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I was in the February class of Set Up Shop and you critiqued my shop “Ruby’s Quilts and Cushions” on madeit.

The course was invaluable as was your critique. I had set up shop on madeit last July and didn’t have a clue!

Your critique of my shop was extremely objective and helpful and I am continually working to improve my photography and make product changes/additions as well.

I am getting a lot of referrals and enquiries now and also set up on Etsy, which I would not have contemplated prior to the course or your critique. You have given me the confidence to keep going.

Many thanks, Chris Powley


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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.