I started my Creative Art company in 2006 in Hout Bay working from home. Over the past 15 years I have been running my Art and Craft Business part time. However, over the past few years the need to craft and share creative ideas with others has become more important to me than managing corporate governance projects.
In February 2018 I resigned from my corporate job to focus my energy on what I love and find inspirational – my creative projects.
I am currently a designer for Couture Creations Design Team. My unique handmade greetings cards and gift bags are sold at a local gift shop, Fairy Wings and Pretty Things. (@fairywingsprettythings). I also host a table and sell my craft goodies at the monthly Re-Seconds Market. (@theresecondsmarket). I also co-manage a Craft Club and host monthly meetings where I teach techniques or card making to an enthusiastic and talented group of ladies. I also supply an insurance Corporate with a set of unique greeting cards.
I am passionate about craft projects and sharing my paper crafting ideas with others.
There is nothing more exciting than seeing the smile on another person’s face when they receive and open a personalised handmade gift!
My five key milestones for a fabulous 2019!
1. Be proactive
This is my year to focus on myself and what is important for my health, wealth, happiness and crafty inspiration.
2. It is ok to make mistakes
Mistakes are an effective way to learn and experience new opportunities and this year I aim to turn my mistakes into wonderful creative masterpieces.
3. Set realistic goals for yourself
My smart goal for this year is to expand my craft business to design more, craft more, teach more, sell more craft projects and empower people to tap into their creative talents by 31st December 2019.
4. Key trying until you get it right – don’t give up
Crafting is such a powerful tool for my own self-improvement and sharing my knowledge and ideas with other like-minded crafters. It also provides me with the extra-ordinary opportunity to interact with and empower people to embrace their creative talents to allow them to think and act differently.
5. Start with a smile and always have fun
I aim to smile, laugh, cry for joy and inspire myself to have more fun and rejoice when I see others having fun and smiling when I craft with them!
Design Team experience
I am currently a designer for Couture Creations Design Team from Sept 2018 to Sept 2019.
During Feb 2018 to Feb 2019 I was a designer for FabScraps Throwback Thursday Design Team.
For 2019, I continue to be one of three designers for the Fellowship Craft Group that met once a month to learn new techniques and make-up cards.
In Jan 2019, at the National Scrapbooking Day, I was the designer for our craft group’s projects on the day, creating 12 cards with instructions for the ladies to create their own cards.
During 2018 I was one of three designers for the Fellowship Craft Group that met once a month to learn new techniques and make-up cards. I have helped grow the craft group from 6 ladies to 37 ladies over this time period. Our core group of 10 ladies meet weekly for fellowship, to share ideas, try new techniques and build up our stocks to sell as orders.
For our craft group attending the Jan 2018 National Scrapbooking Convention, I designed 22 cards using 6 scrapbooking pages. This year our craft group managed to complete 161 cards. Once again, our cards generated a lot of interest and more ladies have asked to join our monthly crafty workshops.
In Nov 2017, I was invited to once again teach the 10 cards 1-page technique at our local scrapbooking shop, The Scrapbook Nook with Philippa and Audrey and their clients.
In Jan 2017, at the National Scrapbooking day, I was the designer for our craft group’s projects on the day. Ahead of time, I designed and created the instructions for making 10 greetings cards using only 1 page of scrapbooking pattern paper. A month for before the event, I held a workshop with the group to share with them how to prepare and organize themselves for the day and how to cut out the scrapbook page for each card. Our table caused quite a stir on the day. We managed to complete over 100 cards during the event. Eight of the ladies attending become so excited by our achievements that they instantly joined our monthly craft group meetings to learn more about card marking.
In June 2016, my birthday card was one of 10 lucky winners in the competition for The Wholesaler Inc ran for their 10th birthday celebration.
Between 2010 and 2015, I was the designer for the Michael house School Craft Group, where I helped our group to learn new techniques, prepare and sell our cards in 5 shops and at various craft markets on the Nottingham Road craft route on a regular basis.
Lea-Anne is a fabulous and very creative designer, who I would recommend her to any Arts and Craft Business. firstname.lastname@example.org (Crossroads Fellowship Church)
During 2019 I continue to teach on a regular basis for our private craft group and ad hoc card making and techniques workshops.
In April 2019 I completed a workshop on making paper beaded jewellery with the Abathunywa Special needs and wellness students using recycled glossy magazines.
In March 2019 I was most fortunate to present a 10 day art and craft entrepreneurial workshop to 10 students between 13 to 18 years old on behalf of NICRO at the Kwazalele Youth Development Centre. My focus was to share with the students creative art ideas that they can expand into a business idea. The projects we explored and completed where mosaic, painting, make jewellery from recycled magazine pages, mixed media canvas, greeting cards and how to propagate succulents and make-up succulents gift bowls. The program was managed and co-ordinate by Lee-Anne Janse van Rensberg from Events2Plan.
During 2018 I presented 16 techniques on how to extend the use of inks and chalks in your stash. I showed the group how to use sting and chain to make unique backgrounds. Made a gift card from a DL envelope, made generic sentiment tags and vintage greeting cards.
May/June 2018 I held paper beading workshop at a local Craft shop, Crafty Arts, and Elsen Academy School and CHOC Foundation, showing the groups how to make unique jewellery using paper beads made from recycled magazine pages.
Nov 2017 I hosted a workshop showing the Masked Stamping Technique at The Scrapbook Nook. (Basic card kits, instructions and sample cards were provided). The crafters were encouraged to use their own paper and embellishments.
May 2017 I hosted a workshop to make 10 cards from 1 page at The Scrapbook Nook. (Basic card kits for the 10 cards, instructions and sample cards provided). The crafters were encouraged to use their own papers and embellishments.
2016-2017 I hosted monthly workshops in card making at the Crossroads Fellowship church. (All instructions and sample were provided as part of the workshop fees). Crafters were encouraged to utilize their own stash to make-up their cards.
2010-2015 I hosted workshops in card making classes once a month at Michaelhouse School. (All kits, instructions and sample were provided as part of the workshop fees)
2005 -2006 I hosted workshops in card making, beading and mosaic classes once a month at Bergsig Farm. (All kits, instructions and samples were provided as part of the workshop fees)
Oct 2018 Wesley Gardens Retirement Village – Paper bead making
August 2018 Kragga Kama Craft Group – Paper bead making
Dec 2017 I presented a demonstration at the Community Fellowship Hall in Summerstrand for their Prime Timers craft group showing them how to recycle paper magazines to make paper beads and unique paper beaded jewellery.
Nov 2016 I presented a demonstration at the Community Fellowship Hall in Summerstrand for their Prime Timers craft group showing them how to use serviette decoupage to make-up greeting cards and quick and easy packaging ideas for gifts at Christmas time.
2018 ongoing Host a table at Fairy Wings and Pretty Things gift shop selling by unique greeting cards and gift bags.
2018 Monthly Hosted a table at the monthly Re-Seconds Market selling my greeting cards, paper jewellery and craft stash items.
June 2017 Co-hosted the setup and ran a craft market at the Crossroads Fellowship Hall to benefit the Abathunywa Special needs and wellness students showing them how to sell their handmade craft work.
During 2018 I supplied Old Mutual Corporate with a set of unique handmade greetings cards for their clients and staff.
Dec 2017 Co-ordinated the Craft Market and Sell your Stash Sale at the Crossroads Fellowship Hall in Westering to benefit the Abathunywa Special needs and wellness students.
2010-2015 Hosted a craft table at the monthly Craft Markets on the Midlands Craft Meander and supplied local shops with unique greeting cards.