About Me and My Craft Ideas

Hi, I’m Maria Jane, the designer, creator and crafter behind Mia's Craft Ideas. I do have lots of craft ideas as I love making things, I will share my creativity with you and I hope to hear about your craft stories too.

Meet The Team

Josie At Table
Me

I am a single parent of 3 kids, so I understand what it’s like bringing up kids on a budget. I have supplemented my income over the years by making and selling crafts, which has helped for those extra’s that we otherwise just couldn’t afford.

For many years I ran a part-time craft business whilst working full-time, it had to be fun or I wouldn’t have continued. As the sole provider for my kids I never felt comfortable leaving paid employment to concentrate on my crafts.

Josie is a great addition to the team, she listens patiently to all my ideas and lets me know what she thinks. She either barks and brings me toys or falls asleep if I'm boring her.

Being Disabled

I was diagnosed as being partially deaf when I was 12 years old. I have never let my disability stop me from doing what I want to do. I taught myself how to lip-read and got on with my life. Being deaf is a part of who I am and I learned to accept it.

In March 2008 I collapsed at home and ended up in hospital, the doctors think I may have had a stroke but are not sure. I found it very hard to walk properly my legs would give way for no reason. I couldn't keep my balance and felt dizzy all the time. I was suffering with severe pain in various parts of my body and I was extremely tired all the time. My skin felt like I had been severe sun burn and even my clothes hurt when I moved.

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 6 months later and I’m now officially unemployable. Fibromyalgia is hard to deal with as the symptoms of pain and fatigue affect every aspect of my life. I’m slowly coming to terms with it and learning to enjoy the good days and ride along with bad. Every cloud has a silver lining as I can now spend more time making things, and will share my ideas with you.

My Dream

I have always enjoyed making things and it has been a dream of mine to have my own craft business.
Until now I never had the courage to leave full-time employment to follow that dream.
I have sold my crafts at fete's, craft fairs and ebay to supplement my income.
I love to experiment with different craft ideas, crocheting with wire or painting with glue is just a couple of ideas I came up with.

My Kids

My all time favorite craft is papier mache and I will soon have a whole section dedicated to this fantastic craft.
I love creating with any medium and I will be sharing all my craft ideas with you here at Mia's Craft Ideas.

Memories

This is one of my earliest memories, my sister and I were both preschool. It has stayed with me through the years as it has had a huge effect on my life. It was a really horrible day, hailstones, wind and rain. I grew up on a farm and hated being stuck inside.
My sister and I were miserable being cooped up indoors, pestering our mum and getting under her feet, fighting and just generally being typical 'screaming kids'.
My mum turned our big kitchen table upside down, we were intrigued. She found two old sheets and tied them to the table legs as sails then she filled the bottom of the table with blankets and a packed lunch. We sailed away from the rain in our home made ship and had some great adventures.
This very simple 'ship' kept us occupied for hours and our mum got all her chores done. We went to bed tired and happy, excitedly planning our next adventure.

My journey into the world of creative thinking had begun. This was such a simple idea but my sister and I had so much pleasure from our ‘ship’ we actually looked forward to rainy days.

Creative Thinking

Creative thinking doesn’t require degrees or any official training. I did attend Art College but that was many, many years ago.
Most of my learning has been through trial and error. Creative thinking is simply using your imagination, children do this naturally without thought.
I will help you regain that freshness of your inner child so you too can unlock your creativity.

Baby Josie

I research, design, create and experiment with lots of different craft ideas. Everything on this website has been made by me unless stated otherwise. Join me as I continue my journey into the world of crafts and creative thinking.

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