My name is Amanda Bloom, lover of all things creative and cute. I live in Cheshire with my beautiful daughter Jenny.
In 2013 Jenny was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour. She was 15 at the time. I closed my hairdressing salon and focused on caring for my darling girl.
I had always loved making things and had a blog called Amanda Makes where I shared my creative life with many other fabulous makers around the world. When Jenny got sick, creativity became our comfort blanket and therapy. The thing I enjoyed most was crochet. What had been a pleasant hobby became a passion.
Two years after Jenny’s diagnosis she was doing well; better than we could have hoped, so after much discussion and planning I decided to go back to work on a part time basis. The question then became what could I do that would fit around caring for Jenny and that I would enjoy? There’s nothing like cancer to focus your mind on prioritising fulfilment and enjoyment rather than status and making millions!
One day, whilst on holiday with Jenny, I came across the website of a Subscription Beauty Box. I had never heard of the concept of monthly subscription boxes. ( I must have been asleep because there are LOADS of them!) I loved the idea of receiving a sweet box of surprises every month! A wee gift to yourself! Not being big on beauty products, I started searching for a company doing creative boxes. I couldn’t find a crochet one that I liked so I decided that there was a gap and pressing need for a delicious monthly box of crochet. I knew that I’d stumbled across my ‘thing’.
The next few months brought many highs and lows as I planned my new venture and dealt with the devastating news that Jenny’s cancer had returned.
She is doing fine at the moment and is very excited about Amanda Bloom’s Little Box of Crochet, taking an interest in every detail and offering wise opinions when I’m not sure about something! And all for free! Our home is full of love and now you’re part of that as I plan and design, pack and wrap in our cosy sitting room. Sometimes I need to enlist some help and we have a lot of fun as we work.
I hope from the bottom of my heart that you will have the same enjoyment from the moment your Little Box of Crochet arrives each month. I would love to hear from you and see your makes. You can use the hashtag #littleboxofcrochet on Instagram; follow our page @littleboxofcrochet; or like our page on Facebook …Little Box of Crochet.
Big hugs to all of you!
I am now learning to live with the loss of my beautiful Jenny. I want to take a moment to acknowledge the huge part she played in the creation of Little Box of Crochet. She has given me the inspiration and resolve to go on, knowing how much she loved it and how integral she is to making it what it is today: a gorgeous community of like-minded people, bought together by such good things – friendship, creativity and compassion.
Thank you all so much for the love and support you give us all – it is so comforting. You have been, and continue to be, amazing.