I have always been creative my whole life, I think I get that from my mum and from my grandma on my mum’s side. Both these women had to be creative, my grandmother lived through World War II and my mum was worn during an air raid. My grandmother came from a rather well to do family who thought when she married my grandfather that she had married out of her class. My grandfather came from the East End of London and from a big family, my grandmother on the other hand was born in India during the Colonial times and her father was a manager quite high up in the Railways.
Anyway the her family moved back to England and my grandmother when she left school wanted to open a flower arranging shop, my great-grandfather was horrified and said no, she was to work in an office so that was that, but it never stopped that creative spirit in her and of course she got married and had 7 children. She made all the girls clothes, kept all christmas cards, birthday cards, wrapping paper, ribbons and she had the most wonderful tins of buttons with the most fabulous buttons in them. I used to when i was young go to visit and sit going through her button tins say oohhh ahhh look at this one and look at that one. So I think my creativity came down through my mum’s family because my dad’s family doesn’s have a bean of creativity at all.
My mum I think you would call her practical creative because she can wallpaper and make something out of nothing, she sews the most beautiful curtains and has made wedding and bride’s maid’s dresses. She can also put together a room like you would not believe. My mum is a pretty clever woman and had she had the opportunities that young girls have today I think she would have her own restaurant because she is a brilliant cook. She taught us all to cook and sew both my brothers and sisters, so when we left home we would at least be able to feed ourselves and sew on a button.
Being left handed I was always cack-handed so I never quite got the nack of knitting or crocheting. I remember my sons first cardigan which i took great care to knit ended up having one arm longer than the other. However, i did improve but only slightly and everyone would laugh at the way I knitted so I dont do that now. Crochet was completely over the top of my head, i just used to end up with a long line of stitches so I gave that up as a bad job. I took up embroidery which I have to say I’m pretty good at but these days my eyes just cant deal with those tiny stitches.
Anyway about 3 years ago just before christmas I purchased a bag for my daughter in law. It was a Kathy Van Zeeland bag and attached to the bag was a bag charm. I had never heard of these but I thought it was such a neat idea I wondered if i could make one myself. So I ordered one from a seller on ebay and when it arrive it was horrible, no disrespect to the person who made it but seriously it was vile, it was badly put together and it had no thought for colour or design, I just knew I could make a better one if I the right tools and all the things that went into making it. So then I had to find out what each item was called and order some tools. No easy feat when you dont know the names of things.