This week on My Crafty Journey we welcome Rowan, from England!
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I started my crafty journey at a young age. Although my parents were far from hippies, I was brought up playing with pots and pans and barely had any branded toys at all (perhaps why I now litter my house with crazy toys… making up for lost time!). I think this is how I got myself the peculiar imagination I have.
My parents both worked, so on school holidays I spent all my time at my Grandma’s. She ran a floristry business as a hobby and was Art-school trained. She didn’t like the TV getting hot, so I only watched Pugwall and Saved By The Bell and then she would draw, sew, knit, paint etc etc etc with me. I learnt a lot during those times. For birthdays I always asked for those big Crayola sets. She used to save me toilet roll tubes and I’d make whole communities of people from them. Once I left her drawing pad outside after I had been painting in her garden, and it rained. I felt so bad. She wasn’t too mad though, and she never tired of showing me new things. I have a lot to thank her for. She passed away when I was 17. I miss her still very much.
I chose to concentrate on Music at sixth form/university. In 2004, I found myself unemployed. Whilst window shopping one day, I was astounded when I saw some simple earrings made from scraps of ribbon being sold for ~£8. I thought they lacked any skill or imagination and thought I could do something better. I got into the DIY style of jewellery making, scouring car boots sales for random bits and pieces I could use. I sold and Ebay and have more recently re-branded and started to sell on Etsy and Folksy. I can’t believe how quickly things have taken off from there – I am a Folksy Featured Seller and have a lot of interest from bricks and mortar shops to sell my work! It’s so exciting and I can’t help thinking I am truly blessed. I just wish my Grandma could share it with me!