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From hobby to High Street

Created on 24/04/2018 @ 11:24
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It’s tough launching your own company or product at the best of times, so it must be even tougher to do it when you are juggling motherhood with a job as well.

But it hasn’t stopped Welshpool woman, Rachel Bates, chasing her dream of creating her own line of greetings cards, something that she has wanted to do since she was a 15-year-old.

She is doing it at a time when she has a four-year-old in tow and is holding down a part-time job at the business where she originally got her ideas from more than 15 years ago.

“I knew that I wanted to start my own card range for a long time, but with a four-year-old I struggled to find time to put pen to paper and sketch my ideas,” said Rachel. “However, once I started, I struggled to stop!

“I’ve been fortunate enough to work in the Celtic Company, surrounded by lovely cards, on and off since I was 15 and have always thought how I’d like to walk past my own cards on the spinners one day.

“I wanted quirky designs with a bit of humour and to design something a bit different but also fairly simple, so after filling a notebook with sketches I picked 12 that I thought would represent a full range of occasions.”

Her sketches have been brought alive by local graphic designer Oliver Davies, of OBD Designs, and they are already available at the Celtic Company, as well as outlets in Newtown and Shrewsbury.

“It’s a dream come true really, said Rachel. “It is something special to be able to see my own work now available at the Celtic Company and the other outlets.”

To see more of Rachel’s work, pop in to the Celtic Company on the High Street in town.


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