Willow Crossley has a background in design. After a degree in fashion journalism at the London University of the Arts, she worked on magazines before moving to the south of France. From here she began her online business Willow Rose Boutique, selling her word art designs, fabric-covered books and bespoke jewellery. Her first book, The Art of Handmade Living, was published by CICO Books in 2012. Her popular blog is www.willowroseboutique.blogspot.co.uk The author is based in Oxfordshire.