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Discover how mum to 2 Nicki Smith achieved the family focus she wanted by swapping pints for paints.

Discover how Nicki Smith achieved the family focus she wanted by swapping pints for paints.

 

 

When our first daughter was born, my husband and I had been managing a pub in Bath for many years.  We thought that we were blessed that we could arrange our working hours so that we could look after Aimee between us.

 

 

We would meet at the pub and swap over the childcare and pub management details: ’We’ve run out of cod, area manager’s on the warpath, Aimee’s slept for 1 hour and she had fish pie for lunch!’

 

Picture1 Nicki Smith is inspiring imaginations in Bath, Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Peasedown St John.

 

It all worked out okay when things went to plan, but as new parents, what we didn’t appreciate was how infrequently that happens! It became common that one of us would be arriving home in the early hours of the morning, getting a few hours’ sleep and then having to do a 10-hour childcare shift before a 13-hour pub shift. Poor Aimee was stuck with tired parents who had no energy to play and a mummy and daddy who had no quality time together.

 

 

Something had to change!

 

 

"I went to ‘Discovery Morning’, had a real eureka moment, and I knew it would give me a lot more flexibility and time with my daughter."

 

 

I came across the details for The Creation Station, an arts and crafts franchise I enjoy playing around with arts and crafts and love doing a few things with Aimee. So I went to ‘Discovery Morning’, had a real eureka moment, and I knew it would give me a lot more flexibility and time with my daughter. I took Aimee with me which gave me the opportunity to experience the taster class as a parent does. Aimee was only 20 months old, but she loved it and this really sold the franchise to me. It also gave me the confidence that it was something I could combine with being a Mum, as Aimee could join me in class. Within 4 weeks I was completing my Creation Station franchise training and working my notice at the pub.

 

 

2 years Picture3on and Aimee is now a big sister and will be heading to school in September! Cerys was born last May and whilst I took a term off from running classes to concentrate on welcoming Baby Girl #2 to the world, The Creation Station Bath has continued to grow!

 

 

I chose to run a Creation Station franchise because after running the pub for 11 years, I still wanted to have the independence of having my own business. I also needed to have the flexibility to work around my family, whilst they are at the preschool stage but also when they are at school.

 

 

"I’m just doing what we women are best at doing – multi-tasking!"

 

 

I was so nervous when I first started running classes and hosting parties but I soon got great feedback from children and parents . In addition I have seen firsthand the benefits of the programme with my own daughter, who has grown into a confident, imaginative and sociable little girl.  It’s also an amazing feeling to be helping other parents to be creative and have fun with their little ones.

 

 

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I know running a business is hard work, even more so with a baby and a toddler!  But I never lose sight of the fact that I am very lucky to be able to choose my own working hours. I decide when to run my classes, when to take my holidays and on which weekends to avoid scheduling parties or events.

 

 

I’ve learnt to be more creative with my time and resources and I am sure that this will prove beneficial in the long run! If you’re prepared to fit in work when your family life allows, even if that means evenings and weekends, the whole family can benefit. I have big plans for my business, but being mum to my amazing girls and a friend and wife to my husband is my current priority.

 

 

In the meantime, no 301551_534613373258210_1796056473_none needs to know how many texts are sent from the bathroom, emails sent during The Voice or lesson plans finalised whilst my baby naps! After all, I’m just doing what we women are best at doing – multi-tasking!

 

 

You can find out more about my art and crafts fun classes by popping over to my Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheCreationStationBath or visiting my page at the Creation Station website. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

What people say

Excellent 4.8/5

6719 reviews on Trustpilot

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31st May

Nat has been brilliant

Nat has been brilliant. We have had two packs of the most amazing crafts delivered to our door during lockdown. We have had paints, canvases, pipe cleaners all sorts of fun crafts with ideas to have fun with. Things that we had never heard of or seen before such as noodle doodles. We can’t wait to come to one of your sessions when things get back to normal more.

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26th May

My daughter loves the sessions with…

My daughter loves the sessions with vicky and looks forward to them each week.

Lawra
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24th May

The live online creative class

The live online creative class is not only fun, relaxed and educational it has also given my girls something to look forward to weekly and a masterpiece or three to show and be proud of afterward. Both my girls have taken the techniques used from the classes to create more art through out the week. I would highly recommend the Creation Station live online classes. *****

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23rd May

Great club!!

my daughter loves vicky and loves doing create club. vicky goes out of her way to make sure the children get the best experience. we missed a session but vicky took the time to do a one to one session so my daughter didn’t miss out. Thank you Vicky ?

Laura
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22nd May

We find Creation station brilliant

We find Creation station brilliant! A wide range of activities using all kinds of materials (all supplied to!) with a different theme each week. Very entertaining for my 6 year old to let their creative side shine! The host is very friendly and always patient with the children. The sessions usually last for around 12 weeks so great value for an after school club! My little one always looks forward to it! We are currently attending online creation station during lockdown and it’s fantastic! All Materials supplied to our door with super easy instructions to follow (all organised by our fantastic host Jude) It’s kept our routine which is very important for little people. We love it!!

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22nd May

Vicky is absolutely amazing with the…

Vicky is absolutely amazing with the kids, she make it really fun and keeps them engaged through out, she also lets me join a little before if needed So that I am not late for my work meetings. My daughter loves create club and can’t wait for the next session. I think it’s lovely Vicky has kept it going for the kids through these difficult times, I am very thankful as it keeps my daughter occupied being the only child and whilst I’m at work. Thank you Vicky ?

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22nd May

I love the classes Vicky runs

I love the classes Vicky runs. They are always very creative and my daughter loves them. It's brilliant that she has been able to keep it up during the lockdown too.

Elizabeth
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22nd May

I order these letters quite regularly…good price, speedy delivery.

I order these letters quite regularly but noticed they had gone up in price from last time, so I looked directly at your site. I was surprised to see that to purchase directly from you was cheaper, so that it what I did. The speed of delivery was excellent and I will always come straight to you in future for my craft supplies.

Cat
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21st May

Lisa from the Bournemouth /…

Lisa from the Bournemouth / Christchurch group is brilliant. We've attended some of her classes and doing them live on Facebook now. The classes are great for my 3 1/2 year old. We all join in. Learning through play is the way forward

Amy
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21st May

Fantastic

Absolutely fantastic class really enjoyed the crafts kept my 4year old and 2 year old entertained. Worked well on zoom during current climate Thank you Eleanor