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Crafting addict inspired by creativity

Sandie Morris became a crafting addict after being fascinated by a presentation from a Metalcraft demonstrator on TV.

By Sandie Morris

In the past, I tried other crafts like flower arranging and making birdfeeders and wheelbarrow planters out of wood, but I had never worked with metal before.

At the age of 64, I was keen to stay active and keep using the old grey matter so the TV demonstration really caught my eye, so I bought the set of tools and the Starter Pack that came with it.

After a few weeks, I set it all up in my garage and started off by reading the instructions and looking at the recording of the TV show, plus a new DVD that Metalcraft had produced. I then made three Starter Pack items, which really helped me get used to the tools and then I was up and away.

Time flies when I’m being creative

I'm still only a novice but just love having a challenge and seeing the end results. I've used it also for a few DIY jobs like making repairs to my fencing which was falling down and I've also made two hanging basket brackets.

I also made a 7ft high garden arch which I turn into a Christmas feature with lighting wrapped through it and a large snow drop decoration hanging from it. It’s great because no one else in my street has anything like this.

To make something, I read the information that comes with the tools and I then try to work out a way of making an even better-looking version with more scrollwork in it.

What started off as a hobby, has become like a drug as I love making things with the tools and the time flies by with me sometimes working in my garage until 2am because I'm totally hooked by it. After moving my workshop into the conservatory, I also enjoyed making items for my garden like the Swan Planter in the Metalcraft catalogue.

Family is amazed & impressed

My family are always amazed by what I am making. My husband gets involved in the painting of the finished metalwork and my grandchildren watch in awe at how the tools shape the metal so easily. I’m sure it’s just going to be a matter of time before they have a go.

I'm even thinking of selling some of my items to folk at the caravan site we always go to. But it’s not about making money, I just love making things with Metalcraft.

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