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Say Hello to the New C&T Right-Hand Gal – Grace Gulley!


Hey Thrivers!

I’m so happy to be introducing you to my new assistant today!

First – I’d like to take this opportunity to give my enormous gratitude to my dear friend and outgoing assistant – Kath Chown.

Kath really helped me to grow C&T and the Thriver Circle this year – she was my confidant, sounding board, help in all things, and all-around wonderful person to have by my side. Thank you, Kath, for everything you’ve done not only for me – but for the whole C&T community. I’m so thankful we live in the same city and can still have our regular brunches! xx

Second – let me say I was blown away by the number of amazing people who applied for this job – truly, I’m honoured that so many of you love what I do here so much that you wanted to help me create it. Immense thanks to each and every one of you – it was super hard to choose just one of you – I wish my quest for world domination was a bit further ahead so I could hire a whole team of you! 😉

Finally – I’d love it if you would all please say a warm hello to my new right-hand gal – Grace Gulley.

Grace hails from the West Coast of the USA, and runs two amazing projects of her own as well as helping me here – the CYL Collective; and her own handmade business, Lark + Arrow. If you take a peek at both of those, you’ll see that not only does Grace have a deep passion for her own craft + business, she’s also deeply committed to supporting and inspiring female creatives… which, among other things, is what makes her perfect for her role here with me at C&T.

She’ll be working behind-the-scenes – finding amazing creatives to feature on the blog and podcast – and she’ll also be working closely with the members of the Thriver Circle on a daily basis. You can get in touch with her via email at

But enough of my rambling, here’s a little hello from Grace in her own words…

Jess x


Hello all!

I’m Grace, fellow artisan and small business owner. My creative journey has been a long-time in the making. Like many other creatives who are searching for their artistic identity, I dabbled in everything, but never excelled in anything. It took finding a creative community to find my place and lead me to my craft. That craft was, and is, the recently-revived art of knotting, macrame! It quite literally roped me in (excuse the cheesy pun).

I am so excited to be here with all of you Creators and Thrivers!

Finding your craft isn’t the only step in your artistic journey. It takes some serious know-how to run a successful business. And having a community to support and challenge you will help you along the way!

So here’s to all of us growing together, creating our futures, and thriving in our respective crafts.


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Jess Van Den is the editor of Create & Thrive, and has been a full-time creative entrepreneur since 2010. She makes eco-conscious, contemporary, handmade sterling silver jewellery under the Epheriell label, and blogs about her jewellery and other beautiful things at You can catch her on twitter @JessVanDen.

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