I was thinking recently about what to make next, and trying to get inspiration. This got me thinking about my Crafty Journey. I decided to look through my Pinterest Boards for Adien Crafts for inspiration, I have been a full time Crafter since 2010 so I had lots to look back over. It was then I realised I have done a bit of everything over the years and not really specialised in any one discipline. I thought “Butterfly Crafting” would be a good description flitting from one thing to another.
My original Craft was always involving fabrics, from day one at school doing little cross stitch squares to making the Bridesmaids dresses for my wedding and upholstery for our first home, I always loved to sew. After a life changing illness in 2009 I was at home a lot and started card making as therapy really. I collect Teddy Bears and made cards for family and friends featuring my collection with a little story about each Bear on the back. I started selling them online and was amazed that people actually wanted to buy them. I added stamped and hand painted cards and gift tags to my range.
I started added fabric gifts, and was kept busy making bags and various fabric items. I had always been a fabricaholic and this was a legitimate reason to start a lovely stash! I loved making bags but did find them time consuming so added smaller gifts and home accessories .
However a new obsession loomed and I bought my first strand of gemstones and became hooked, like a magpie! Slowly jewellery making took over and for many years I was so busy making jewellery there was no time for my other Crafts. I loved wire wrapping and still enjoy making pieces occasionally. I loved doing wedding jewellery especially, such a happy occasion although I always felt the pressure to get it right.
I started making Polymer Clay jewellery back in 2012 and this became a new passion, I love the endless possibilities for mixing colours and creating your own designs. Times have moved on since Polymer Clay jewellery became a popular craft and there are so many possibilities with this fabulous medium. These are some early pieces of Jewellery I made. I am looking forward to some new experimenting to add a new jewellery range to my British Craft House shop.
As the years went on and selling Crafts online became very popular, getting one’s jewellery found online became harder and harder so I decided to diversify. I opened a second shop selling gifts and concentrated onwooden signs and decorated boxes, and carried on with the jewellery making alongside. Slowly I re introduced other crafts including decoupage, cards and
fabric items. These are some of my current items.
My British Craft House Shop is my little Emporium of Decoupage, Fabric Gifts, Cards and occasional Polymer Clay Jewellery. I Love my British Craft House shop and being part of such a supportive community. I like the saying the “The Longest Journey Begins with a Single Step” so if you’re thinking of starting your Crafty Journey then why not take the step and open a British
Craft House Shop, the support from other Crafts People is amazing especially if you are new to online selling.
So, to finish thank you so much for reading – I suppose I am Jack of all Trades and Master of None haha … but Variety is the Spice of Life they say! What other crafts have you tried or did you find your passion straight away and stick with it?