Crackers – hand made using a metal die. Each cracker is then stenciled on. The designs were all created and cut by myself. The image is then hand painted on using the stencil.
You will be supplied a mix of colours and designs. If you have a particular request of colour / design, please do let me know.
Crackers are sold per each, please specify normal cracker size or mini.
Black with gold / silver will also be available, please ask as they are not listed yet.
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I have always loved anything crafty since my earliest childhood memories. I studied for both a GNVQ and a BTEC National in Art and Design, specialising in textiles near my home in Norfolk. I then studied at Huddersfield University and obtained a 2:2 in Creative Textile Crafts – this time specialising in Jacquard Weaving. Then life happened and despite holding a continuous love for anything remotely craft based, I needed to work long hours and had two beautiful children. In 2012 our life dynamic changed forever with the sudden heart attack my husband suffered. This resulted in a triple bypass and a horrendous infection. It took him one year to recover and next swiftly discovered he had Oesphageal Cancer. Thankfully, we chose to have our son before the cancer was diagnosed in 2013. So my next three years involved an even more long and tiring journey with a immensely sick husband who could no longer look after himself, an Autistic / PDA daughter aged just 5, who remained un-diagnosed until 2016 and a newborn baby. Needless to say there was no time for anything craft based – or fun for that matter. Roll on a few years, my husband sadly passed away on May 2nd 2016 and I became a widow aged 37, with a 3 and 7 year old. Soon after my daughter’s needs reached a point where she could no longer ‘mask’ in school and the explosions she had from the second she left the school door until she returned the following day were causing all of us such distress I had no clue where to even start. I knew it must be more than just Autism and upon researching discovered the little known and rare ASD profile of PDA. After discussing her needs with a psychologist with vast knowledge on the subject, (as by this time my daughter was only ever an animal character – she would literally be a dog, lapping water up with her tongue, making animal noises, walking on all fours, wearing a tail and playing fetch. Many other animals were used such as a lion, tiger or cheetah, sometimes a baby or characters from the television – around 50 over a few months, but never herself. This we now call her ‘bubble world’ she cannot cope with reality and encases herself into something / or somewhere she feels safe) in the end, I pulled her out of school and began our Home Educating journey. It has been the beginning to a fraught few years, but finally I can see my daughter returning, she is now 10. With a few more good hours available each week, last year 2018, I finally decided to start crafting again, although not textiles initially. I wanted to see if I could make an egg into a bauble for the children and loved it so much I progressed further. Now I am making Christmas Baubles – or celebratory ones such as for wedding gifts. They are all made from real eggs, chicken, duck and goose. I feel extremely guilty about making things as for me it produces such pleasure, but have decided it is time to attempt a business where I will hopefully branch out to other areas too. Each egg takes me around 3 days to make, some more. I am still in the very early stages and hoping that someone will like what I create. For the future, I wish to provide again for my family, fighting through the darkness and feeling as though I belong to society again from which i have been removed for so long. I used to be a manager of a holiday company, now I dare not go anywhere without another adult due to the meltdowns. I fear my daughter may always need a carer but remain hopeful she will pull through the tragic life she has led thus far. I am also writing a book entitled ‘4 years a carer – living with a heart attack, cancer and autism’ to help raise the awareness of carers and how much they have to do that remains unnoticed by the passersby. Along with this I have written and illustrated a bereavement picture book for children – entitled ‘Goodnight Daddy’ which I also hope to publish. Thanks for reading my story.
If you are not totally in love with your item, I operate a 14 day money back guarantee (excluding custom or personalised items that cannot easily be resold). My policy cover items you have bought from me in a sale or at full price. Please contact me via my Contact Craftie button (on any product page in my shop) within 14 days of receiving your item, indicating if you would like an exchange or refund. Please include date and details of your order. If you wish to return your item, you will be notified of where to send it. Unless the item is faulty, you’re responsible for return postage costs. Once your return is received and inspected, you will receive an email to notify you that your item has been received. If requesting a refund, your Paypal account will be credited within 2 days. If you have chosen to receive an exchange, on receipt of the returned item, a replacement item will be made. In the unlikely event your item needs to be repaired, you’ll be informed how long this will take.