I’ll be the first to admit I know hardly anything about Witch Craft. So when the opportunity came up this week to feature Sami from The Magick Emporium in my Creative Corner series. I just had too. It’s an interesting read and her work is unique and beautiful. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Don’t forget to check out the fab giveaway at the bottom of the post.
1. Introduce yourself.
Hi, I am Sami and I am a Witch. I have practiced Witchcraft without being aware of it since I was very young. It was only in the last few years that I knew the Label for it, and that all of my collecting, drying out and mixing of flowers and herbs was actually real Witchcraft.
2. Tell us a bit about The Magick Emporium.
I love creating things for other people, and wanted to spread the love and light I create with the things I make all around the world.
3. What made you start The Magick Emporium?
I have always wanted to have my own business, and have always been really creative, so I enjoy making things to sell. My two loves combined created the Magick Emporium.
4. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?
I have performed many relevant roles within my career such as Customer Services and Retail Management, so I have experience in those areas, however in the majority of the business, I am self taught.
5. Explain your creative process.
When I am creating a new product, I think about what I would like to have myself. Then I think about how I am going to develop it, think it through step by step, changing it as I go along if I need to. Once I’ve had a go through it, I ask for some input from my Study Group. I ask if they have any ideas, input for it, and what they think of the ideas. Then I put together some samples, see how it feels. I send a few out, for feedback, and develop from there.
6. Describe your typical day.
I am a work at home mum, so on working days, when both children are at the childminder, I can work on Rolling candles, making new Oil Blends, researching new ideas, following new people on Instagram and catching up on custom orders, which is the majority of what I do.
7. What’s your biggest seller?
Currently it is the Witch Ball of Psychic Protection. It is a Glass ball, with various herbs and crystals inside, said to aid against Psychic Attack. There are other parts of the ‘Hexbreaker’ Range which can go with it too.
8. What have been the high and low points of running The Magick Emporium?
High points are the good feedback I get when people appreciate the hard work I put in to things I make for them, and the WunjoBox or Box of Joy. I love creating those. Low points, when sales aren’t coming in do make me wonder if it is worth the hard work. But when I get those sales, it makes it all worthwhile.
9. What would be your top tips for running your own creative business?
You most definitely get back what you put in to it. When I am feeling low, and don’t have the energy to work at new things, or social media, it all shows in the lack of sales. When I work hard, even if it seems like I am just browsing Facebook or Instagram, it is all about getting the name out there, and finding new things to make for people.
10. What are your aspirations?
I am building The Magick Emporium to include many other people who make similar items, all with Love and Light. Everything is hand made in the UK. I have started including others such as The Druid’s Kitchen, Hedgewitch Harvest and Sparkyle.
11. Where can we find you?
TheMagickEmporium.co.uk | Facebook.com/TheMagickEmporiumUK | Instagram.com/TheMagickEmporium
Sami has kindly offered to run a giveaway for a WunjoBox – Box of Joy. There are 3 prizes up for grabs – a £5 value, £10 value and £20 value.
The WunjoBox, also known as the “Box of Joy” was one of the original ideas that helped to launch The Magick Emporium.
The £5 mini box will have 3 items from the £2 range, picked at random.
The £10 box – three items from the £2 range, and 2 from the £3 range, with a little extra surprise.
The £20 box will have all the items above plus extras, guaranteed to be worth more than £20 if all sold separately.
These boxes are named after the Rune for Joy, and that is certainly what we hope to achieve with them.
You can enter multiple times using the entry options shown. The winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter and The Magick Emporium will contact you to send the prize. Full terms and conditions can be found in the widget.
One of three WunjoBox – no monetary exchange available
Contest is open until Midnight Tuesday 18th September
Distribution of prizes is the responsibility of The Magick Emporium
Craft with Cartwright cannot be held responsible for lost prizes
All winner decisions are final – the winner has 48 hours to claim or a new winner will be drawn
UK Entrants Only