Mama knows best....
Shoe-designer turned upcycle-enthusiast, Catherine Peters, 39, has turned passion into business with the launch of Mint & Mama.
Instead of buying new furniture these days, renovating your old cabinets and drawers has taken trend in the last few years and Catherine intends to source pre-loved decor and turn it into something completely new.
On-hand with her artistic services, the name Mint & Mama is based on Catherine’s two favourite things.
She said: “Well mint is my favourite colour, my favourite tea, favourite aroma and of course Mama, because that is what my little boy calls me and I love being a mum to him.”
Equipped with up-cycling ideas – from Moroccan tea tables to restoring a set of drawers or dressing table – Catherine’s inspiration comes from a long-loved hobby:
“I’ve always up-cycled bits of furniture for my own personal use and started attending projects at Lytham Festival, such as festival of stories, where donations were made such as old doors and gates from old theatres.
“I took two old gates and turned them into a table, using table legs I already had and re-conditioning the gates as a tabletop.
“I thoroughly enjoy creating new things and thought why not turn it into a business.”
Along with her new business venture, Catherine – from South Shore – has recently been selected by The Grundy, as part of an art workshop project, in which pre-school children can learn new techniques through fun and enhancing lessons.
She said: “I’ve been hosting ‘design your own’ shoe workshops, with the pre-school children, so they can learn something new and different.
“Every workshop is different and I like to introduce them to new drawing techniques and at the end, they have the chance to have their work featured in The Grundy Art Gallery.”
With future hopes of her own retail park premises, with a range of workshops for all ages, Catherine’s humble up-cycling business has already gained a strong Facebook following.
“I love what I’m doing right now and the response has been great so far.
“In the long-run, a space where I can incorporate a workshop, gallery and even tearoom for both children and parents to relax would be fantastic.
“The option to buy art or design a product would also be included, but all-in-all, I’d like a space that represents a one-stop shop for creativity.”
For more information, search for Mint & Mama on Facebook.