Welcome to the Beanstalk Keepsakes blog. I won't just be posting about our products we promise. I wanted to give you a bit more so you will see posts on what to do in the local area, craft projects you can do with the kiddies, keepsakes you can make from home and you'll get to hear a bit more about me and my life as a work from home Mum. Hope you enjoy my posts. Feel free to comment on any post and leave your feedback.
Hi I’m Lisa, owner of Beanstalk Keepsakes and this is my journey….
A year ago almost to the day I found out I was being made redundant. I had only just returned to work having been off for 9 months on maternity leave. In fact I got the call to say my job was at risk the week before I returned to work. This was devastating news for me. I loved my job and I loved the people I worked with. Things had changed though. I now had my little boy who was my world and I would have much rather been able to stay at home to look after him than go back to work but bills needed to be paid and I needed to get a little bit of me back.
I went through the next couple of months feeling rather stressed about how I was going to find a job that fitted around family life. I looked into various options as I really only wanted to work part time. Full time was not an option for me as I needed to spend time with Jack and try to keep that work/life balance. I eventually found somewhere that took me on four days a week leaving me free to spend Fridays with my Jack. Everything was perfect again, it was a job doing what I do with the opportunity to develop other skills in digital marketing. I was delighted.
Something was still missing though. I really felt that I was missing out on time bringing up my child. I only saw him for five minutes in the morning before I sped off to work. Evenings are a little easier as I finish at 4pm so get to spend a few hours with him then. But it’s the guilt! If you’re a parent you’ll understand this. You feel guilty about just everything! Guilty about failing at breastfeeding and having to bottle feed, guilty about wanting a bit of me time, guilty about going away for the weekend and guilty about going to work. Even though you have no other choice.
It was a few months into my new job that I started to explore other options. I had always wanted to work for myself but never had the confidence or the ‘business idea’. When one of my colleagues came into the office one day and showed off the new charm on her bracelet something went ‘ping’ in my head. She had this stunning footprint charm dangling off her Pandora bracelet. The charm had her daughter’s footprint on it. It really bugged me how it was made.
I went home and did a lot of research. How is it done? Can you make this as a business? Is there a market for it? That is when I stumbled across The Keepsake Association and the owner Victoria Casebourne. I had lots of questions I needed answers to! Both Victoria and her colleague Sam were very helpful and supportive. They gave me all the information I needed. I did the discovery call, talked everything over with my husband and family and after much consideration decided to jump on board.
The Keepsake Association offer a number of business start up packages to help like minded women like myself get started on their very own keepsake business. The support from Victoria and the team is invaluable, as is the private Facebook group you get access to when you become a member. The ladies in this group are so very special. We are all in the same situation and share tips and give each other support. I really could not have got where I am today without them.
So here I am, the past few months have been about learning the skills I need to make theses fabulous products, developing my own product ideas, working on my website (which I am ever so proud of) and starting to get my name out there. Oh and lots of tears, swearing and smiles along the way plus being made redundant for the second time in a year (not stressing this time)! I could not have done this without my husbands support and a bit of investment from my parents (thanks Dad). I will be forever grateful for that. And hopefully this will give me the flexibility I crave so that I can also enjoy being a mummy.
Please join me on my journey. I will try to post regularly about how I am getting on, craft tips and tutorials, things to do with the children and anything else that pops into my head. Let me know if there is anything you want to hear about.