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Growing Up

My little boy is having his last day in nursery tomorrow before the summer holidays and then will be full time in September. Now as a self employed lady, this is a brilliant thing because I will now be able to work days instead of nights, but as a Mum, who will no longer have any more babies. This is so so sad.

He is my baby. The youngest of my 3 children and with no more babies coming my way, it’s the realisation that this is it. He’s going to big school. I want to hold his hand forever but I guess that won’t be possible. How long before he doesn’t want to kiss me at the school gates? How long till he doesn’t want to sit and have cuddles with Mum? It’s going to break my heart.

I am so very proud of my babies and I love them with all my heart but I guess they have to grow up sometime. Tomorrow is his last day and I’m going to be a total wreck. I’m normally quite hidden with my emotion and I treat every day the same but tomorrow will be different.

Harry and I spend Monday evening making a present for his teacher. He drew a picture and then we painted it together, then I used the soldering iron to write on the wood. We loved it but Harry couldn’t wait till the last day to give it to his teacher, so we gave it to her this morning. She was so touched. She’s such an amazing teacher. He’s only going to the class next door but it’s such a huge change. Oh my baby boy xxxxxx

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New recruits :-)

We are very pleased to welcome a new artist to our studio tomorrow. We understand that they volunteer for a small production theatre company and this lady has been responsible for putting most of their props together. I have invited her to come along to our studio because I have already seen what she is capable of and want to help her grow her skills further. I’m looking forward to working with her as I’m sure she can also open my eyes to a few things in the prop making world. I have also told her to bring along some of her on-going projects for us to take a look at and see if there is anything we can do to help.

With my Prop Making business, this is what I want to do. I love the idea of like minded students/individuals coming to my studio and working together. I understand that this lady is also self taught just like me so it’s a great way to get stuck in.

At the end of the day this job is my passion and if I can share that then I’m more then happy too.

If anyone is interested or you know someone who is interested in doing a little work experiences it us, then get in touch.

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Getting a business off the ground!!

As this is a new business venture, I have been doing the right thing and letting all the theatre groups, companies, burlesque dancers know I exist. Some emails I receive back are positive and the companies are excited to hear that there is someone like me near them, and then other emails ask me for a list of shows I have supplied, but being a new business, I don’t have this sort of list yet, isn’t that what I’m trying to achieve? And because I can not supply a ‘List’ I hear nothing back. these companies arnt even big. You’d think being small that they would want to save money and support a local business, but I guess I’ve been wrong.

So I guess it’s back to reminding companies that I am here, getting the word out and shouting my name from the roof tops. As it’s only me and my daughter so far, making these items, I still need to take it slow, but how on earth am I meant to get work if these companies don’t give me the time of day. They havnt even seen my work yet.

On the other hand, 1 theatre group seems extremely keen to meet me, they have seen some of my work and they seem pleased. I don’t know what they want from me yet, but what ever it is I am so excited to find out. As Stacey would say “Onwards and Upwards” 🙂

So here’s to getting bigger, better and more skilled at what I do. This is my passion, my dream, my job and my skill. I love what I do and work every day. Surly this will come to something,

won’t it???

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Full time Mums are NOT suitable for this job!!

Being dyslexic I use to get a lot of people telling me I couldn’t do something, I’m use to it, I like to prove them wrong though but it’s not a very rare thing to hear.

But last year I was told the same thing for a very different reason indeed! I started sending out emails to studios and theatre companies around Wales, expressing my passion and desperate to learn more. I had a few replies, and they were all very positive. I became very excited and was raring to learn more about my skills. I went to one place towards the end of last year and was shown around and introduced to the people who worked then. Saw the amazing things they did and saw that it was all within my skill range. This got me very excited indeed.

Towards the end of my day there, I was approached by one of the members of staff. We got chatting and they then said to me
“You are not suitable for this sort of work, because you are a full time Mum”

Well I stood there in shock!! Not suitable? Really?

In February this year, my friend Stacey, owner of Revue Studios, Swansea, told me that the best form of revenge is success!!! How true she was. I have done really well so far and work bloody hard. When the studios open and the kids are in school or Adam is home from work, I’m working. I love it. Time flies. It really is my passion.

So here’s two fingers up to that person, and any other person out there who has been told they can’t do something, prove them wrong and shine!!!! We are all capable. People like that make me far more determined and I’m a much better person for it 😉

“These Hilts are made for playing”

Sat in my studio in Swansea, and I’ve just finished making the first of 50 hand made hilts for these swords. I have to say, I really enjoyed that!!! Now the pain staking task of letting it dry. As anyone who knows me, knows I have no patience what so ever!!!

I still have so much to do here, so much around me unfinished. What can I say except I love it 🙂

Off home now after our 6 hour shift. Not back now until Tuesday but my brain will still be ticking away as it does 😀

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