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How crafting gave me a new identity

Being a mother of two, my work can often be demanding. Crafting with HOCHANDA has allowed me to completely relax and unwind, escaping from the stresses of having an exhausting daily routine.

My love of crafting began about sixteen or seventeen years ago now when both my girls were little. It was borne out of needing to make things for their birthday parties. As well as giving me a break from my 9-5, sewing with HOCHANDA has given me a sense of self. When the girls were young and needed constant attention, I became known as Jordan’s mum and Taylor’s mum. Now they’re older and I have more time on my hands, crafting has given me a new identity. It’s very therapeutic.

I began by transforming my old study into a glorified storage hub. This is where I keep all my fabrics and machines. If anything sits there for long enough, it gets labelled! I use another room to work on new projects and refine my technique, all of which are inspired by HOCHANDA.

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I cannot emphasise enough the sense of community I feel from crafting with HOCHANDA. I’ve met people that have became friends, which has then led to me being part of a much bigger network of people. For me, HOCHANDA is the full package. Come join me and thousands of other likeminded people over on the Crafting with HOCHANDA Facebook group. It’s the perfect place to make crafty friends and share your makes. Whenever I'm in need of some extra inspiration, I also visit the Hochanda Blog. There's hundreds of tutorials, design ideas and downloadable templates readily available - plus it's free!

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HOCHANDA is where I get to see new products, experts and techniques, plus it’s great to feel like I’m not sitting on my own crafting. It’s a 24/7 one-stop shop where I can get everything I need to craft, whether it’s sewing or scrapbooking. If sewing isn’t for you, there are thousands of products available in papercraft, jewellery, knitting, art supplies and home crafts. What’s more, I’m a Freedom member and for only £6.97 a month, I can place as many orders as I like and it’ll all be delivered for free. It’s incredible worthwhile!

With such a wide range of crafty brands to choose from on HOCHANDA, it’s tricky to pick a favourite. I love a range of other sewing suppliers that sell complete kits. You don’t have to do all the measuring and cutting out – you can just get down to the sewing straight away. Take a look through HOCHANDA's brands or product categories, and begin rediscovering yourself today. Crafting gave me a new identity and it could help you find yours too!

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