I first started crafting when I was about 6 when my Mum taught me how to use her new sewing machine. Very brave of her I think as I won't let anyone use mine haha! She loved to try out new crafts and I grew up going on her journey with her. But what I remember most of all is the joy of having my Gran teach me to crochet, knit and form patchwork when I was around 8 years old. I was an only child until I was 16 so I would happily spend my time making something and watching Blue Peter :-D
Due to an injury I had to give up my job in my 20's and so I took up my sewing again and became a seamstress for a few years until my daughter came along. Its a bit hard sewing with a little one around hahaha!
The kind of crafting that I do now all results from developing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 10 years ago. My neighbour made cards for a living and I asked her to make me one and she said no...have a go yourself hahaha!!! So I did and that opened up a whole new world for me. I found a forum to chat on so I didn't feel so isolated and 'met' some lovely people. I entered challenges and eventually got onto Design Teams.
I am now very happy playing with paints, chipboard & stamps. I am on the *Tando Creative* design team and through that have been lucky to go to Trade Shows and to demonstrate. I have a fantastic husband who supports me all the way and 3 loopy cats who I adore! Life is good!!!!
When I started on this journey I had all my crafty bits in one box now look...I have a whole craft room...
The other end is my sewing area which in reality is where I do my ironing YUK!!! You don't want to see the mahoosive pile shouting at me.
What am I working on at the moment?
I always try to work ahead so that if I feel unwell I can just rest for a few days without worrying. I have a guest spot at *The Craft Barn* coming up using some fantastic new fabric paints so I am trying out some ideas with those. Lovely colours (I love lots of colour, purple being my favourite). I shall use a mask/stencil with them and layer up some stamping for the background I expect.
How does your work differ from others in your genre?
er...not sure that it does hahaha! I do like to use colour and which ones depend on my mood at the time or what leaps out at me from the prompt I am given. I tend to make up the 3D items at Tando, which I love doing and try to show people that if I can do it they can too!
Why do I create what I do?
Because I love it! Its therapy! I love painty hands!!! I enjoy making things now as much as when I was 6years old.
How does your creating process work?
Slowly hahahahaha!!!!! I just go with the flow! You would be amazed how much ends up in the bin!
SO, now I need to nominate a few people to carry on with this hop...its hard to choose as there are so many excellent crafters out ther! But I choose..
Dawn, my Pesky Sister she does amazing journaling and even makes her own fantastic books (and mine). She is a lot cleverer than she realises!
Diane (Diane's Mutterings) she is a patchwork/quilter who does beautiful work and is on her own journey. I admire her and her humour very much!
Gay (Crafty Musings) she does the most beautiful CAS cards I have seen. They are so clean and neat, a wonderful crafter!
Take a look at the above blogs next Monday to see what they have to say.