May 11 2012 by Jennifer Buchanan, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
Working mum takes hobby to next level, and starts jewellery business in her garage
SHE’S a busy mum with a hectic job.
But Valerie Pirrie has still found time to turn her hobby into a business.
For the 40-year-old has transformed her garage into a jewellery making den, and now spends most evenings busily assembling tiaras, necklaces, bracelets and even hair vines.
Valerie explained: “It’s always something that I’ve wanted to try and two years ago I went to a craft fair in Glasgow, got myself kitted up and the rest is, as they say, pretty much history.
“I’m pretty much self taught although I did have to go to a couple of classes to learn about the tiaras, they’re complicated.”
She added: “It’s still very early days and it’s mostly been word of mouth so far, I’ll wear them into work and some girls there will ask about them and have asked me to make some for them.
“I just did my first wedding as well, the bride came to me with a vague idea for colours and I made her jewellery from that.”
And despite this, Valerie still finds time to look after her nine-year-old daughter Amy and hold down a part-time job working in the administration department at NHS Ayrshire and Arran.
The Monkton mum said: “They’re very supportive, Amy’s always in here trying everything on and it was my husband Ian who transformed the garage for me.
“He was fed up of me working on the floor so he got me some really nice sofas – and I’m still working on the floor. It’s just easier.
“I don’t work from sketches or anything I just sit and experiment, see what works.”
And Valerie is very careful about where she gets all her materials from.
She added: “I always make sure and source from authentic and reputable sellers.
“Swarovski crystals are often forged but I’m very careful. Everything’s genuine and hallmarked.”
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