As I’ve mentioned in earlier blogs, my sewing journey began after the birth of my twin boys. Looking for something to keep my mind busy, and inspired by my mum, I decided to give sewing a try. Obviously it captured my imagination, because here I am now selling my products at a virtual Christmas market that I have organised.
But, honestly, if you’d told me a year ago that this is where I’d be
today, I’d never have believed you. And as with most wonderful things in life, this exciting adventure kind of came out of nowhere, off the back of some harebrained ideas and dreams about creating a more fulfilling life for myself and my family, and helping others like me do the same.
It’s really that second part - the helping others like me - that inspired this particular venture, because earlier this year I was feeling the need to connect with other creative people. Like many, this year has had its trials, one of the main ones being the isolation enforced upon us. Having just launched Remade, Reloved at the end of 2019, and then having to close it down temporarily in the middle of a pandemic, I needed to connect with minded people in Folkestone.
Folkestone has a vibrant creative scene, and it’s something I have always loved about this beautiful town, so I knew there were plenty of people out there to connect with, so I set about finding them. That’s how the Creative People Of Folkestone Facebook Group was born. Within days I had more members than I ever expected, and I loved being able to talk about all things creative with all these new friends.
With the power of that group behind me, a new idea started to niggle - what if I could do a photoshoot showcasing the potential of reused fabric? I’d always loved the idea of doing a photoshoot, and living in Folkestone I knew I had easy access to a beautiful beach. I also knew I could create some beautiful garments to be worn. But where would I find top quality photographers and models to take part? Yep, that’s right, my new group of creative friends. And that’s what we did. In September we all trooped down to Folkestone beach and these
wonderful people helped make my creative dream come true.
It was after that shoot that I began to wonder what could I do to help in return? How could I use my own skills, my platform, to help other creative people in Folkestone promote their services and products? And that was when the idea of the Folkestone Virtual Christmas Market was born. With everything that’s happened this year, the idea of bringing people together, albeit
virtually, to helping sellers find buyers, and help shoppers find the perfect Christmas gift seemed like the perfect reflection of everything Remade, Reloved is about.
Setting up a hub where people can share their products and showcase their talents is something I’ve always dreamed of doing, and was part of the inspiration behind me setting up Remade, Reloved in the first place. To be honest, I never expected to achieve that dream within the first year of running my business, but I suppose that just goes to show, you don’t ever really know what you can achieve until you try.
I am so excited and proud to be able to partner with so many amazing small businesses in Folkestone to bring some of the most beautiful gifts to you all this holiday season. I really hope you enjoy shopping with us, and remember that when you order from one of our amazing sellers, there’s an excited person at the other end doing a genuine happy dance!