Young entrepreneur set up crafting business to help reduce screen time from our digital world

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My Own Hands Ireland is a crafting business where we make crafting kits for new hobbyists and crafters who would like to try something new and break away from screens. The kits supply you with everything you need, including step by step online tutorials to help you complete your masterpiece. 

Created by a young entrepreneur Mariosa Gallagher in April 2021, My Own Hands Ireland began when she found herself spending too much time on devices and wanted space from the digital world that became more prevalent during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Like many others where we were trapped at home feeling isolated, anxious and wanted new avenues to spend our time at home. Recent statistics highlighted that screen time and social media use has increased by 70% during 2020/2021 which has negatively impacted our mental health. New outlets like sewing keeps your mind engaged, improves your mood and builds confidence. My Own Hands Ireland ethos is self care and mindfulness while feeling productive when learning a new skill.  

My Own Hands Founder, Mariosa Gallagher said: “2020 was a very strange year for all of us. Working from home and feeling like I never actually stepped away from the office or devices. I wanted a creative outlet and thought I would try my hands at some new hobbies like painting, knitting and sewing. It was honestly the best decision for me personally, creating something with my hands and then proudly displaying it in my home has given me so much satisfaction and self confidence that I just had to share the feeling”.  

For more information on My Own Hands Ireland visit here: 

Sarah Brooks

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