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Hello, and welcome to my blog. My name is Georgie Clark and I created this blog as I wanted somewhere to share the realities of juggling Motherhood, starting a new business and maintaining some form of sanity. But first a bit about me and my crazy life.
I’m 29, have an amazing 15-Month-old son called Noah and in a committed relationship with his father Barry, who I adore more every day. We all live together in a terrace house in the centre of Ripon (UK) with our 3 dogs, an English Mastiff x Rottweiler named Bear and 2 Siberian Huskies, Kida and Mishka, who we fondly refer to as “the wolves”. To add to the craziness, we are renovating our house still so there are unpacked boxes, ongoing projects and a lot of decorating left to do. I have a degree in Early Child Development and an Early Years Professional status but have spent the last 5 years as a Property Developer, preferring to be hands on and doing most of the physical work myself. My preferred skills are joinery and decorating, including upcycling and renovating furniture and other items. Barry is a builder and joiner, which is how we met. He came to fix the roofs on some of my outbuildings and never left. However, since Noah, my involvement in the renovation of our house and reclamation projects has been majorly reduced. Small children and power tools just don’t mix, especially when it comes to dusty jobs or the use of chemicals, but Barry has been fantastic, soldiering on late into the nights after spending a full day at work, just to get another little bit completed. If it wasn’t for him, we’d still be camped out on a mattress in one room with a portable camping stove to cook on.
When Noah was 3 months old, my sister wanted to get me a silicone teething necklace for my birthday. I loved the idea, Noah was already holding onto my collars and necklaces so a necklace that was safe for him to play with and chew on would be perfect. Knowing I was quite particular about my jewellery choices, my sister let me find one that I would wear. I spent hours searching the internet but couldn’t find any designs or colours I liked. In the end I asked my sister to buy me a kit to make my own, and I was hooked. I made necklace after necklace, taking apart one to make another, until I just couldn’t resist buying another kit with more colours and making dummy clips and teether toys for Noah to play with to. I was being complimented on them by friends and family until one friend asked if I could make her a necklace to. That’s when it hit me, I could make necklaces from home, while taking care of Noah and doing something I really enjoy, so Noah’s Ark Necklaces was born. Since then I have been making a variety of different necklaces, bracelets, teethers and dummy clips for Mummies, Daddies and Babies to enjoy. As the business has grown, we have started to attend markets, run workshops and expand our products to include clothing, accessories, décor items and toys. I’ve managed to incorporate my love of making things with my love of shopping!
Now Noah is a bit older I’m also able to get back in the workshop! I love building furniture out of unwanted materials and re-purposing objects for different uses. I’m currently experimenting with cement and having so much fun. Who knew such an industrial material could be used in so many ways for the home! Noah is still at home with me all the time so I use his nap times and evenings to their fullest, fulfilling orders, continuing with projects and getting as many household chores done as possible. Fortunately, Noah is obsessed with hoovering (which I plan to take full advantage of when he is older) so hoovering is something we do together. Working from home with a young child isn’t the easiest thing in the world and we are both still learning but that’s the point of being a parent, constantly learning and adjusting as you and your child grow together. It won’t be long until Noah is out in the workshop with Barry and me, he already wants to join in when we are working on projects around the house. He has his own set of (toy) tools and a tool belt and tries his hardest to get in on the action.
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy writing it.