About the Crafty Bums
My name is Jodi and I'm a 28 year old mommy of 2 gorgeous little girls, Evelyn and Rose. The funny thing is, I was never arty or creative before I had children. After my A levels, I went on to university and studied Finance & Accounting and on completion of my degree I took a job in a bank spending most of my time working with numbers...not at all creative eh?!
In June 2010 I was preparing to go on maternity leave for the 2nd time, not wanting to experience the PND I suffered following the birth of Evelyn I decided I needed a hobby to keep me busy. My first thought was that I would like to make a patchwork quilt for each of my girls, I'm not actually sure where this idea came from now, but I ordered some fabric, bought a sewing machine and my mom showed me the basics.
Around this time I joined Crafty bums on BC, I found a lovely group of ladies who were all crafting with little ones. I got lots of lovely comments about my quilts and ended up making a few for others...the feedback was fantastic and suddenly I was sewing every night once Evelyn was in bed. Then came the idea that this could work as a small business, so a website was set up, a facebook page created and Cuddlebums was born, followed in quick succession by my 2nd daughter Rose.
Orders were steadily coming in and by Christmas lots of other bums were starting their own businesses, mostly selling through facebook – some with websites and always offering each other support and inspiration. (and a shoulder to cry on when you are having a bad day!) Who would have thought a business could be born on a whim?
Cuddlebums is now over a year old, and we have just started an online fabric shop stocking beautiful cotton prints. My plans for the future? Who knows! Crafting full-time would be fantastic or a little fabric shop with my sewing machine in the corner, but my first priority is giving my girls everything they need to grow up happy and healthy.
And the PND...it didn't return after I'd had Rose and I truly believe this is due to my crafting. So for anyone out there going through a tough time it's something I thoroughly recommend - there's a craft out there for everyone!
My name is Clare and I'm mum to Megan and Charlie. I have always been a bit creative, specialising in Art and Design at school and eventually studying a Fine Art degree at Surrey Institute of Art And Design (now the University of the Creative Arts). After finishing my degree I went off on a tangent a bit with a career in retail management with a supermarket and then a DIY chain. In 2002 I had my daughter Megan and went back to work but this time as a kitchen and bathroom showroom manager so the creative me came back designing customers ideas and putting onto paper. I had been at the same company since I was at school so in 2006, after 14 years decided I needed a change, then redundancy came up. I took it and retrained as a plumber working with a small team of lads and in contrast to my previous job, taking the customers design plans and making them reality.
All was going well and just about to start my gas course when I found out in 2009 that I was pregnant again with my son Charlie. After a lot of discussion I decided to give up work and become a full time mum. I was a member of an online forum affectionately known as BC. After a while of being at home on my own with a small child the inevitable cabin fever set in and I needed an outlet. I discovered the Crafty Bums group and soon became addicted. I hadn't sewn much since I was at school. However, I made the rite of passage 'bunny' and then started making my own things, a few comforters and bibs, then got a few orders from other members.
My husband bought me a lovely new sewing machine and growing in confidence, I decided to take the plunge and set up Funky Elephant in January 2011 and haven't looked back. I enjoy what I do and love the fact I can work it around my children. My head is bursting with new things I want to try, now if only I can find out how to add more hours to the day...
I am a 30 year mum of one who has always been extremely artistic and creative, I have always had a passion for drawing but with my nans help at the age of ten I started knitting teddy bears to a very simple Jean Greenhowe pattern.
Through school years, friends and family would often get glued together items made from random scraps of paper, chopped up cardboard boxes as well as painted stones, drawings and of course the lovely knitted bears. I finished school and decided to take an Art and Design course for two years which found me specialising in sculpture, I did a lot of metal work and learned some amazing skills as well as how to use a 'proper' camera.
After finishing college I promptly became a secretary, drawing in my own time and taking on a few commissions, I went through a mad paper phase where I often sat making hundreds of my own beads, which I still sell today. When I finally moved into my own home my knitting obsession soon came back and my house was constantly full of different toy knitting patterns.
In 2009 I had my beautiful daughter, having some time on my hands whilst on maternity leave I started to play around with other ideas, I knitted some beautiful simple booties but soon wanted to get back to my beloved toys, but decided to try my hand at something new, sewing!
I can honestly say I have not stopped sewing now since 2009, I adore banging away on my machine creating beautiful items for people, I also have an overwhelming large stash of fabric which I am sure I will never use but is ever so pretty!
My plans for the future are to be able to Craft full time and be there to watch my beautiful daughter grow up, to live happily and healthy doing something which not only I am passionate about doing myself but love watching other people learn and grow as crafters themselves.