A Beautiful metal bookmark using my Robins and Holly design. Each design is originally hand painted in gouache and then sublimated onto the items.
Also in this range are mugs, bookmarks, coasters and keyrings. Check out my other designs, Jays and Oak, Butterflies and Buddelia and Butterflies and Sunflowers
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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 Oesophageal 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 an 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’ when 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 12. With a few more good hours available each week, in 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’. I am an all round crafter having been lucky to try out first hand so many types due to my education. You will find weaving, tapestries, book binding, egg baubles and so much more as they are added. Thanks for reading my story.