We are so pleased to introduce Frances Rees, our Member of the Month for March 2014!
Read a bit about her in her own words:
Hello lovely crafters, I'm so very proud to be awarded Member of the Month!
Im a single Mum, 40, of four amazing children, 14yrs, 11yrs and my twins are 6 yrs now.
Sadly I've been really ill since 2001 after surgery to remove my gall bladder left me with terrible nerve damage and in constant pain.
Crafting had been a hobby as a teenager, but it wasnt until early 2000 that I took up cardmaking. When I started watching Create & Craft all those years ago, I saw Jayne Nestorenko demonstrating Medallion and Treasure Box stamps; and something really clicked! I was hooked from then on.
Investing in a pink pig heatgun, stamps, inks and embossing powders I made some Treasure Boxes of my own. My love of stamping grew and developed from then on. However even now my Treasure Boxes are admired by lots of friends for how really unique they are.
Along that early journey Crafter's Companion started and I purchased the first version of the Ultimate board. It's even still stored in the posh purple bag it came in. Its used so much to make boxes and especially enveloboxes for very special cards.
2007 saw a real decline in my health after the birth of my twins, sadly, and working hasn't been an option since then. Crafting definately became a lifeline, more than my hobby, my solace from the pain. I very often even crafted from my hospital bed, colouring and cutting items I had already prepared.
Difficult family circumstances in September 2009, left my eldest daughter, Seren, my only Carer when she was just 9 yrs old. She looks after everything at home including her siblings. But she's also an outstanding student at school, taking two GCSE's two years early! I'm very proud of her.
Young Carers, part of Swindon Carers; Charity Reg no. 1061116; (www.swindoncarers.org.uk) stepped in to offer her support and guidance in 2009.
Seren is now one of the highest graded Young Carers in Swindon and was recently invited to be a member of their Forum, the 'voice of Young Carers in Swindon'.
It is vital that the profile of Young Carers is raised. These children are unsung heroes, bravely dealing with challenges most adults wouldn't manage.
This is why the Charity deserves our attention and help with fundraising so they can carry on being a lifeline to these children. It was therefore an easy decision to see if i could start selling my cards to raise funds for them.
So I've got a nice crafting area in my bedroom now and I'm always designing new cards. Each one of mine is unique. Stamping and embossing are still my favourites, but I enjoy gilding flakes and distressing inks. My cards have a definite vintage feel to them.
I've used Facebook since September 2013 to create the platform to reach people, and I've sold many cards in that short time. I've got two official collection pots in the house and I'm so pleased by how heavy they are getting! I've been so touched by everyone's kindness and support. But theres always more to do.
My Facebook page is Peace of Dreams Cards.
Many thanks. Peaceful wishes.