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
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!!
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.
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’ve been thinking about writing a blog for such a long time!! I’ve finally taken the leap and hoping or the best. I’ve been really inspired by superbusymum.net I love reading her blog, it really has motivated me to finally get up and running.
WISH ME LUCK!!!
I’m not really sure what to write, so forgive me if I waffle on!
I’ve been deliberating what my blog “topic” is going to be, and I finally decided to write about my family business- Chloivia.
Chloiva is a family business established since August 2014. The name is derived from our 2 daughters Chloe and Olivia.
The business came about from a need to obtain a gift for my daughter. However, having searched extensively I finally resorted to making one instead. As a result of positive feedback from family and friends, I decided to experiment with gift ideas, that I hoped would appeal to my customers.
I thoroughly enjoy making all my items. I started off with hairbands and hair accessories but I love experimenting and trying out new crafts.
in the future my plan for my blog up to now is to now is to share my new makes, share tutorials, and share and review new crafts and products. I will also make recommendations where and when I feel it is necessary.
If anybody has any hints or tips for me or you are interested in me doing a product review, please contact me either through my blog, through Facebook (Facebook.com/chloivia) or over at chloivia.com.