I'm not really sure how to start this but I suppose at the beginning would be a good place. On the 29th of February 2020 I was made redundant from my job while I was on Maternity leave with my little fella. The date is significant because while I was trying to get my head around not having a job to go back to, I had no idea what was to come only 2 short weeks later. COVID. My maternity leave was due to end in June so I told myself that I wasn't going to worry about anything until then as I was planning to be off anyway. By the time June rolled around, we were in the throes of COVID and nobody was going anywhere. My oldest girl had been out of creche since March and my husband was working full time from home. Everyone was scared and didn't quite know what to do, and we were no different. June rolled around and because I didn't lose my job due to COVID, there was no PUP payment for me. Being a stay at home Mom was never my plan, or my want if I'm honest, but I thought I'd give it a go. My previous job was part time and super flexible, so I was able to work around the kids as much as I needed to. I knew I was never going to find something like that, especially in this climate. As I continued to be at home with the kids, I really felt something was missing. I had always worked outside the home (believe me, being a stay at home Mom is WORK). It felt alien to me not to have somewhere to go in the morning. Not to be busy running here, there and everywhere. I was exhausted daily, but I rarely left the house.
That's when I got to thinking. What can I do? What am I good at? What is there a need for? What do people want? I sat with those thoughts for weeks, and I kept coming back to the same thing. Personalisation. Both of my children have unusual names, mainly because my husband is Portuguese and we wanted them to have names that worked in both countries. In doing that, it meant that we never found anything with their names on it. I was constantly looking for handmade things with their names on it so they would have something. The personalised gifts were always my favourite to receive. They were also something that I started to give as a gift. They were so well received and I was asked so many times where I bought them so they themselves could give it as a gift. So that's when I thought, I can do that! I've always been into crafts, and I've always had a good eye for quality so I knew when I put those two things together that I could create something special. So that's how it began.
I bought the machines needed, researched the materials to weed out the quality from the not so great quality that is saturated in the market, and I started to make things. I made pyjamas for the kids so I could wash them over and over again to make sure the quality was what I thought, I bought all kinds of frames to see what was good, and what was better. What came with plastic and what came with glass. What cardstock looked the best, what colours matched, what wooden items worked together. I even special order my buttons from the UK. I am continually looking to source locally, but I won't sacrifice quality for that.
My products are almost 100% things that I have made as a gift and fallen in love with. Something that I would buy over and over again. Products that mean something to me. These are ideas that I had, gifts that I bought and things that I wanted that I couldn't find. I say that because I want you to know that if there is something you want made, I will work with you to create it. It's not just what you see on here, it's what is in your heart.
So here we are. Pamala's Crafty Cove. I hope you love my products as much as I love making them. Thank you again for just being here. It really does mean a lot. Happy browsing and please contact me if there is anything you need. Our contact information is below.