Well here I am at long last! Blogging is a whole new world to me so bare with me!
Florence and Grace is 4 today!! So what better time to start. I thought I'd share with you how it all started.
Having my own small craft business has been a long and winding road and an ambition of mine for years (since wanting to be a Blue Peter presenter when I was little) so finally I set up my cutting and sticking dream. My own little cottage industry, run from my kitchen, so I could stay at home with my 3 babies, Isaac, Kitty and Minny (photos to follow!), while him-in-doors works very hard to make it all possible.
Much to many peoples surprise (mainly my childrens) I did work once! I was a textile designer, for many years, which was my dream job. This time just added to my love of fabrics and all things touchy feely and made me vow that one day I would set up on my own, making things that I would like in my home, for others.
I moved on from textile design into the wonderful world of marketing. I slogged to get the highest professional marketing qualifications then my maternal clock tocked and Isaac came along. One look at that little face and I vowed that I would have to be dragged over hell and high water to be parted from him. So after putting off getting a "real" job by having two more children, the time has come and florenceandgrace was born.
So, 4 years ago, when my youngest daughter started school I started working at Florence and Grace full time, making hand made and painted personalised signs and bunting. It is a dream come true, to be able to work from home doing something I love. Being your own boss isn't easy, and working at home can be lonely, but I wouldn't change it for the world.
I started from my kitchen table, moved into the garage and then my lovely 'sheshed'. Every piece is handmade to order, and I take time, care and attention to make each piece perfectly. It’s not always a quick process, but my customers often feedback on my high quality craftsmanship and customer service, which I take great pride in.
Where possible I use eco friendly products in the process. The paints are from Earthborn and are hardwearing, highly breathable with no horrible smells or emissions and our packaging is recycled or recyclable.
Without my loyal and wonderful customers this wouldn't have been possible. Small businesses like mine rely on lovely people to support them by buying their products and spreading the word! Did you know every time we get an order we do a little dance?!
I'm looking forward to man more years and seeing how my business can grow. Sign up for my newsletters and follow me here and on social media to see new products, offers and what I get up to!
Welcome to my world. Come with me along my journey, it could be bumpy so hold on tight!!!