I’m Jenny, the face behind Kiddy Sticks, busy Mum of one little boy with another on the way, wife and business partner to Mr H and carer of two little Cats!
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I spent 15 years working within the beauty industry working in salons. I was the manager for well known make-up and cosmetic brands, I worked as a technician in my local college, I then became an NVQ assessor and eventually teaching beauty therapy and working towards my teaching degree. My last job was in Manchester city centre working for a private beauty therapy college and to say I hated it would be an understatement.
At the same time of this my husband was running his own business: Capture Design and was feeling the strain of lone working – we needed another person in the business. I wanted that job but I couldn’t take the leap from a full time, well paid career into the family business… I was too scared and financially frightened to death of doing so.
Eventually I was made redundant in August 2012… I couldn’t contain my happiness at the news. Thankfully I was out of a workplace I despised with some redundancy pay, albeit not a massive amount by any means but enough to allow me to work alongside my husband for a few weeks to see how it went.
We gave ourselves 3 months of working together, that was back in 2012 and we’re still working together nearly 6 years later. It’s not for everyone working with their Husband but it works well for us and even more so since starting a family in 2104.
With our business Capture Design we mainly concentrate on working with businesses to create them a brand, build websites, design / print and also signage and vehicle graphics.
It’s the signage part that I enjoyed the most and realised we could turn into something I could concentre more on. So, with that I started my own business called Against The Wall Vinyl Stickers in 2013, I made lots of different kinds of wall stickers from business, vehicles, quotes and children stickers. But something wasn’t quite right.
It was after a meeting with a businesses adviser later that year I decided to concentrate on one area of the business which was the best selling one and I enjoyed the most which was children’s interior design. A couple of months later I re-branded as Kiddy Sticks and about 12 months after that my first son Harry was born.
A little bit bit about Kiddy Sticks: we are passionate about children’s interior design and décor. We found that there’s a real shortage of modern but child friendly interior design in the UK which had a cool and unique feel to it but was also age appropriate – not too babyish but not too grown up. We wanted something that was just right – a bit like Goldie locks you could say! So with this in mind and a background in design, Kiddy Sticks was born.
We want your mini-me’s to have a cool and modern interior style that will grow with them and for their individual personalities and interests to shine through in our quirky and fun wall stickers as apposed to having their bedroom covered from top to bottom in one pattern or their flavour of the month favourite cartoon character.
We all know how fickle children are and can change their minds about who they like best.. Peppa, Thomas or Mr Tumble.
We wanted a product that would fit in and alongside their interests but if they did change their minds you would only have to replace your duvet cover / accessories and not completely re-decorate!
With Kiddy Sticks you get a great quality product that has been lovingly designed and manufactured here in the UK. They are mess free and easy to apply, you could almost say child’s play!
Our designs are current, quirky and available in many colours and sizes to suit you. They are cheaper than a roll of wallpaper.
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