

Finally, remember that it’s your job to make the project you’re making. 

No matter what, if the finished product is something you’re proud of, you deserve it.