When my children were small I loved being creative & I loved gadgets so I bought lots of equipment and learnt loads of different techniques, I had so much stuff that I wanted to share what I had with others so I created a crafting group at my local church hall that allowed everyone who wanted to learn crafting have a go, some even liked it so much they decided to buy their own, that craft club would meet once a month, I’d charge £5 for the day & they got to try anything, I loved it, I got to meet other people, made wonderful friends (sadly lost a few on the way) and share all my crafting stuff with them, Westfield craft club ran for 6 years with me and when I moved on the girls carried on with the club which still meets most months now. (until covid got in the way)
Exhibiting in the wedding world proved to be very expensive so not one to be deterred I decided to run my own wedding show, primarily I would find a wedding venue who wanted to increase their exposure so I’d get the use of the facilities for free, would network & invite lots of quality suppliers no more than 3 of each type & different from each other, run all the marketing and advertising campaigns and run the show on the day & have my own stand at the show. The exhibitors loved that I wanted the show to succeed as much for me as for them and could see the effort I put in along with halving the cost of a show for exhibitors & it was all good exposure for the venue.
Whilst continuing to make stationery I also applied this exhibiting experience to helping a new wedding venue start up and was well on the way to my dream job of being a wedding coordinator so in 2015 I help develop and open a beautiful wedding venue in Taunton (Knapp Farm) which after months of marketing and development opened with one of my trademark wedding fairs in Sept…sadly the owners decided a week before the show that they were going to sell the beautiful farm and it would be unlikely any new owner would take on the farm as a wedding venue, I did however get to fulfill my dream and successful ran my very 1st (sadly last there) Wedding in June 2016. Not one to be disheartened I continued to run wedding shows & create stationery for lovely couples and assisted a few other wedding venue developments along the way eventually landing a role as wedding front of house in 2017 covering maternity leave at Quantock Lakes following a very successful wedding show, well to be honest who wouldn’t want to come see this stunning venue ( I know I’m biased) I have continued to work at QL and have acquired a great skill set working there and am now the Housekeeping Manager for the luxury accommodation whilst still creating gorgeous wedding stationery……. I Love My Life
10 years ago I decided I’d like to try making favour boxes for weddings so with my crafting equipment I started hand assembling favour boxes and because people would say I was clever at making things I came up with the name Box Clever (also boxing clever thinking on my feet) & threw wedding on the end as that was my goal and Box Clever Wedding was born and officially registered April 2010, I developed my favour making business and did a year of weddings but with the advancement of places like ebay people could buy boxes online and make them easily themselves, the bottom soon fell out of that market so I started tentatively branching into the stationery market, it seemed a natural progression being as I had tonnes of crafting equipment I could utilise.
Along the way I went to many wedding venues and on a visit to Huntstile Organic Farm I happened to notice a few old shy sticks from a coconut shy & I had an idea of creating wedding games so in 2013 I started an addition of hand built wedding games (all built by little ole me) & The "It’s Fete" side of my business was born, I had several good years of wedding & vintage hire & my products were unique designs so couples loved that, in 2014 I even won an award for best entertainment non music!