‘From the kitchen table’ …
A long, long time ago, or so it seems, I had a proper job, as a Head of Department in Local Government. I’d achieved all my career goals and had a wonderful little girl and should have been living happily ever after.
But that wasn’t to be….
I was working all hours
Dropping my daughter at childcare every day, going to work being first in and last out. Picking my daughter up, passing her to a babysitter and going to evening meetings!
She spent more time with other people than with me!
So I left and became a stay at home mum and threw myself into that 100%.
It took a long time to find my next adventure….
My jewellery making started as a hobby – at the kitchen table!
In 2012 I started my Silver and Stone Jewellery business making jewellery
I thought it would be a nice balance of work and homelife, I could do it at the kitchen table and put it away at night
The first things I started to make were silver fingerprint keepsakes which were a great start. However, In 2013 I was offered a job back at the council and thought it would be nice to have a bit of money and get back to my career!! I spent 18 months trying to do 2 jobs, one very left brain and one very creative. Sadly it just didn’t work, I loved both jobs but I realised I needed to commit fully to one and give it a go! I finally chose the jewellery and went for it !
In September 2014 I got a call out of the blue from Amazon local to see if I could put together a silver ring making workshop. It was an opportunity out of the blue, but it felt like a good omen. So I took a risk; converted my shed to a studio so that I had somewhere to work and somewhere to run workshops, and once again, I went for it! That led me on the path that I’m on today…..I have been running those workshops since 2014! They are still very popular, but they have evolved over the years.
I did so many courses I became very experienced in teaching and making rings; it was a great grounding for the next stage of my business growth.
By June 2015 I started to think seriously about getting a studio and moving workshops away from home, I was feeling independent and wanted a bit of distance between home and work but I still wanted a balance between family and home.
After a search for premises I found a place a could afford, and opened my new studio at Skipwith, a few miles away from home. It was bigger than home and it was my quiet place. Within 9 months though I’d outgrown it and moved to a far larger studio at Riccall Grange, where I am today. I’ve been here 4 years now, and I’ve loved it all. There’s lots of room for my workshops, my office space and storage. Plus plenty of space to display my stock to sell. I’m very happy here, its peaceful, yet there’s other businesses around, good access and parking and its on the edge of Skipwith common, where I love to walk!
2020 has brought the need for some help! I have lots of ideas that I want to progress, so I have brought in some help.
My journey certainly hasn’t stopped. There are always challenges, always new ideas and opportunities – I’m looking forward to seeing what 2020 and beyond brings.