I am really excited about this post and I am hoping to make it a regular feature as a few Mamas Makers have very kindly shared their story with me and will be featured in the near future.
So first up, I am very happy to introduce Jenny from Rhubarb Hill Crafts. Her work is simply gorgeous and she works from her craft room in Dorset. When I first came across Jenny's page, I fell in love with the alpacas and have already ordered the little caravan for my Mum! Enjoy.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I mainly get my inspiration whilst out on my dog walks around the countryside. I might spot a woodland animal or see the clouds rolling in and I think, 'I could make a cute version of that!' My son is great as well as he often thinks of great ideas and asks if I could make it. Doughnuts were one of his great recent suggestions.
What do you create?
I create cute gifts, decor and jewellery all from polymer clay.
How do you juggle being a Mum and a maker?
I juggle being a maker, a part time teacher and a mama by being very organised with my time. I plan meticulously when I will get things done and I make lists and lists of lists😉 I also am a night owl which means I can work late after my son has gone to sleep. Chocolate and a cup of tea help in the wee small hours if I am flagging.
Why do you do this?
I do this firstly because it's my passion to make cute makes that I love and then that others love as well. I also do it because it means I can afford to stay part time and at least be able to pick up my son from school some days (it's a long bus drive for him otherwise). I also do this because I have seen how it inspires my son to be creative and to see that you can achieve so much if you follow your dreams and work at what you love.
It's also inspired my hubby to join me as a fellow maker and he's now making amazing scented candles. My son helps out with both our makes and can't wait to join our career path when he grows up.
Best piece of advice for other Mamas.
My best piece of advice for other mama makers - the housework can wait!!! Have another cuddle, make something new, play another game but don't do the dusting today. 😉
I hope you have enjoyed reading this as much as I did. If you would like to see more of Jenny's crafts take a look at her Instagram page:
If you are a Mama who makes and would like to be featured please email me - firstname.lastname@example.org