Hello! My name is Clarissa Ward and The House of Bean is my creation, I am a 16 year old from Leicester who started this blog after many years of designing and developing my own handmade textile product brand. The name of my brand has changed many times, the last being ‘The Crafty Critter’, this stuck for around 2 years before realising I needed something more professional sounding. ‘The House of Bean’ comes from a name my brother used to call me as a baby ‘human bean’ as opposed to ‘human being’, and the nickname ‘Bean’ and many derivatives of it have stuck ever since. I started my creative journey from a young age, being taught by my Spanish Mother and Granny how to sew, stitch and knit. I quickly became engaged with sewing and a spot of jewellery making and began to sell my products to school friends. This became an online shop which has then been renewed and changed over the years. I try my hand at most things, I do home furnishings, clothes, wall hangings, embroidery, bags, polymer clay jewellery ,and typography prints. And so the creativity bug had bitten and I soon found that there was a genuine interest in the market for my products, I sell on a large base of places, Etsy, Folksy, eBay and a couple of local shops in my area. (you can find my Etsy shop by clicking on the ‘shop’ link in the banner)
My next love is travel. Nothing specific or particularly planned, just in general – travel, wanderlusting, exploration, adventure. My ultimate dream is to travel the world in a renovated camper van, maybe settling for long enough to get my selling under way before moving on to see another part of the world. I love the idea of spontaneous travel, of having the freedom and ability to get up and go one morning, because the world is your oyster. One of my favorite quotes relating to this is ‘the world is a book and those who do not travel stay only on one page’, and this I think is a very prevalent statement. I love quotes and saying like this (I’ll refer back all the time – you’ll get used to that!) and I use them as inspiration in my typography artwork and hand embroidery pieces.
Being now in my first year of A-Levels, I am fine-tuning my subject choices and school work to coincide with my own passions and interests. One opportunity I got to do this was by doing another AS Level called EPQ, standing for Extended Project Qualification, it comprises of a 5000 min. word essay written over the year on a subject question of your choice, and you must provide a diary of your efforts to complete this along the year. Part of this blog will serve as my diary. The question I am tackling is quite close to home, ‘Is traveling running away from something or running towards it?’. This question aims mainly at the nomads, adventurers, free spirits and travellers of this world, but also the opposing argument of why maybe travel isn’t the best thing, and I hope to get lots of feedback from you guys on this blog! My diary for this EPQ will be tracked on the ‘Travel’ section of the blog and will feature what books I’m reading that are related (currently it’s Walking Home by Lynn Schooler), snippets of other peoples blogs who I find thought provoking, inspirational articles, anecdotes from friends and family and anything else I find travel-related which will get me to think.
A few other things about me before you get too bored, is that I’m very heavily involved in the scouting movement, one adventure is that I’m going on The World Scout Jamboree next year to Japan, which I have to raise a lot of money for! With scouting, I also am training to be a young leader and hope to one day achieve my Young Leader and Queens Scout Awards.
I also REALLY love baking and cooking, I’ll keep sharing the recipes that have worked for me (sometimes they don’t because I’m a devil at adapting the recipe to the way I think it should be done) and keep taking those instagram-esque filter photos of them! OH… mentioning that, I also do love photography and am absolutely in love with my new instagram account (thehouseofbean_official) I’m just starting out with about 250 followers at the minute but I absolutely LOVE posting on it and really appreciate the lovely comments and interactions I get from people all over the world! Feel free to drop me a follow!
Right well I think that’s enough about me for now! I’ll start posting proper pictures and blog posts from now on, I just thought I might introduce myself first ☮
Thanks for dropping by and reading my first blog post!
Keep doing what you love, Clarissa x