Mum’s ‘me time’ turned into a career

Mary Harvey with her son Anthony Clark in her shop, Mary Moo Gifts, on Sutton Market Place, which started whilst looking after Anthony who is autistic.
Mary Harvey with her son Anthony Clark in her shop, Mary Moo Gifts, on Sutton Market Place, which started whilst looking after Anthony who is autistic.

A mother’s hobby while caring for her disabled son has blossomed into a career.

Mary Harvey cared full time for her son Anthony who was born with one arm and is autistic.

She started making jewellery fours years ago as a way to take some time out.

Mrs Harvey (53) said: “I just made jewellery to have a bit of a break as I was caring for Anthony 24/7 and it was tough at times.

“It was just a way for me to have a bit of ‘me’ time.”

She bought a kit from a shopping channel and started the craft.

Friends bought items from her and she eventually plucked up the courage to take her designs to local craft fairs.

She then took her designs to Idlewells Market.

She said: “People were really supportive and wanted to learn how I made the items. It was really encouraging.”

Now she has opened her shop in Sutton.

She said: “I never dreamed this could turn into a career. I’m never going to be a millionaire but it helps pay the rent and I really enjoy what I do.”

Anthony (20) now has his own flat and independence.

Mrs Harvey added: “It was daunting and slow at first but I just kept at it.

“It’s amazing to have turned a hobby into my job and would encourage others to start their own business.”

Mary Moo Gifts, on Market Place sells her handmade jewellery, as well as other gifts including scented candles, Himalayan salt lamps, gems and minerals and scarves.