Hochanda’s First Guest Showcase
Hochanda has just introduced their first Guest Showcase segment. Each month they will be introducing a new guest where they will be sharing their beginnings, inspiration, and creativity. Their first guest is Simon and Donna from Pearlywinks Craft Supplies.
Where did it all begin and what do Pearlywinks do?
Simon shared, “We are a small craft company based in Manchester. I started the business in April 2018 and then only a few months later in July, we had our first show on Hochanda! My sister Donna became a partner in August 2018, then Adam, my partner, also joined the team later that year and took charge of the manufacturing and marketing side of the business. Donna prepares for our monthly shows on Hochanda, as well as lots of input into the designing of stamps and new colour blends. She has also recently been on the hunt to expand our range and sourced some amazing mount board which is perfect for all sorts of crafts.
We have an office based in Bolton where all the magic happens. We blend and bottle all our own inks and sprays so it can be quite hectic at times, but it is always fun. We have a small design team who all do amazing work providing beautiful samples for our shows as well as lots of work on social media sharing hints and tips and ideas with others, they really are the best!
Crafting has always been a massive part of our lives. Our Grandad was a crafter who made toys out of wood, our dad has always enjoyed woodwork and has recently taken up wood turning. Our Mum has done all sorts and is a huge inspiration to us, in a way we are following on her crafting dreams. We all have our own reasons for crafting it has helped us overcome things such as depression, anxiety, and stress – it really is a great healer, releasing the inner artist definitely helps.”
What makes Pearlywinks standout?
Pearlywinks is all about fun! We love to keep things light-hearted and interact with all our customers. Since we’ve been on lock-down we have been having lots of fun on our Facebook page – we have been trying to get at least two Facebook lives done a week to inspire you, Fridays Riddles and Giggles with Donna, followed by Bingo with Adam and Simon! Then, on a Saturday or Sunday Adam and Simon have been having a singing session. We know times are really tough at the moment and really like to give something back because we genuinely care about others and if we can bring a little happiness to someone else (be that laughing with us or at us!) then we are happy. We have been told by people who live alone that it really gives them something to look forward to as they do not see anyone at the moment.” Said Simon.
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Get crafty, be sure to tune in for Pearlywinks Craft Supplies’ next show on Hochanda on Saturday 20th June at 2pm & 7 pm! For more craft shows and demonstration times, click here.