Our Story

Green Grove Designs' Shop at Redlands Yard

A Little Bit About Me!

How it all Started:

Starting by making greeting cards featuring puns and hand-painted watercolour designs whilst working a part-time cafe job, running a full-time business wasn't a thought I had even entertained! I have never been one to stick to any career path. I wanted to be an author when I was a kid, which then change to wanting to own and run a cafe, which changed to wanting to be a tutor with the Open University with whom I studied with. So, I suppose a lot of my career aspirations growing up involved being self employed in some sense!

As was the case for many people, the Covid-19 pandemic meant that I was furloughed, and it was during this time that I seriously started working on Green Grove Designs (formerly Paperchain Designs!) I started by buying charms and assembling them onto hooks, but soon realised that I wasn't using my skills to their best extent, and knew I needed to make the jewellery myself from scratch in order to feel accomplished. So, after a bit of brain-storming, I came to the conclusion that Polymer Clay would be my material of choice, since I was familiar with it after growing up with my mum making mini sculptures from FIMO.


Fast Forward Several Months...

Whilst being in and out of lockdowns, the cafe I worked for ended up letting me go, and I accepted a temporary 6 month job in marketing, whilst working on my jewellery and applying for craft markets. I came to realise over these 6 months that running a full-time business was something I could see myself doing. At the end of the 6 months, I was offered a permanent job with the company I was with. We were still in lockdown, and having grown the start of what would be a really successful small business, I realised that it was now or never, and refused the offer to work full-time on my business! This was one of the best decisions I have ever made.


Where are we Now?

Over 2 years later, Green Grove Designs continues to grow and thrive! I couldn't imagine I'd ever be where I am now. With a stunning little shop/studio at Redlands Yard, a fully-booked year at markets and a growing list of Green Grove stockists, I am certain that I made the right decision and I am eternally grateful for my customers and everyone who has supported me in some way in my journey.


My Inspirations:

My inspiration has always been nature. Growing up in the countryside and regularly going outside, I find solace amongst the trees, sheltered in the branches and leaves. Everything we have ultimately stems from the natural world, which is why I feel duty-bound to respect and protect it. With every purchase, I fund the planting of one tree via Switch2Zero, and we have proudly planted over 1900 trees, the equivalent of almost 2 forests (The majority of these have been with Ecologi, but we switched partners in October 2023 to Switch2Zero.) I also offset 6 tonnes of CO2 per year. You can find more information about our environmental progress on our FAQ's section, our home page, via the Ecologi link below and the Switch2Zero image!

Ecologi Dashboard 

Green Grove Designs' Climate Impact