Restless fingers, beautiful art

Catching my mother, Wendy,  with idle hands is something you will never see. For as long as I can remember, she has always been busy with a new project, trying out a new pattern or being inventive in her own unique way. The crafts that she makes has become treasured presents, much loved attire and much talked about decoration.

She inspires me each day so naturally, it was she who inspired the creation of this blog, and it is only fitting that she is the first artist to be featured.

Unique hand bags made, well, by hand.
Unique hand bags made, well, by hand.

A certain kind of skill

I envy my mother’s skills and her ability to work with her hands so easily. She’ll pick out a pattern and in no time bring it to life! I honestly think that everyone could take a lesson from her determination. Even if she has a setback and has to start over from scratch, she is back on track in no time!

Learning all kinds of crafts, throughout her life, she has always been crocheting, knitting, painting, and sewing. She loves all things fabric and when accompanying her to a wool or craft shop you can see that creative spark reigniting with ideas for new things to try. Almost every moment of spare time is devoted to creating handbags, crocheting jerseys, scarves and trying out any pattern that catches her eye. But her creativity doesn’t just stop with fabrics; she also has a passion for wood work and refurbishing old wooden furniture.

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Another of her creations

It started early in life

It was certainly a passion that started at a young age. When a neighbour was crocheting, she jumped in and learned how to do it herself. From there she has never stopped, and since she doesn’t like being bored, or sitting still for too long, she always has something in her hands to keep her busy. As a very independent woman, she has always taken care of the maintenance of the home.

Many things she taught herself along the way, and it is this method of learning while doing the job that has taught her how to do all sorts of creative things. Among other things, she has upholstered chairs and taught herself how to cut and shape wood to rebuild doors and fix tables.

Oh and did we mention she also makes incredible soft toys
Oh and did we mention she also makes incredible soft toys

The Final Products

Most of her creations are not sold. Rather they are given away as gifts to friends and family. But she does occasionally sell the handbags that she makes. Recently a number of her bags were sold through the Jet’Aime Salon at the Outpost Centre in Nelspruit. In future, she hopes to sell her creations at the various markets around the Lowveld. Time always feels like a constraint, who doesn’t feel this way?! But she always has something on the go, that’s just my mom’s way!

In future, she hopes to sell her creations at the various markets around the Lowveld. Time always feels like a constraint, who doesn’t feel this way?! But she always has something on the go, that’s just my mom’s way!

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