Thrilled Armthorpe mum up for award

Phillipa Barrass, of Armthorpe, has been nominated for a national award for her cross stitching business. She is pictured with children Niamh, two and William four.  Picture: Marie Caley D4633MC

Phillipa Barrass, of Armthorpe, has been nominated for a national award for her cross stitching business. She is pictured with children Niamh, two and William four. Picture: Marie Caley D4633MC

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Many mums are set to put their feet up after they’ve put the kids to bed at 7pm - but not mumpreneur Phillipa Barrass.

For Phillipa, that’s when her work is just beginning.

She runs Make Me Cross, designing and hand-stitching personalised cross stitch plaques from her home on Mansfield Crescent, Armthorpe.

Her enterprise has just scooped a number of nominations in The Mumpreneur Awards 2013 - a national scheme for mums who run their own enterprises.

“I’m thrilled to be nominated,” said Phillipa, 33, who lives with her partner, Nick, 32, and children William, four, and Niamh, two.

“The kids are off to bed at 7pm and that’s when my work starts. It’s perfect - it keeps my brain in gear and some of the feedback I get from customers brings a tear to my eye.”

Phillipa set up Make Me Cross after having William and being unable to find a suitable personalised plaque for him. She hadn’t cross stitched for years but decided to create her own.

“It did take me an awfully long time to complete but it was exactly what I wanted,” she said. “I thought that if I was looking for something unusual, maybe other people don’t just want run of the mill either.”

Phillipa, who has another baby on the way, has been nominated in three award categories. She has already received a Bronze Award 2013 for her website, www.makemecross.co.uk.