Hello everyone. Thought I’d share my crafting journey with you this time, for something a little different. The decisions you make which take you on a different journey and a new adventure.
Where did it all start? Well, I blame my Mum wholeheartedly. Mum has always been an avid knitter and a dressmaker having made her own wedding dress with a hand winding Singer sewing machine.
She taught me to knit at the age of 11 and I picked it up fairly quickly. I was then brought my first tapestry kit which I absolutely loved and then did a few of those before later getting into cross stitch. Then when I left school in 1988, I purchased my first rubber stamps whilst we were on holiday in Cornwall, didn’t really know what to do with them until a few years later a certain Dawn Bibby appeared on our TV screens on a Tuesday afternoon on a home shopping channel. Well, she blew our minds. Mum got addicted to watching her and was soon ordering lots of products. How great it was to see the products demonstrated and shown how to use them. Mum and I put the knitting and tapestry down and broke into card making. I then started working full-time in London for the Metropolitan Police at New Scotland Yard, and hours and time to craft were very limited. I did get myself booked into a jewellery making course and started making jewellery.
I gave up on card making for a few years whilst having a busy job and not enough time to do anything, I still continued knitting and cross stitch.
What started me into card making again? Well, my Dad suffered a heart attack and I ended up giving up my job as a medical secretary to be his carer as mum is disabled and couldn’t cope on her own looking after him. He’d shown early signs of Parkinson’s Disease. It was a struggle to work many hours and I hadn’t got the client base so Mum and I would watch Dawn Bibby and buy a few kits here and there, who am I kidding, I think one was delivered practically every week. A Cuttlebug appeared and some Spellbinders layering dies – what a concept they were. How many of us started off with those? Then we followed Dawn to the other craft shopping channel where we happened to discover Tonic Studios. A bigger die cutting machine was needed and along came the Spellbinders Grand Calibre. What a machine that was. More dies, embossing folders, cardstock later… we were addicted.
One of my first ever cards with Dawn Bibby peel offs
The next big adventure was when I got to make my first samples for a new craft channel. What an honour and a privilege that was to be asked for the launch of Joytopia a brand headed by Rebecca Seddon.
I also taught myself to crochet during this time 😉 Never too old to learn a new skill!! I also taught myself how to knit socks.
My first sock
My finished crochet blanket
And then a launch of a brand new Craft Channel launched on our screens in 2015. Hochanda was born. I remember the early days… I don’t think I saw the first show but started becoming an avid viewer when Tonic joined. I haven’t looked back since. I then started blogging for Hochanda and now make samples of the Craft Buddy’s Crystal Art designs that sparkle on your TV screens and also do some samples every now and then for Dawn Bibby and Craft Buddy.
Mum with her crystal art
A Tonic Card
My crafting has changed. I’m always learning something new. My latest thing is mixed media, oh and of course patchwork! Something I always wanted to do and have been lucky enough to be able to pick it up thanks to a make and take at Create It in May 2018.
I’ve been very lucky to be able to visit Hochanda a couple of times – once to a Dream Day and last month to the Hochanda 3rd Birthday Party. It’s a real honour to be part of such a wonderful family. I hope that Hochanda continues to grow from strength to strength and enable all us crafters to try something new. If you are attending any of the live events please don’t be afraid to try a make and take, you never know where your crafting journey is going to end up.
Caricatures at Hochanda’s 3rd birthday party
Anyway, that’s how my crafting journey started and where its taken me so far. How about you? Until next time. Keep Crafting!!!