Peta's raking in the dough

Dabbling in play dough creation with her young daughter has led to a thriving home business for Peta Chalmers.
Dabbling in play dough creation with her young daughter has led to a thriving home business for Peta Chalmers. Bev Lacey

PLAY time with her young daughter has led to a lucrative home business for Peta “The Play Dough Lady” Chalmers.

From her kids’ play room Mrs Chalmers has been churning out play dough by the bucket load.

What started as an experiment has turned into a “fully fledged business” - and the orders keep piling up.

“It’s unreal how much interest there’s been,” she said.

“I get most of my business from Facebook. However much time I put in, I get back in sales.”

Inspiration struck Mrs Chalmers during a trip to markets in Toowoomba two years ago.

“I asked my daughter if she could get anything from the markets, what it would be,” she said.

“She wanted rainbow play dough, and that got me thinking.”

Since beginning her technicolour adventure, Mrs Chalmers has branched out into the world of aromatherapy.

When rolling balls of lavender-infused dough, she seldom makes it past a few containers before dozing off.

“It sounds dumb, but it really helps to get kids - and adults - to sleep,” she said.

“Some people even use my eucalyptus play dough to help them quit smoking.”

Combining a home business with raising two small kids, she has her work cut out.

“But I’m loving every minute of it,” she said.

To see the Mrs Chalmer’s products go to

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