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20 facts about me…..

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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.

 

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The meaning behind it all….

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The meaning behind it all….

 

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’m Back…..

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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 😉

Why I started my business.

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Why I started my business.

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!!

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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!!!)

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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.

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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

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ETSY!!

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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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