5 Questions with Wendy of the Crafty Beggars
Getting excited for the Crafty Beggars on Create and Craft? I know we are! We sat down for 5 questions with Wendy of the Crafty Beggars and got to know her a bit better.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
I am a member of ‘The Turn Over Club’. I come from The Potteries in the UK – the region in Staffordshire which produces all the well known china – Wedgwood, Spode, Royal Doulton, Steelite, Churchill etc. When dining anywhere in the world people from The Potteries (and especially members of The Turn Over Club!) will turn over their plate to check if it has originated from a Stafffordshire pottery. In most cases it has!
What is your favorite craft?
My favorite craft is making things from ‘treasures’ I have found on the beach, such as sea glass, shells, pottery shards and driftwood. I love the mystery which surrounds the items I find; how did a particular piece of glass get to be in the sea? What was it a part of before it broke? How long has it been floating around for in the ocean? And how many miles has it travelled to reach me? With this passion in mind I am determined to one day visit ‘Sea Glass Beach’ which is on the Mendocino Coast in Fort Bragg, California, some 120 miles north of San Francisco. This magical beach is said to have the highest concentration of sea glass in the world.
Why do you love to craft?
I love being creative as it gives me immense satisfaction to end up with a work of ‘art’ which is totally unique. Also, crafting anything requires a great deal of focus and concentration and it can therefore be therapeutic to shut out the rest of the world for a while! I suffer from Clinical Depression and studies show that being creative lifts the spirits and alleviates feelings of depression. I’m not saying that crafting alone can replace the medication I take for my condition but I would certainly say it helps towards my general happiness!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Well, after visiting Sea Glass Beach I would jump on a plane and go straight to The Jungle Place in Mexico – a sanctuary for the endangered Spider Monkey species of primates. Julie and I did some filming there last year – a documentary program called Wendy & Julie’s Monkey Business. All the residents at the sanctuary have fallen foul to the illegal pet trade, deforestation or individual acts of human cruelty. Heidi and Joel (who run The Jungle Place) are happy to welcome visitors by appointment. If you do happen to visit be sure to look out for two little cheeky monkeys in particular – our namesakes Wendy and Julie! www.TheJunglePlace.com