From childhood I have been surrounded by crafty pursuits. My grandmother was a dressmaker & flower arranger (I thought it was so exciting that she made the dresses & bouquets for the Rogerstone carnival queens & court ladies), my mother taught me to knit & my Aunt was an occupational therapist so as well as teaching me to crochet she had me weaving cane trays at a young age! In my teens I used to make all my own clothes (remember blankets coats? – now that ages me) and then in my 20’s knitting was my passion. In the late 1980’s a lot of my colleagues in the Midland Bank in St Mary Street, Cardiff & I adored making mohair jumpers & cardigans ordering a different colour of wool each month for our next project.
In 1992 I made my own wedding stationery & table decorations as that seemed the natural thing to do but that didn’t kick start my current passion for papercrafting. My next creative pursuit was to gain qualifications in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings & also in Interior Design. This sat very well alongside my job as a sale consultant for Redrow Homes & also for designing & decorating our family homes. At this stage, I was still not card-making as I thought life was too short – if you wanted a card – you went & bought one! This finally changed around 2002 when I was finding that I was having to pay around £4 for a card that wasn’t even particularly suitable for the recipient & then I discovered the crafting shows on QVC. That was it! The passion for papercrafting was born. The satisfaction of making a card specifically for each individual & seeing their amazement at how perfectly their card suited them was addictive. The current trend for using our papercrafting skills more widely to include home décor products is a perfect marriage of my recreational interests.
It is a joy to co-own Dandie Crafts with Mandy-Jane as we have a legitimate reason to surround ourselves with lovely things & share our passion with all our crafting friends.
I took up papercrafting due to ill health and being bored to tears at home. I remember buying a small Anna Griffin kit from QVC just to try it and, well, the rest is history. I then discovered stamps….OMG! I found something that I loved to do and it has remained my passion until this day.
I like to dabble in lots of different papercraft techniques so that I can share what I have learnt with others. I love to pass on any knowledge I have. I also pick up lots of ideas from my customers too. Papercrafters are a generous lot!
For those that know me they know that I love Dr Who and am proud to be a ‘Whovian’ (but I hate Star Wars!).