I’m not one to ask for help let alone money, but being in my fifties, it’s now or never …
Before I explain what my wish is for, let me give you some back ground information:
I have always worked for a living. Over the years I have scrimped and saved until five years ago was able to buy a tiny* (although rundown) two bedroom bungalow in Wales UK. Since then I have been trying to do a little renovation when I can (no, I don’t want money for that) but as years go by our income seems to cover less and less.
I try to save but something crops up to empty the pot time and time again. I stopped drinking and smoking four years ago to save a few pounds (still tea total and smoke free to this day … I am so proud of myself!) I’ve also sold all my good jewellery just to pay for the last heating oil bill we had (we’re determined not to get in to debt) but my dream keeps getting further and further out of reach.
So this is my wish …. I would like to build a shed.
Yes I know, out of all the wishes in the world … I wish for a shed!
I was brought up with the notion that if you can’t afford it you go without and I have been quite happy to live that way. I love the simple things in life, I make do and mend when I can and over time have picked up many skills in the process. I have also picked up an array of hobbies, if it’s creative I probably do it! I make jewellery, crochet, macramé, Pyrography a little painting, photography …. You get my drift.
Remember I mentioned the size of our home?* Well this is becoming an issue, we have no room to manoeuvre with all the craft stuff and tools everywhere, and no extra cash to create more room!
It’s a catch-22 situation, if I could make and sell enough of my creations I could make the money to build a shed, but I don’t have the room to work and store enough creations to sell to make this much money quickly. I made the pieces pictured above along with a few other items which are stored in a box in the wardrobe at the moment. I am in the process of itemising everything so that I can create a website, but it’s difficult working with a board on my lap in the living room!
This shed will give my family their home (and sanity) back; It will also give me my space to concentrate and develop my skills further then eventually start selling my work as a side line, resulting in a better income and in turn we’ll be able to afford to finish renovating this little rundown house of ours before I retire from my full time job. Therefore this shed needs to last.
You’re probably wondering where my family are financially in all this. My partner is disabled and had to retire due to his illness when he was in his thirties. My son, who is 20, was due to finish college this year until the lockdown, he is now unemployed with no income because we’re shielding … did I mention my house was small?
I will need to employ someone to lay a base, build, treat and fully insulate the shed, add shelving and add an electrical power point.
From information I have collected online, the estimated cost of the build is £5,000 – this includes everything except for the electric (I can’t for the life of me find an electrician to come and give me a quote, so I shall have to just make do with an extension lead to start with!)
I really hope you will be able to donate towards this project so that I can get on with doing what I’m good at … creating.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post.