• Claire Fury

Learning to dance in the rain

Updated: Jan 29, 2020

"It's not about waiting for the Thunderstorm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain"

Discovering hot air balloon nursery mobiles on Pinterest changed my stay at home mum life in a positive way, after i bought a basic pattern online to make one for son's nursery back in 2015. Little did i know what vengeance and hate it would bring me from one jealous old age pensioner outside of my community.

After my first "Puggles Baby and Kids Market" in Newcastle (market no longer runs) i was approached for an interview with an independant website called Handmade HQ.


Q: Tell us a little about yourself

I'm a 44yr old first time mum of one, my husband and I immigrated to Australia from the UK in 2004 and shortly after bought a farm in Pokolbin, which is the heart of hunter valley wine country. I make all sorts of things, art is in my blood as i come from a line of very Artistic people on my dads side of the family.

Some of my hobbies include:- Drawing, painting, sewing, dressmaking, photography, sugar art, cake making, cooking, flower arranging, graphic design, pottery, crochet, knitting, woodwork.....the list goes on...........

Q: How did you get started ?

It started over a year ago when i made my newborn son a decorative room mobile, when friends and neighbours saw it they asked me where i got it from, i explained that i handmade it myself from scratch, then they all wanted one and my business grew from nowhere and snowballed quite quickly

Q: What was your inspiration ?

I regularly see the hot air balloons floating over the vineyards and often land in acreage on the road i live in, so it was very inspirational and appropriate for the area. I wanted to make something visually stimulating for a baby as they can only see in black and white for the first 6 months of their lives, as they grow and focus their vision it will become entertaining for a baby to look at as well as please the parents eye and compliment a nursery scheme.

Q: What is in store for your handmade business in 2017 ?

Lots of good things i hope, i just started my first market last weekend in Newcastle that specializes in Childrens products called "Puggles Baby and Kids Market", my on-line shop (www.bhretreat.com) and Blackthorn Hill Retreat Instagram have proved very successful for me too. Momentum has grown over the past 14 months and my mainstream business is sewing custom orders in between looking after my 18 month old at home.

I will be a regular feature at the "Puggles Baby and Kids Market" in Newcastle NSW for my balloon mobiles, this market is the only one i can manage to fit into my schedule so far, mainly because i need that time in between to replenish stock on top of my custom orders which are my mainstream business.