This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Lorna who works part time as a Community Support Worker. Her passion, however, is her handmade craft store, Simply Felt Ireland. I have found that the parents I have spoken to throughout this series, use their talents and hobbies to regain a part of their identity in the midst of parenting. Lorna has crafted a niche in the market with beautiful wool roving angels and fairies and other felt gifts for children including crowns and quiet books.
Time to own up! Lorna is my sister who you may remember I mentioned in Momma Deserves Something Pretty I’m amazed at her dedication and her talent. The beautiful angels and fairies she creates are expertly made. I asked her to take part in In Conversation With so that I could share her stunning talent with you. I often wonder with four children where she finds the time to indulge in a hobby she is so very talented at. I think that if you are talented at something like this, you will always try to find the time.
How many children do you have?
I have four children, two boys and two girls. They are 11, 8, 4, and the baby will be one in September.
What is your craft and what inspired you to start your online shop?
I make Felt Gifts and Wool Roving Angels. I sell my crafts through my Etsy Shop and take custom orders through my Facebook page. I’ve always been creative but Simply Felt Ireland was something that happened naturally. My husband bought me a sewing machine for my 40th birthday. I had this desire to start sewing even though I hadn’t done anything like this in years. I love working with felt and creating something new and unique.
Do you like what you do?
I love it. I love using felt and making something special. Especially when it’s a custom order and the client has an idea of what they are looking for, whether that is specific colours or a specific theme for an angel or fairy.
What do you do in order to maintain a healthy balance between your business and home life?
I’ll admit it is hard to find the time with four kids to be able to sit down at the sewing machine or with my materials. It’s easier to wait until there isn’t too much distraction, when it’s quieter, generally in the evening or when the kids are preoccupied with something else. I take any opportunity I can to start thinking my ideas through and plan ahead for my next project or craft so that when I do get the time to sit down and work, I’m not mulling things over, I know exactly what has to be done and do it!
The most challenging thing is the urge to make something. Generally, I like to make a new item or plan what I will do the following day or organise my materials. Every day, I make sure that I do something for Simply Felt Ireland. I need to keep creating, otherwise I get withdrawal symptoms!
But, I have to find the balance between home and hobby. I can’t put myself under pressure running around the house organising the family with dinners, clothes etc. just because I want to be at my sewing machine. I’d obviously love to sit in my work room all day but family comes first.
What is the best thing about being a Mum?
I love being a Mum. There are so many things! I love being with the kids, watching them grow. The new words that they learn, the little kisses they give. My kids have a way of showing me that they love me and appreciate what I do for them. Seeing them grow and seeing them have respect for others. Makes me believe that I’m doing something right.
What is your biggest fear as a Mum?
Their future. You can’t control that. My biggest fear is that they will fall in with the wrong crowd. For me, I find it important to give our kids the right values so that they can make the right decisions when they need to.
What are your hopes and dreams for your children?
I really just want them to be happy in what they do, so that they are not stuck in jobs that they hate. I want them to be able to express themselves. I want them to be happy and follow their dreams.
I also hope that they stay close to each other as they grow older. Family is so important. I hope they will always be there to help each other out.
What advice would you give to other Mum’s hoping to pursue their hobbies further?
Know that it’s not easy. But it’s not easy in any job. Remember to prioritise and try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Family always comes first!
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