Before committing herself to the business full-time, Jodie worked as a nanny for eight years and as circumstances changed she found the right moment to make the transition.
“I set up a Facebook business page when I thought that I’d come up with enough stock to list and worked really hard to get my followers and to be exposed. As I got busier, I finished up with another one of my nannying jobs as they were leaving the country. I was devastated but felt it was meant to be as I would never have left the children I looked after. But I now believe that that door was suppose to close for this door to open and to be able to put 100 percent into my business.”
The act of upcycling and refurbishing is not new. For millennia, people have been manipulating and transforming objects to suit their needs. As Chris Anderson puts it, ‘We are all born makers.” But, what makes Jodie’s business unique is the way she handles the timber, adding texture, warmth, colour and turning something dull into an beach inspired piece that suits the customer’s home.
“It gives me goosebumps when I receive photographs from my customers of my work in their home and the beautiful comments that are sent along with it. To think that I have created something that they utterly love and is being used and viewed by all their family and friends is amazing,” says Jodie.
“I have people contact me all the time who have the perfect sized piece of furniture, with the perfect amount of storage, or something that is sentimental to them that has been passed down in generations but they don’t have the heart to throw it out or it could just be outdated and the colour is all wrong. That’s where I come in and custom paint their item in colours that suit their home, add new handles or I add recycled timber to it for a complete new look.”