My earliest childhood crafting memories are of my Mum teaching me to wind wool around 4 nails, hammered into the top of a cotton reel, where a long sausage shape of wool would appear out of the end! This craft was French knitting I've no idea what I turned that wool sausage into! Also living by the seaside I used to collect pebbles, take them home, paint and varnish them and voila - a paperweight!
In 1986 I had a life changing illness which left me with spinal damage and a limitation to my mobility. Luckily my hands and arms were not affected so crafting became really important to me. It was something creative I could do by myself or with friends and was always such a positive activity in stimulating mind and spirit.
Over the years I've developed this creative streak by attending many workshops to learn new skills. I find it a really fun activity to do with friends, it's just so nice learning something new and going home with a new creation. Now of course I often tap into YouTube for fresh inspiration.
I'm always collecting bits and bobs from packaging, clothing and gift cards - ribbons, buttons, papers and my creative stash keeps growing! It's always good to recycle and well, you never know when they will come in handy.
My passion lately is making bottle lamps - each one is so different and I love to experiment with styles and colours.
After attending a business start up course run by the wonderful Optivo Increase VS, it gave me the skills and confidence to turn my hobby into a business and so Caroline's Home Crafts was created.
I'm looking forward to selling my creations, growing the business and just enjoying the journey.