It’s not uncommon to see a #MeetTheMaker hashtag on Instagram in March – every February, i spot that someone has set one up with daily photo prompts and I think “Right…..THIS March, I going to do this” because I believe that it’s important for people to have the chance to get to really know the fab folk behind the product they Love……and then it gets to roughly now and I realise I have, once again, ceremoniously forgotten all about it and it’s rather too late to play catch up!!!
So today I figured I would simply write a blog that tells you a bit more about me, some of which you might know and some of which you might be surprised to learn…….
I am Kate – aka Mrs W, Mrs Tutus, Biggest/Number 1 Daughter, Tats/Tatty, Winch/Mrs Winch, Mummy……..it’s quite a long list, but I generally respond to most things!
Born and bred in the North, I have moved around a lot over the years – I once moved half way round the World, stayed for a couple of years and came home with a 10 month Old dual nationality Baby, as well as the Husband I originally move out there with! Currently you will find me residing in Wiltshire, along with the afore mentioned Husband, the dual Nationality Baby who ISN’T a baby anymore (she’s nearly 12), her 2 Sisters who came along in due course (they are 10 and 7.5) and a rather hairy Spaniel, who prefers people food to dog food, doesn’t bark at the doorbell but who will chase ANY Bird that dares put even one birdy toe in his garden!
I’ve always been a Creative Soul – Art & Music were my “things”……the times I was happiest and school, and where I sought refuge when things were tough or stressful – 15 hours exam time for A level Art was a doddle in comparison to the 2 hours of general studies because I was immersed in something I loved! I went on to study Fashion & Textiles at the University of Northampton – it’s quite a shock to the system when you arrive to study Fashion because EVERYTHING you have heard about University life actually doesn’t apply to you! The days are LONG (think in by 8am, some days not leaving till 9pm), the coursework is never ending and the all nighters are a very regular occurrence out of sheer necessity and not just having nothing in the previous few weeks! Somehow I survived and graduated with my BA (Hons) intact, but it took me another 13 years before I REALLY decided what I wanted to do with my life when I grew up – I fell into Tutu making a bit by accident, but once I did I never really looked back!
Things I LOVE? (apart from that motley crew above) Coffee (giver of life and creative juices), Pizza, Glitter/ANYTHING Sparkly, Corsetry (see previous post for more on that) and Disney – it is fair to say that, with our next trip to Disneyworld booked for this summer, I am probably MORE excited than the under 13’s in our house and I am not ashamed to admit it
My logical nearly 38 year old Brain knows that this a very lucrative commercial place, but from the minute we step off the plane in Orlando, I am thoroughly swept up in the MAGIC of Disney and everything that comes with it and I never fail to come away inspired and with a brain bursting with ideas! (and rather pink & sunburnt – damn you pasty English Rose complexion!)
As you’ve probably realised, when i’m not dreaming of Disney or plotting my next Corsetry creation, I am locked in my Design Cave (it’s a bit like the Bat-cave, only not quite as dark…..and less Bats…….), drowning under Rainbows of fluff, creating new Petticoats and pondering if I can squeeze a few more Rhinestones on, thanks to my new found involvement in the world of Irish dancing (there’ll be more on this in the coming weeks…….) – I do what I do because I Love it, and that’s how it should be right?? Showing Brides to Be that they really can have ANYTHING they want without breaking the bank and watching faces light up as they jump up and down in the fluffiest creation they’ve ever stepped foot in is where the real magic lies! And now I have my Glitter Girls to skip alongside me, as we take on the traditional Wedding World shouting “DO IT YOUR WAY!!! WE PROMISE IT WILL BE AWESOME” and leaving a trail of sparkles in our wake, the future looks very spangly indeed……….