I'm super happy to share the latest in the series of '5 mins with'…I was amazed to find out that Sarah is the person who made my much beloved 'Christmas Book'. It's a journal which you fill out at Christmas every year as a keepsake of the family gatherings, rituals and traditions. I've been keeping mine religiously since 2006. So it was remarkable finding that a local bod was the lovely person behind it.
I love finding out how Chiswick folk spend their days juggling home, kids and business. Thanks for all the emails telling me how much you guys like these pieces too.
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So here we are – it's time to meet the lovely Sarah Watts from Two Little Boys. Read on and find out why ice-cream, the river and micro-sized handbags help make up Sarah's busy Chiswick life…And read right to the end for possibly the coolest hidden talent that I've featured on this blog :-)
Name: Sarah Watts
Business: Two Little Boys Ltd
How long have you been in Chiswick: Pretty much my whole life, was brought up here, moved to Notting Hill in my 20's for a bit but came back to start a family.
Favourite place to unwind in Chiswick: The riverside. There's a particular spot near The Black Lion that I remember watching the boat race from with my grandmother, it has a perfect view of the life on the river and I've often spent a lot of time there sitting and putting the world to rights.
What's your local top tip? Our local independent shops are such an important part of what makes our high street special. So my top tip would be, simply, to support them.
Chiswick's hidden gem? Fouberts! When I was looking for my first job aged 18, I used to meet up with a friend at Fouberts for a toasted sandwich. Now that it has moved around the corner, the ice-cream is the main event and it's delicious!
Vacation or Staycation? I'm really bad at travelling and don't really like holidays. I convince my best mate to come into town with me for a weekend of good food, sightseeing and afternoon naps now and again and it works brilliantly.
If you weren't in Chiswick? If someone gave me a flat by the river next to Tate Modern, I'd be tempted to move. Otherwise, Chiswick is just right for me!
Tell us aboutTwo Little Boys. I created Two Little Boys Ltd to fit around bringing up my children. For instance, my first ever trade fair was 3 days after my twin sons started at school which was fun as I seem to remember picking up Selfridges, Liberty and Fenwick at that show and still sitting down to eat with my children in the evenings.
The range is eclectic as it all comes from my head, but most products have the family in mind, whether it's facilitating 25 years of a family history in a single book (The Christmas Yearbook), activity gifts for children or our notebooks that make great stocking fillers. I often work on the basis that 'just because they're children, they don't have to put up with bad design'. I really wish I had had some of my Snap cards to play with when my children were small – I hated the generic illustrations on the ones I'd bought at the time!
Apart from the business, what other hats do you wear? I gave birth to three babies in a year which has been pretty time consuming!! Now that they're teenagers, my life seems to revolve around work and filling out application forms or permission slips for them all (no-one warns about that in the mum's manual). I have an enormous photographic library and whenever I get the time, will wander around snapping. Anyone who is with me has learned to be patient as I suddenly stop to take a shot at any given moment.
What's on your bedside table? Sleep can be a real issue for me – either waking up way too early or not being able to nod off. I was given a lamp that turns off with just a touch which has revolutionised my life as there's no jolt awake as I stop reading and turn out the light. I read alot, so there is always a pile of books I've read and a pile of books I'm going to read on my table, I start to panic if I don't have at least 2 in the 'to read' pile.
How cute are these IOUs for kids? Lovely lovely lovely...
Is there a book in your bag? As soon as I ditched the baby SACK that I had to carry around for an eternity, my handbag went micro-sized. No room for a book.
Glass half full or half empty? I'm an optimist neurotic, so half full but I would wonder who drank half of the glass.
Secret talent? Haha! I do have a ridiculously useless ability to write joined up mirror writing very quickly. It has served no purpose whatsoever in my life.