Here is the next installment in our Meet the Maker series. Let's meet Tea Shed Creations
1) Who are you and what do you make?
I'm Carly, I live in Sheffield with my son Zak who is 13.
I rescue old, unwanted furniture items and upcycle them back to life. I love to turn something unused into something beautiful. I use brightly coloured chalk paint to create quirky one-off pieces. Most things I make are aimed at girls as my favorite colour to paint is pink. I like the little details, and often add handmade pompoms, buttons or flowers to my work.
2) What first got you into making things?
I cant remember when I first got into making, as long as I can remember I have been a maker. I think I have tried most crafts at some time or other.
I first got into painting furniture a few years ago. It all started when I cleared out my out building in my garden. I transformed it from a damp, outdoor storage area into my own personal vintage tearoom. I painted furniture to fit into a 1940s tearoom theme (most of the furniture was scavenged from skips).
Soon I had no room for any more furniture, but I still wanted to paint and kept finding items in need of new life. The building is affectionately named "The tea shed of beauty" and doubles up as my workspace. So this is where my business name came from too.
3) What does a day in the life of Tea Shed Creations look like? (if there is such a things as a standard day?)
A standard day doesn't really exist, but every day is usually hectic.
I have a day job too, so some days I could be prepping or painting all day. Other days I could be at work and only have limited business time. A very important part of my day is making a to do list, so this is the first thing I do. I am so forgetful so with out the list I don't get very far!
4) What hopes and plans do you have for your handmade business the future?
In the future I would like to expand my business. I aim to be selling larger pieces online in my Etsy store, as at the minute I only sell small craft items with Etsy. I would also like to experiment a lot more with different techniques such as decoupage, different glazes and image transfer.
You can find Carly and her creations at Carlton House Vintage, Arts & Crafts Centre in Worksop, and online at Etsy, Facebook and Instagram.
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Canalside Creations is a handmade craft business run by us, a husband and wife team, and inspired by our two small children. Each and every purchase makes us do a little happy dance and means we can keep running our little business and spend more time home with our little family. Thank you for supporting handmade!