I’m thrilled to be sharing this fabulous mini series with you. Each blog post in ‘Meet the Mum Behind the Maker’ will give you a behind the scenes insight into the life of a Mum that makes beautiful toys and/ or educational resources for little ones. In this post we have Me from My Story Stones Rock.
Mel from My Story Stones Rock makes these beauties of rocks and here is my interview with Mel. There are links to Mel’s Etsy shop here and through the post if you want to check out her latest designs.
2023 Update – I’ve had so many people asking where you can buy the blank stones to decorate yourself. Previously, I recommended a small, local business that has since closed down.
You might also like to check out my blog post – Pebble Painting – ‘Rocking’ Art – How to Make Your Own – Ideas.
Tell us a little about yourself and your family?
I’m Mel, wife, sibling of 7 and most importantly to me – mum of 3 cheeky children! I was born and raised in Norfolk, lived in Wolverhampton for 6 years, then met my husband and moved up to Northumberland for another 6 years! Now I’m back in Norfolk where I shall not move unless it’s to a very small Greek island!
Way before My Story Stones Rock started and before the most important job of being a mummy… I worked as a Client Account Manager for an occupational health company. When I moved up to Northumberland I then worked for British Airways. Neither as fun as being a Mummy!
Tell us a toy that best describes you and why?
The toy that best describes me is probably Barbie. I’m very tall and blonde, (minus her figure) and I love all things pink and lots of accessories! I’ve always loved small world play and Barbie can be so many things – its all about imaginative play for me!
When did it all begin and why?
I first started up My Story Stones Rock nearly seven years ago. I knew how I wanted my stones in my head straight away and so it fell quite easily into place.
My husband sorted all the CE testing for me and I just made up a Facebook page and an Etsy shop. I had my first kerching that day! The thing I love about my Story Stones is that I can fit them in around being a mummy.
What does your ‘office’ look like?
My office is my kitchen so one minute I’m washing dishes or playing Barbies and the next I’m hand varnishing the stones. I do suffer with mummy guilt when I’m stood in the kitchen making hundreds of stones and my children are asking me to play though!
What was the first product you ever made?
The first set of story stones I ever made was actually the Christmas set that is still available to buy in my Etsy shop now. I might get round to updating it a bit soon!
What’s your favourite make or best seller?
My favourite story stone set is my Emotion Monsters. I love the colourful fun of them but more importantly how they’ve helped so many children and adults express their feelings through them.
What’s your design process and how long does it take you to make a finished product?
Each of my story stones are lovingly made and drawn. They take me such a long time, especially the hand varnishing! My inspiration comes from my children and our daily life together. The things we love and the things we want to learn more about! My children love sitting down to draw and colour in with me!
Your family is stranded on a desert island – what 3 toys must you take and why?
If my family was stranded on a dessert island the 3 toys I would take would firstly be some pens and paper! We all love drawing and colouring in! Secondly Lego! Lego is great imaginative play and all 3 of my children can sit for hours creating. The final toy would have to be some story stones wouldn’t it?!! We could then make up endless stories and play with them in the sand!
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is also the most challenging part – I’m lucky enough to be around for my children at home but as you can imagine some days I don’t get much work done at all!
Who are your favourite Mummy Makers?
- My favourite mummy makers are Play Make Create Art, Little Lane Keepsakes and All Fudged Up.
- Lou from Play Make Create Art is so talented. Her art is stunning and I love her local workshops for my children.
- Kirsty over at Little Lane Keepsakes puts her heart and soul into her beautiful Keepsakes.
- Kate from All Fudged Up makes the best fudge!
What’s next for you?
Next for My Story Stones Rock is my sister, Mandy! We have partnered up and are now able to produce even more beautiful stones for you. Keep a lookout for new sets and colouring sheets coming soon!
Where can we find you?
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