Sarah builds new Hoxne business with a little help from some slime
A mum-of-three is forging ahead with a new business after discovering the joy of slime.
Sarah Brown, 28, founded Just Add Kids in August while on maternity leave and looking for a new direction.
She had already been exploring the possibility of running arts and crafts parties when she was given sudden inspiration, courtesy of her niece, Lexi.
“Lexi is slime mad,” said Sarah, who lives in Hoxne.
“I was looking after her one day and, to entertain her, started looking for slime recipes online. Through a process of trial and error, and a little bit of luck, we managed to get the ingredients just right.
“I thought I would add slime making to my idea for crafts parties, which I had organised for my own daughter, Isabel, who’s seven, in the past.”
As a result, Sarah’s slime making workshops have been proving hugely popular, even attracting queues. She has taken them to schools, fairs, cafes, shops and people’s houses.
“Slime is made up of PVA glue, bicarbonate of soda and contact lens solution,” said Sarah.
“Over the past few months, I have made gallons of slime, which you can then adapt for different themes, such as by using shaving foam for fluffy slime and little charms for an Alice in Wonderland effect.
“It’s girls who seem to be the biggest slime fans because of the pretty colours you can make.”
Sarah has also introduced Teepee Dreams to her business for sleepover parties.
“Along with an indoor teepee, we take along a mattress, duvet, pillow, sheets, cushions, a nightlight or lantern and sweets or popcorn,” she said.
“Other decorations include a clapperboard lightbox with whiteboard pen, bunting and string lights.
“The we set them up and take them down, as we do for the craft parties and slime workshops.
“I set up the company in August and, although I’m not quite full-time yet, it’s getting really busy. We have sold out for some workshops and they are proving a real hit.
“My children, Isabel and Oscar, who’s three, enjoy it, too. My newborn, Aneurin, is a bit young yet, but may do when he is older.”