It's been a while since I last posted, mainly due to my new business starting up. I will leave talking about that for another day as I've been wanting to tell you all for a good few months now about some local gems I have found!
The first person I want share with you today is May-Yen. I met May-Yen on Facebook through her business page Paintivity. She is a local mummy and midwife, on maternity leave looking after her gorgeous bub and making fresh non-toxic, easy washable paints for us all to enjoy! I was lucky enough to win a party set earlier last month and it was brilliant!
The paints are deliciously gooey, bright and make a lovely splodge on the
paper whether you're painting with brushes or body parts (as my toddler preferred to do!). We had so much fun mixing, squelching and creating with our paints.
As well as making paint packages up for local collection or delivery, May-Yen also runs popular and wonderful Paintivity sessions (and daddy-only Paintivity sessions) from her home and beautiful garden, which is a short walk from Forest Hill swimming pools. I have spoken about how vital parent and child bonding is in the early years - achieving this through safe creativity and sensory play is brilliant for both adults and children. There is so much fun to be had, all whilst developing trust and a strong relationship with your child.
May-Yen also runs the Diamond Support Group for women and families
affected by pre and postnatal depression and mental illness - a free group (donations however are welcomed) set up to help support local women and families coming to terms with changes in themselves, talking to others who may be in or have experienced similar situations and just being able to talk freely without fear of judgement or criticism. As a new parent this is desperately needed sometimes whether you are coping with a mental health issues or not. I am a massive advocate of mental wellbeing and having a support group like this is great for our community. Please pop over to May-Yen's twitter page: https://twitter.com/PaintivityPaint and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Paintivity to support the work she's doing for our community and to find out about how you can get your own Paintivity kit (or pop to one of the fab sessions!) to get creative with your own kids.
The next people i want to talk about are some wonderful people I met at the Anerley Community Craft Fair. Firstly, Claire from Taylor & Abel, provider or bespoke gifts, crafts & haberdashery products - and who set up the whole craft fair herself. A daunting task as it was a new fair, in a new venue with some new stallholders too... but a great success! Claire found there to be a wealth of talent in our local community but a distinct lack of platforms to show the talent off - hence the Anerley Community Fair idea being born. Much like her business, Taylor & Abel - born from a lack of great quality, good value for money sewing and fabric shop. For the time being, they are online however their vision is to eventually open an awesome shop in one of our borough's high streets. Please pop over to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/taylorabel
and give their website a whirl: http://www.taylorabel.co.uk if you fancy getting creative and crafty, or indeed buying some beautiful
creations for your home.
Remember to listen out for info on the next Anerley Community Craft fair here on the Twitter page, too: https://twitter.com/Anerleycraft
I was a stallholder myself at the Anerley Community Craft Fair (and had so much fun!). Whilst there I met so many other talented and lovely local folk, one such lovely being Laura of Like Sewiously. Her stunning creations caught my eye from across the room as soon as I'd settled myself down. On top of making the most gorgeous handmade dribble bibs, booties, hats and accessories for little trendsetters and future fashionistas (some on, who doesn't want a Marvel heroes hat?!), she also makes accessories for the home, too.
I was lucky enough to win an anti-slam door wrap last month from the Like Sewiously Facebook page. I'd never seen these before but as soon as I popped it over my door handle at home, I realised how great this cute little invention is! It cushions the stopper of the door to make sure that your door will never slam - being in a flat with doors prone to slamming shut on a windy day, this was something I never knew I needed until it arrived - now I couldn't be without it! No chance of little fingers being
hurt and the design is a fantastically retro addition to our living room
décor. Please check out Laura's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/likesewiously and Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LikeSewiously
So, some great locals to check out - please please go ahead and support their ventures, as you know I love local and adore blogging about the wealth of talented people we have lurking within the Bromley (and surrounding) boroughs. Have fun browsing!
Who is Julie?
30 something, mother of two gorgeous boys, lover of one gorgeous husband, perpetually living in a dream world full of wine, chocolate and artsy crafty things.