Thank you for inviting me to be crafter of the month. I am very honoured. I was 2 when the second world war broke out, so we had few toys. I used to sit and sew with my mother and I have not stopped since. We used to cut out the ladies in the old catalogues and make scrapbooks with flour and water paste.
I learned to use a sewing machine when I was 10 and helped pay my way through medical school by making all my friends clothes.
After qualifying as a doctor I worked part time to bring up our 5 children and was training as a surgeon when my husband had a massive stroke. So at 37 I was left caring for him and the children. Consequently I have been able to fill all the hours that I am stuck at home crafting.
I took up miniature making in 1993 and worked from home making and teaching others. I love knives, saws ,wood, lathes etc and built up a large display of houses, gardens and shops that I now open to the public.
I became involved with a wonderful Christian charity Tools with a Mission, 11yrs ago.
We recycle unwanted tools, sewing and knitting machines ,and loads of other items , please look at the web site.
To raise funds to buy sewing items to go out with each machine I started to make jewellery and other items such as cushions, shopping bags etc. I then began to make cards to sell.
I had one of the first Ultimate Pro's and learned such a lot from Sara's excellent DVD's. So clear and helpful. I got hooked on boxes and have made them ever since. I sell them from home in the museum and have run a card and box making class for the last two years.( I love the new A3 double sided card packs.)
This not only raises funds but helps others and makes life much more interesting for me . It is more fun to share. and far less lonely when you are confined to the house. Over the last ten years I have been able to raise nearly £10,000 I now have two stands of cards at a local garden centre.
They are very encouraging and through them I now help to raise funds for the local children's hospice and the Essex Air Ambulance as well.
I have had a wonderful time this year using all the amazing new Create a card dies .Thank you to Sara and her team for all you do, even if you are making me bankrupt!!!!!
Best wishes to you all for Christmas and the New Year.
Dr. Valerie Stubbs