This is me (the one in the middle)....Clare, often to be found wandering the hills around the house, listening to a Podcast to keep my mind occupied and my feet going. Fresh air cleanses me (of wine and Gin more often than not) but also just for clarity, and much needed head space. I need the big sky and hills around me to 'escape'.
The two cherubs on either shoulder are Will & George. My best friends and sidekicks in all I do....turning 11 next year, where the hell does the time go?
I started this fabulous shin dig, when the boys were two, paying for nursery was simply a transfer of salary from my then part time employment and handing it to nursery. It all felt so pointless. As much as anything I wasn't IN LOVE with my job, I was earning just to pass it onto someone else to look after my boys.
Don't get me wrong, going back to work for a hot brew was enough to get me out of bed in a morning and motivate me, but that didn't last long. I needed more. I wanted more - god damn it!
Redundancies came up at work, and although I didn't get to take it, it got the old grey cells turning. We had got married in March and I'd put together our table plan with a big wooden board I'd found in the field (Robs dads place is a little like Steptoe & Sons yard!)...burning our new married name into the board with robs soldiering iron and attaching slates that I wrote out and decorated with chalk pen. I'd made homemade fudge and handwritten the boxes for place settings.
That creativity made me realise - THIS IS ME! I need to have this level of creativity in my life...next thing to work out was how the hell I was going to do this?!
Thankfully I had a husband, who understood that I needed to do this and supported me all the way. While I wasn't essentially bringing any money to the table it seemed as good a time as any...and hey presto Bespoke & Oak was born.
The start of the business was really when I was accepted as a seller on NOTHS (notonthehighstreet), it gave me an incredible leg up and boosted my confidence to believe this was possible. I stayed in the NOTHS bubble for years, and credit so much of the business that I am today to their amazing help.
But this year - the year of the pandemic, I decided that along side the fabulous space I had on NOTHS, I wanted to expand my own empire. My own little place on-line to share my happy gifts and thoughtful offerings directly with my customers. So here I am, while I'm not a new business, this space is new for me, and I love it. I own it, it's mine. So welcome, come on in and if you need any help, or have any question, just drop me an email.
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