After a lovely break I’m happy to say my order book is open and I’m raring to go!! #chloiviacrafts #raringtogo #orderbookopen #smallbiz http://ow.ly/i/qqxlq
For Chloe’s 2nd birthday, we went to Drayton Manor and had a wonderful day, we decided to do the same for Olivia’s 2nd birthday and I am pleased to say we had a brilliant day!
We got there really early as we expected it to be really busy but it wasn’t to bad. We started by going round the zoo to look at the animals, Olivia loved looking at all the different animals; waving and saying “Hi” to every single one!!
Olivia was very niggly in the morning, as she is teething (again!), we managed to get her to have a rare nap, then we took it in turns to take Chloe on the rides. Chloe absolutely loved all the rides it was her first time to go on the big rides like Ben10 and the pirate ship etc. She loved them all and it was so nice to be able to run from ride to ride to ride laughing and giggling with her.
Once Olivia woke up, she was in a much better mood and loved the rides, the buffalo was his favourite, she giggled the whole time she was on there.
I must say the staff at Drayton Manor, from the start when I booked the tickets (I had quite a lot of trouble booking online) to when we left the park at 5:30 p.m. The staff were amazing; so friendly, helpful and interactive with the children, it made the day is so much more enjoyable, I can’t wait until I next visit thank you Drayton Manor.
The one question I get asked a LOT is; “How do you find the time to do what you do?” or when I’m at craft fairs “How do you have time to make all your items?” The short answer is – I make time!
The long answer? Read on…..
How do I make time?
I try to stick to a routine, it’s a very flexible routine, but a routine none the less. During school holidays the routine goes out of the window.
My day begins by getting the girls ready for the school run and out of the door by 8-20am – not as easy as it sounds, and most mornings we’re late! Everything always goes missing in the morning!! Shoes, bags, coats and hair brushes – we own about 5 hair brushes of various shapes and sizes, but can never find one on school mornings!! It drives me mad!!!
Once I get home from the school run, it’s breakfast time and breakfast number 2 for Olivia! Whilst I eat, I check emails and social media etc. After breakfast we either go to a toddler group or I get some housework done.
At lunch time Olivia used to have a nap and I would get some work done – with this morning on in the background (as you do)
Olivia now doesn’t have a nap, which makes it harder, but she is very good at occupying herself; I have now learnt how to juggle making things or working on my laptop and playing with dolls, lego, etc (with Peppa pig on in the background).
If you ever receive an order with lego instead of buttons, I can only apologise!
Olivia will soon be starting Pre-School, so the routine will be changing again!
At 3pm we go and collect Chloe from school, and I don’t get a lot of work done until they go to bed at around 7pm. Once they are in bed I can dive into my work and will work until around 10/11 pm. Sometimes I go to bed and continue to work if I’m struggling to sleep.
So there you have it, that’s how I juggle being a work at home Mum, it’s not easy, but I love it!!
On Friday the 8th of April we went to Lower Drayton Farm, but this was no ordinary day out. I decided earlier on in the week that I would take the girls out for the day and decided on Lower Drayton Farm.
Well Friday morning came and I’d had about 2 hours sleep, I suffer from restless legs syndrome (RLS) and had been really suffering that night, so when I woke up after 2 hours sleep, I was exhausted, my mood was very low, and the last thing I wanted to do was go out for the day. My mum was staying with us and insisted we go out I know she wanted to get me out of the house as it would do me good it didn’t feel like that at the time. I also didn’t want to let the girls down.
Anyway we all got ready, which always seems to take forever; packed lunches, drinks, coats, changing bag, wellies and a change of clothes it felt like we were going for a week!
We arrived at the very muddy lower Drayton farm, and went into the shop to buy our tickets. We were greeted by a lovely lady, she was very welcoming, and took time to answer any questions we had. On that particular day the weather was looking particularly gloomy, and the forecast was rain, because of this we were given a family pass to visit the farm Again.
While we were buying our tickets the tractor have just returned and was getting ready to go again, so we hopped on board the trailer for our tour of Lower Drayton Farm. This was my favourite part of the day mainly because the girls behaved!
We got taken around the cowsheds where farmer Ray talked about the Combine Harvester, the cows, what they eat, where there milk goes etc. Next we went into a big field, still on the tractor and we were able to see and feed the Emu’s, black sheep, ponies, llamas, alpacas etc. and Farmer Ray explained all about them. I personally found his talk very informative and educational! He was also very friendly and jovial.
When we got back to the farm we had some lunch and then went to look at all the other animals, the girls were able to bottle feed the goats and sheep, Chloe held a guinea pig, Olivia prodded and poked said guinea pig, Olivia got pecked by a hen – her own fault she was told not to put her fingers in the pen.
After an enjoyable play on the play area it was time to take 2 grumpy, whingy, tired girls home. Thank you Lower Drayton Farm we had a lovely time and can’t wait for our next visit.
Although the girls were grumpy, whingy, moany and very tired by the end of the day, I did have a good day and I am glad I went. A lot of people don’t understand that with depression, even getting out of bed in the morning is hard work, leaving the house is even harder, so for me to go to the farm on that day was a big achievement!
Most people’s dream is to have lots of money, a big house and flash cars etc.
This isn’t my dream at all!
My number one dream of all time is to be happy – anything else is a bonus, and at this moment in time I’m living the dream, because I am happy.
The next item on my dream, list and where I would love to be in 10 years time is in our own home, with a little bit of land (enough for a few animals) I would also love to be able to run a B&B only a small one maybe 3 or 4 rooms! At the moment this isn’t looking likely to happen but anything can happen in 10 years… I can make it happen!!!
To make my dream come true (hopefully) I will dive into blogging which will hopefully get my business name out there which will hopefully drive people to my online shops – I’m feeling quite hopeful – can you tell?
My plan at the moment is to carry on what I love doing – crafting and writing; see where it takes me and go from there.
As they say Rome wasn’t built in a day; it’s the same for a business, it takes time for a business to establish and grow. At times it’s extremely frustrating but I just have to stop and think! A lot of patience is needed to say the least.
I’ll write back in 10 years and let you know if I got my dream 🙂
This is just a bit of a random blog so you can get to know me a bit better 🙂
1- I am the youngest of 3 children.
2- I was born in 1987.
3- My middle name is Margaret Anne- named after my Nans on both sides.
4- I am 5ft 4″.
5- I have lived in Northern Ireland.
6- I spent most of my childhood in Blackpool.
7- I was born in York.
8- I had my tonsils out when I was 3- and I remember it well!!!
9- I’m easy to please- I don’t need much to be happy.
10- When I was younger I used to have a hamster, rabbit, 2 chinchillas and 2 goldfish in my bedroom.
11- I am very independant and very stubborn!!
12- I eat chocolate everyday!!!
13- I like to think I am a very creative person
14- As a child I wanted to be a vet when I grew up.
15- I am very self conscious.
16- My favourite cartoon as a child was Popeye.
17- I drink quite a lot of tea.
18- I always laugh when people fall over- can’t help it!
19- All my crafting skills are self taught.
20- My family mean the world to me.
When you start a business, your business obviously needs a name. In my case Chloivia.
I chose my business name weeks / months before I knew what the business was going to be. The name Chloivia came about because I wanted a name which was quirky and unique. Chloivia is my daughters names merged into one: Chloe + Olivia = Chloivia.
Not only did I choose a name that was quirky and unique, but it is also a talking point. I often get asked why I chose Chloivia and what it means.
I love the name Chloivia because it is so unique 🙂
I’ve decided to make a comeback to blogging- not that I really got going to begin with!!
I took a break to work on my craft business, and now I understand what I’m doing with my online shops (I think!) – I’m able to make some time for blogging. I’ve now researched blogging more, and have a better understanding of what is involved.
I’ve also got my little notebook with my blogging ideas, product review ideas and blogs already jotted down; so this time it won’t be a case of writing 1 blog and not writing another one for months! This time I will hopefully be more organised!!
Oh and I think I may have caught the blogging bug 😉
In this blog I have decided to write about why I started up Chloivia.
It all started on the 23rd of August 2014! I’d been searching high and low for a frozen hairband for Chloe (my eldest daughter and hence the chlo in Chloivia.)I couldn’t find one anywhere. So I searched good old ebay and came across some frozen ribbon and some plain headbands. I remember sitting there on the 23rd of August not knowing what on on earth I was going to do with this ribbon. Well I managed to transform it into a lovely headband, which Chloe loved and still does!!
As I have mentioned previously I received some lovely comments from family and friends, and so I decided to make some items to sell.
That’s the reason I started Chloivia, but the reason I carried on with my venture was because it helped (and still does help) with my post natal depression (PND). It gives my brain something else to think about, it makes me happy and I thoroughly enjoy crafting!
I say crafting as I don’t just make hair accessories anymore, I make a wide array of alsorts of different crafts.
I was diagnosed with PND in April/May 2014 shortly after Olivia was born (my youngest daughter and hence the ivia in Chloivia). I realised hat I had gone way past the stage of “baby blues” and wanting to cry was not normal”!!
I’ll never forget the day I was diagnosed. I can’t remember the date but it was a Friday. I had fought the tears all the way to school, dropped chloe off, got back in to the car and sobbed. About 20 minutes later, after I managed to compose myself, I phoned the doctors and managed to get a cancellation- it was meant to be!! I don’t know about you but I believe in fate!!!
I am still being treated for PND- it has been a long and windy road and I don’t know when/if it will end- but I WILL keep fighting!!
I just want to point out that PND or even depression is an invisible illness and unless you’ve had it, it is very hard to understand it. PND/depression etc is not an excuse, it’s an illness and people like myself cannot help it if we are having an off day or one minute we’re fine and the next we’re in tears- it’s all part of the illness and unfortunately it cannot be helped!!!
During my first 12 months of Chloivia I have met some friends for life and people that actually understand! My family and my doctor have been amazing too!!
(You know who you are – thank you!!!)
A couple of months ago I was looking for another branch to jump onto, another platform to sell on. I have already set up my items on a couple of platforms including Etsy, but I felt I needed something else! I put the question out there on a Facebook group and a lovely lady replied asking me to have a look at Conscious Crafties
Hmmm I thought- that’s not one I’ve heard of. I popped over and the first thing I read was
“Dedicated craft selling site, supporting people who are chronically ill, disabled or caring for those affected.”
Now people may read that and think- but Becky, your not chronically ill, disabled or a carer so why even bother to apply?
This thought also crossed my mind. PND is a chronic illness and like I said earlier, it’s invisible!! A chronic illness is an illness that persists for more than 3 months. I’ve had PND for over 12 months!!
Anyway I filled the form in and I thought, the worst they can say is no!! But within minutes I had a lovely message welcoming me on board.
Conscious Crafties is a lovely platform to be on and I highly recommend it to anyone. There is so much love and support on there! I love it. Thank you for being so welcoming supportive and there when I need to talk etc!!
Well that’s all from me for now, I’ve probably bored you to death and if you’ve read until the end you deserve a medal xxx
I had been thinking about opening an Etsy shop for a while and after going to a few craft fairs and selling next to nothing!!! I decided to go for it. It was hard work I’m not going to lie but hopefully it will pay off. I’ve managed to list 50 items with an average of 3 photos on each- WOW thats a lot of photos!!! I’ve tried to describe as accuretely as possible including measurements, colours, how the item is used etc. In my opinion, I think the key to Etsy is clear photo’s and lots of them and NETWORKING!! I don’t think any craft business would work without networking!! I try and use all the social networking platforms, but I’m still getting used to most of them!!!
This morning when I woke up; I checked my phone (as you do) and it said 1 new order- I thought I was seeing things!!! I thought it would be about 6 weeks or maybe more before I would get an order, it just shows the bar work really does pay off. To top it off the lady who ordered from me only lives 5 minutes away and because I was happy to refund the postage, she ordered something else!!!
So to say today has been a good crafting day is an understatement!!!!
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