This post follows on from my last one in celebrating the talents of those who live with chronic illness or are carers of those with illness. These are people who sell their beautifully crafted items on Conscious Crafties, an online marketplace and a supportive community of like-minded people.
From Fiona’s Crafts and Gifts:
Fiona crochets and makes handmade cards while living with ME, Brittle Asthma, Diabetes, Arthritis, Neurofibroma, Migraines and Coeliac Disease. Her shop is ideal if you’re looking for a gift for a newborn baby.
Here’s a gorgeous pink crocheted blanket available in small, medium and large and ranging in price from £15.00 – £25.00.
And my personal favourite, the New Baby Girl Card priced at £3.00 and with free postage and packing:
The card is 6 inches by 6 inches and has a white organza bow and three sparkly pink gems on the front.
Are you looking for something truly unique? Then maybe take a look at items from the next shop on my list.
Branch Beads is run by Sarah who is a carer and also a mum. She has twins aged 5, a son with dyskinetic cerebral palsy and a daughter with an autistic spectrum disorder.
There are all sorts of handmade Jewellery in Branch Beads, but they specialise in Wire Animal Pendants. I particularly love the hare pendant:
Priced at £25.00, this little chap is made from high-quality silver plated wire and a turquoise dyed Magnesite stone. Also, check out the cute wire wrapped moonstone polar bear:
This is priced at £25.00 and has onyx eyes, a crystal bicone nose and a large rainbow moonstone body.
From Gert Lush Designs:
Gert Lush Designs is a treasure trove of beautiful handmade items. Run by Sharon who crafts whilst living with Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Apnoea, Lymphedema, Type 2 Diabetes, Depression, Anxiety, Memory Issues and Mobility problems.
I love this At Rainbows End card, priced at £2.50. The beautiful background reminds me of holidays spent in Ibiza. It’s got that hippie vibe to it and I love it:
Also, check out this gorgeous moon and stars pendant priced at £25.00:
Sharon writes that “These beautiful handmade wirework pendants make perfect gifts for the lady in your life, what better way to show her you love her like giving her the moon and stars?” She’s right. I would love one of these in my Christmas stocking!
From Felt Treasured:
Claire, who runs Felt Treasured, crafts whilst caring for her husband who has heart failure, COPD and pulmonary hypertension. She has also recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
I’m absolutely in love with Claire’s Christmas Decorations! Take, for example, the Pack of 2 Christmas Owls priced at £7.95:
Or her cute Mouse/ Rat Fairy Decoration:
Priced at £9.95, is approximately 17 cm tall and has been lovingly given sparkly wings and a silver star.
From Alycraft Book Folds:
Alycraft Book Folds, is run by Alyson who crafts with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Osteoporosis.
My most favourite item in her shop is this Unicorn Magic Book Fold, priced at £35.00:
Or, are you looking for something truly unique to give a loved one this Christmas? What about a stationery set using your loved one’s favourite book title for just £23.00?
This is such a clever idea!
From By Samantha Webb:
By Samantha Webb is the place to go to if you want a cute teddy bear. Samantha crafts with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Anxiety Disorder.
Lonnie has got to be one of the cutest bears I’ve seen!
Priced at £129.00, Lonnie is made with beautiful dusty pink mohair and has cotter pin joints and glass eyes and a pink bow around her neck with her little bells. Samantha writes that “Lonnie loves the springtime, she wants to grow roses some day and spend her days tending the garden. She would love a home with someone who loves florals too.”
Equally as cute is Edmund the Sleepy Bear, at £29.00:
I think me and Edmund would get on quite well as, like me, he “is so sleepy he can hardly keep his eyes open. If only he could find a comfy spot to lay down his little head and dream about chocolate and strawberries, he would be the happiest little bear in the world.” Me too!
As you can see, the lovely people at Conscious Crafties are amazingly talented people who craft despite all the struggles they face. Why don’t you consider giving one of their beautiful handmade gifts as presents this Christmas? You won’t be disappointed!
With Thanks to Karen Thomas, founder of Conscious Crafties, and all the lovely talented people who agreed to take part. You rock!
With thanks to smborkowski6 on Morguefile.com for the featured image.