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'Handmade Heart shop is run solely by myself, Kayleigh McDaid. I am almost 30, engaged to Mike and a mother to one, almost-3-year-old Lilly Beau. I never really knew what I wanted to “be” when I grew up, and although we did a tiny bit of sewing in school and I had gained an A Level in Textiles, I never really used my skills any further. To be honest most of my skills now are pretty self-taught as we skipped a LOT of those college classes.. (I’m surprised I even passed).

I could never really get the hang of a sewing machine back then and probably used it twice in my whole time on that course, avoiding it like the plague. I also always said I never “wanted” kids. This still haunts me as I really don’t know where I’d be now if I hadn’t fallen pregnant with Lilly Beau, when I did.

I didn’t fully understand everything that went with parenting back then and was pretty naive about it all. And it wasn’t that I didn’t want Lilly either, because as soon as I realised I was pregnant, I knew that motherhood was the right path for me. I was ok with it by that point. Heck I was even pretty excited, and it scared me, because she changed me so much.

I realise now I could never have known the love I would have for another person, even before she was born. During my pregnancy, I suffered the worst severe sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum or “HG”) and was signed off sick from my job as a waitress for months. I found it difficult to function, throwing up pretty much all day everyday with no apparent cure, despite all the advice and medications throughout those grueling 42 weeks. I still say Never again! And, I really mean it. It was AWFUL!!!

Spending most of my time in bed, with a sick bowl attached to me wasn’t my idea of fun and I started looking for things to do with my time on those occasions where the sickness was almost tolerable. I started by googling how to make cushion covers and was hand-sewing anything in sight.I made baby dresses for my newborn and did everything by hand until I was advised to try and sell my products.

I opened an etsy shop, bought a sewing machine and somehow found myself here. I’m grateful for the path it took for me to get here.
My daughter really inspired me to create from the beginning, and I owe it all to Lilly Beau and the support from my partner.’