When you are young you think you have life all mapped out.

Then destiny takes charge!

A few years ago my life fell apart for a second time. A neighbour dragged me along to a sewing workshop, I could sew so why did I need to go to a workshop! After 20 years of not picking up a needle or sitting behind a sewing machine whilst bringing up three children, I rekindled a passion. I made a small purse and that was enough, I was hooked.

Since that time I have slowly developed my style, experimenting and making many mistakes along the way. Over the past few years I have built up the number of markets I attend from once a month to spending most weekends at markets. I venture further afield these days and have become quite brave. Have Satnav will travel!

I have met some wonderful people and made many new friends while doing something I never dreamed of. Attending markets has become my social life. Meeting new people is a joy and I love selling and talking about fabric and designs. I love to listen to requests or challenges. Talking to Marvel and DC comic fans I went on to source some great fabric from America. And yes, I have become obsessed with fabric and frames. I am constantly on the lookout for old lace and broken bags to upcycle or new designs of fabric. I have been able to express my humour and love of things vintage and retro. Just recently I have started embroidery again and now incorporate original designs on to my vintage inspired designs.

My pop art work is sold through The Lightbox Gallery in Woking and my London themes and some vintage styles through Things British in St Pancras International Station, London. David Weston couture wedding dress designer in Southsea has a number of my wedding clutch bags on display in his shop.

I also work full time as a secretary for Roffe Swayne, a firm of accountants in Godalming. Amazingly this has proved to be invaluable. I sold my first bags at work and since then I have received support and guidance.

You know the saying ….

 ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

Well I made bags ?