This year we are starting a fresh with our resolution and putting our creative hats on in order to set up a future business for both myself and Kyd with help from the M&S Bank's #MakeASwitch campaign.
Learning new crafts and skills is something in which I have always been really into and so after creating my WHOLE wedding from upcycled charity shop finds in 2013, I knew what I wanted to do, I just didn't have the confidence to do them for others. Soon, Kyd showed just as much interest in creating things as I (see my last post) and a new idea was created in my head.
TOGETHER WE CAN!
M&S Bank have been sponsoring Bloggers who want a fresh start this January by making their dreams come true and giving them a leg up on the ladder of success in 2016. We were one of the lucky blogs to be involved with tehis amazing opportunity and I am so grateful for their support. Whether the new year adventure was to lose weight and get healthy like Mummy Barrow, Start up a new business like Cookies and Fluff or learn a new skill like ourselves, M&S Bank have said TOGETHER WE CAN and hitched us up to that first rung of that ladder and high fived us on the way.
Kyd and I received the most amazing starter pack of tools (better than anything most professionals start with) and obviously we didn't hesitate to get started. Together with our mentor Simon Campbell, a superb Oxfordshire carpenter, we were well on our way on our journey to carpentry success. We can work from home on days in which Kyd is poorly, we can work in Simon's workshop on days in which he's not. We can do it after school, at the weekend. I can do it whilst the kids are at school or are in bed, the opportunities to work a craft business are endless for people with quite specific health problems. It is the way forward and I am excited for the future.
Soon we will have our makes in our online shop and in a few local shops too (hopefully). We have been commissioned to make a few items already and are currently learning the skills to do so. The money we make will be going to buy extra tools and then into Kyd's 'Future Fund' in which he will have the means for a fully independent adult life, however he decides to live it. This is the most important part of our journey.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank M&S Bank for believing in the idea of Kyd developing his independence and life skills and for giving us that step up to do so.
Wish us luck folks, keep an eye out for our shop launch coming soon.