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Consciously Creative With Guest Helen Kelly My name is Helen Kelly, I'm 31, married and a mother of three boys. I'm the creator/sewist behind EzyBabe; my small business I run from home. We've been in Nelson for 5 and a bit years now.. I was born and raised in West Auckland and as I have grown have moved steadily southwards. We love Nelson - everyone is so kind and friendly and it's a great place to raise our three boys. I've always been creative in some way. Writing, drawing and my mum taught me from a young age the skills of sewing, embroidery, crochet and we attempted knitting but that didn't work out too well! As I got older and had children time for creativity sort of fell by the wayside a bit. I truly got back into sewing after I had our third child Ezra. He had an emergency birth and it was pretty traumatic with a stay in Wellington NICU and Nelson SCBU. Sewing became a way for me to de-stress and relax a bit. I started off sewing baby things like bibs and blankets and it grew from there into what it is today. My biggest passion is in reuseable products, particularly reuseable menstrual cloth, breast feeding pads and also cloth nappies - EzyBabe was born from this. I've since discovered an addiction for fabric... I see a piece and I just know it needs to be made into pads or nappies or whatever! The fabric calls me! What is your earliest creative memory? It's hard to recall my earliest memory of creating... but I have lots of precious memories from growing up with my very creative mum. I remember watching her make things. She used to do all sorts - painting shirts, making toy boxes and cushions, knitting and embroidery. When I was old enough she started to teach me.

stitch pieces during my recovery time and I still have some of them! What inspires you and your creativity? Ezra and also my mum, who was diagnosed with dementia 5 years ago, are the inspiration behind why I do what I do - My inspiration in life are my family. My kids. Particularly Ezra and these days also my Mum. Though she no longer creates due to her dementia I feel like me creating is for her. She still likes to see what I'm making so it's nice to be able to share a bit of that with her. I continue to strive to make EzyBabe a working business so I can be home for my children whilst also contributing to the household (and keeping my sanity!). My focus on reuseable products comes from wanting my children to have a better future than what they are facing if we don't make changes to the way we live now. I want to raise awareness of these issues whilst also providing solutions and making the items affordable and fun. My creativity also comes from wanting to constantly challenge myself. I like teaching myself new techniques; seeing what I can achieve with my own hands and also knowing that what I make gives other people happiness is a wonderful thing. Tips for others finding their creative path: My advice for anybody is to follow your dreams. Even if it seems impossible. Do what you love. Don't give up, it will happen. Would you like to add anything else? I have not much else to say except I truly love what I do and am so very grateful for the support I receive from my customers Find out more on her Facebook: www.facebook.com/EzyBabeBabiesGoods

I can vividly remember being 10 and I had just had double foot surgery so was off school and incredibly bored. I must have sewn 3 or 4 cross

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