I'm Kim. I'm 29 years old and I live in Nottingham with my 6 year old son and Fiance.
I started Craftly in my spare bedroom in 2014, I was just 18 years old.
I was working at Starbucks and I didn't know what I wanted to do in life.
Everyone on Facebook was making those wooden plaques with quotes on - remember the ones? I wanted to be different, so I started painting wooden reward charts with velcro characters. 
A few years in, I started teaching myself how to design digitally and I found a way to get my designs on to metal. This was the stepping stone into making my business more profitable and making it into a full time job. 

I fell pregnant with Ivan in 2017 and decided to give Craftly a go full time when he was born. A shared a lot of parenting journey with you on social media during this time and we built such a lovely community of mothers supporting each other. I subsequently became a single parent a year later and having the Craftly community during that time was invaluable.

Fast forward past covid, single parenting, buying a house with my now Fiance and we are here!
Craftly now resides in the garden office (phoar, fancy!), i'm training to be a therapist and I employ my mum a couple of days a week. She's been a primary school teaching assistant for 20 years and works as an emotional literacy support as part as her role.

I hope to go on to work with children one day (hence my love for emotions and mindfulness) - but there'll be a few more years in training first!

Make sure to follow my journey on instagram, i'd love to have you there!