A LETTERKENNY college trainer who began a small arts and crafts enterprise whereas on maternity depart final yr has celebrated the primary anniversary of her firm.
The Arty Fox, which is run by Feena McBride, makes seasonal craft containers for kids, entertaining them with one thing worthwhile somewhat than a display screen! One in all her containers featured on the Late, Late Toy Present on RTE final Friday evening.
A main college trainer for 15 years, Feena has taken a profession break from her job in Illistrin Nationwide College to pursue her enterprise dream.
The storage on the household residence in Kilmacrennan was being transformed into an workplace this week with provides being moved there from the spare room when Feena spoke to the Donegal Information.
“I all the time knew I needed to have my very own enterprise, coming from a enterprise household (her Dad, Seamus, owned County Seat on the Essential Road, owned now by her brother Brendan) however this has all been a bit hectic,” she laughed.
The thought for the enterprise got here after watching her eldest daughter taking nice enjoyable and pleasure from a hamper filled with arts and crafts which she gained.
“I believed: What if that hamper had a field lid and might be used as a storage field? That’s the place the concept got here from,” she defined.
The Arty Fox encourages kids to make use of their initiative and creativeness to create particular person, memorable items somewhat than giving kids particular directions to comply with.
Their agency favorite Get Craft Packing containers, now accessible in two themes Color Blast and Assemble, have been joined by the Christmas Card containers to please any mother and father sick of plastic junk.
“The enterprise began in the course of lockdown and actually took off. I managed to promote a whole bunch of containers all around the nation final Christmas, which got here as each a shock and shock.
“This yr I’ve made containers for Easter, Staycations, Halloween and now Christmas. I purchase in all of the stuff and put it collectively. It began off as an thought to assist in giving mother and father a break – to permit youngsters to work away themselves – however I’ve discovered that increasingly mother and father need to do artwork with their youngsters. It’s a terrific factor to do collectively,” she stated.
Collectively as a household, Feena, her husband Paul (additionally a trainer) and their three daughters have loved attempting out the merchandise and discovering artistic and arty traits in themselves.
“The enterprise is all on-line in the intervening time though I’ve been contacted by a neighborhood man, Ciaran McBride, who desires to inventory The Arty Fox merchandise in his reward store in Drumshaughlin, County Meath. That’s thrilling. It’s one other new step,” she stated.
“I’m nonetheless discovering my toes however I’m additionally attempting to give you new enterprise concepts. I’ll give it one other yr and we’ll see the place it takes me however over the subsequent few weeks I might be stored busy ensuring that every one orders are sorted forward of Christmas,” she stated.
The Arty Fox offers top quality arts units for kids ages 3 to 10 which deal with the creativeness and creativity of the kid.
Posted: 5:00 pm December 4, 2021