2020 has been a challenging year but it has also been a year of creativity. We’ve heard stories of many people using their downtime as an opportunity to embrace their hidden talents, channel their inner creativeness and in some instances, set up small businesses to share their talents with the world.
We know that some of our agency workers have many talents outside of the world of nursing, and we asked them to share their stories!
”I had always liked being creative and baking. The Costa Cupcake Company is my little baby and was created when I lived in Spain (hence the Costa part). After I was made redundant I found myself pottering around the kitchen and embraced Mr Kipling’s ethos – I was finally making exceedingly good cakes! My new business venture grew from a hobby into a full-blown business overnight. I now have a registered and insured cake studio and design cakes for weddings, birthdays and events.”
Prices start from £10
Visit The Costa Cake Company Facebook page here or email Tracy-ann at email@example.com
”I design clothing, picture frames and many other items. My designs and products are available via Amazon.co.uk, Etsy and eBay.”
Prices range from £9.99 – £35.00
You can find Inspirations Zone through one of the retailers listed or alternatively, visit their website Inspirationszone.com
”I offer facial aesthetics, Botox and fillers to help with wrinkle reduction, hyperhidrosis and migraines. I am
NMP fully insured and licensed, operating across Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Wales and Herefordshire.”
Prices range from £100 – £500
You can contact Jessica via her Facebook page here or Instagram page here.
”Tales of Nursing in Diaspora brings you twenty candid stories of nurses living and working in diaspora. From places such as America, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe, these individuals have pursued nursing careers outside of their home countries and want to share their stories.”
You can purchase a copy of Tales in Diaspora as an e-book or hardback through Amazon. You can also follow the journeys of contributing nurses on social media via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
”I am a sleep consultant helping tired parents. I offer 1-2-1 advice and using gentle techniques I coach you to help you and your little ones learn the skills needed to sleep through the night.”
Prices start from £80
You can contact Jana via her Facebook page here or visit her website here.
”We are two A&E nurses who love to spend our spare time coming up with crafty creations. During the 2020 lockdown, our ideas blossomed and we have been busy designing and creating beautiful box frames, inspired by paper roses. As we haven’t been able to raise money for our hospital charity this year in the usual ways, we decided to donate 10% of every frame purchased to The Grand Appeal charity. This means that when you purchase a product from us you will also be providing the amazing young people and families who enter Bristol Children’s Hospital, with the exceptional care they require and deserve.”
Prices range from £16 -£22.50
You can contact Jodie and the Creating Paper Roses team via Facebook or Instagram by searching for @Creating_Paper_Roses.
”I am a Birmingham based stand-up comic, performing on the circuit for over 15 years. I have appeared on BBC Asian Network Live and was the UK Pun Champion in 2017 at the Leicester comedy festival. I also became a breakfast host on FreeRadio (Birmingham). Check out my podcast, “Crazy Little Thing Called Lovdev,” available on most platforms.”
You can follow Lovdev on Facebook or Instagram.
”I illustrated some fun and bright drawings of animals found in the Kenyan Maasai Mara. I have prints which come in yellow or red and in 3 sizes, which all can be personalised with a child’s name or initials for free. The prints can be used to decorate a child’s room, nurseries, schools etc. I also just completed a colouring book for children which I am releasing prior to Christmas 2020 and offering a pre-order reduce price.”
Prices range from £6.99 – £30.
You can purchase a print by visiting the Mtoto website here. Alternatively, follow the Instagram page by searching for @mtoto.art
”I have been singing for a long time and recently started learning music production. I have one song on Spotify called ‘I Want To’ by Charly Swahn. I am working on getting other songs up there soon. I started gigging in Bristol before lockdown sand will start again soon.”
Follow Charly’s music journey on Facebook here.