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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

7104 reviews on Trustpilot

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23rd Jan

What a fabulous party

What a fabulous party. Thank you Nicola. You were a great host. The children loved it. Downtime from homeschooling and a chance to catch up via zoom with their friends whilst making slime. So well organised and run. Lots of laughs and giggles had by all. Would highly recommend

Catriona
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23rd Jan

My daughter has loved the Create Club…

My daughter has loved the Create Club classes at school. The high quality of the classes have been maintained on zoom during lockdown, Jude is very engaging and gives clear instructions, the materials provided have also been excellent.

Rhian
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21st Jan

I had a really great time with Claire…

I had a really great time with Claire in tonight’s session on creating a mindfulness scrap book. I have never tried scrapbooking before and may have found a new hobby now!

Elaine
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21st Jan

A really fun evening making a journal…

A really fun evening making a journal which turned out much better than expected! - relaxing and the time passed so quickly. Claire is also a lovely host.

Claire
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20th Jan

Fabulous

Fabulous. My two year old absolutely loves the sessions and Joanna has done a great job with the zoom classes during lockdown

Mark
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14th Jan

Fantastic Classes

Alexis organises and runs fantastic classes. Really interactive and thoroughly organised. Would definitely recommend to any parent of inquisitive toddlers.

Rebecca
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29th Dec

Great for 6 Year Old

My son really enjoyed his slime workshop. It was the second one he had attended, as he had so much fun the first time round!

Clare
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28th Dec

Excellent

Excellent! Jude is great. My kids are normally quite nervous and reluctant to join in, but they both love it, plus it keeps them stimulated doing something fun.

Victoria
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28th Dec

Highly recommended...

These are lovely.... Just like real eggs but plastic.... Not brittle which is fantastic ..... And very quick delivery even considering xmas and lockdown .... Thank you highly recommended

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24th Dec

Site teams building excellence day

Judith did a brilliant job for us. The activity was well organized and everyone was very engaged.