The Candy Tree started as a hobby for me but the more time I spend crafting, the more I dream of opening The Candy Tree boutique and becoming a full time crafter!
I just bought a hamster and called him Binky.
I have been making a cross stitch cushion for about a year now and will be equally sad and overjoyed when it is finally finished!
I ran a 10k run for Cancer Research last year.
I wish I could have met Hunter Thompson although I'm not sure I would have been able to understand a word he said!
What got you started crafting?
I bought a pair of handmade earrings from eBay and realised that I could easily make a pair myself. I started by creating a similar style of earring and gradually expanded from there. I have since branched out and as well as creating bracelets and necklaces now knit, sew and cross stitch as well.
What is your source of inspiration?
I love nature and colour. I use a lot of freshwater blister pearls as they encapsulate those two loves. Their unique shapes are perfect for creating striking, one of a kind pieces.
What have you made recently?
I recently made a pair of matching knitted earrings and bracelet using red wire and blue glass seed beads. I wanted to combine two different crafting methods as I love knitting and making jewellery. Once I started I realised it was quite a simple process and wished I had thought of it sooner! I threaded my seed beads onto my wire and started to knit a band, sliding a bead into the pattern after every few stitches. The bracelet is a simple chunky band with a clasp attached, whereas the earrings have been formed into two hoops in order to create a more 3D design.
This piece is particularly striking because I haven't come across knitted jewellery before. The deep shades would look beautiful in the evening as the light would bounce off the tiny seed beads and sparkle!
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I mostly sell my products to friends, family or work colleagues although I have a DaWanda shop and have sold some things on eBay.
I also give jewellery as birthday and Christmas presents as I love to create pieces for specific people and hope that it shows how much I care!
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Once you start to make things for yourself and look at other handmade items out there it is more difficult to buy branded, mainstream products, simply because you know that someone else out there will have the same one as you. Handmade is all about one of a kind products made from the heart. I think that handmade is particularly meaningful when giving presents as it shows that you have spent a lot of time and effort on giving the perfect, tailored gift.