Created For The Lovers Of Scissors And Paste!
I want to give women with no frickin time, easy and effective solutions the crafty shaped hole in their lives.Me!
Have you been looking for stupidly simple crafts and DIY projects so that you can finally fit some creativity into your days? And make your home look freaking amazing?!
Going from place to place, door to door, one google search result after the other, yearning for high ROI tutorials that won’t require a flipping drill or an entire weekend!
You have finally been granted your wish, this is the place where all your dreams come true; I help by offering some pretty awesome (if I do say so myself) tutorials and guides to help you craft up a colourful storm and stick your fingers together with the hottest glue known to man.
THAT Is the dream! I mean.. Who really NEEDS their fingertips?
I am Claire and I help exasperated women FINALLY craft the shiz out their homes by offering insanely easy to follow craft tutorials, home decor guides and tips to help you deal with all things bullet journaling related (I mean… being organized is the cornerstone to making time to craft).
Take a lil looksee at what I share on the regular:
I believe in the power of self-care for mental health… and nothing is more enjoyable than cutting shit up and making a mess. Ignore the cleanup. Just enjoy the moment.
I discovered the craft world back in 2007 through mixed media, art journaling and then scrapbooking. Thanks to Flickr (the Pinterest of its day for inspiration quests) I was led into this creative haven and I’ve loved every minute of it.
I started HHM UK in 2010 when I was forced out of work by an illness that has basically left me housebound. Heart Handmade UK gave me something to focus on and something that could keep me sane(ish) but also be done from bed. I’ve come along leaps and bounds but do need crutches and a wheelchair and even though I’m housebound, I’m working with some incredible women, brilliant brands and a monster of a cat. She’s a stone-cold bitch.
I’ve worked with brands such as:
You are here by divine intervention because you and me are meant to be, you’re also clearly, very intelligent and stunningly beautiful.
Want to get to know me even better? Get access to the free printable library (which you can preview right here) and you’ll hear from me on the regular girl!
About Me, My Medical Conditions and Revel In The Fact I’m Able To Run Two Blogs In Under 20 Hours A Week:
Way back in 2009, when I was finishing my degree in Visual Imagery and working full time I became very ill with a severe infection for a few weeks in April. I returned to work in early May and remember that I started to feel a bit different.
Strange sensations would consume me, and altogether I felt rather odd. A sick feeling. A rush of heat. As my brain would try to engage, I could just hear my name in the distance, over and over again.
That’s my boss.
“Why am I dreaming about my boss?”
“Wait. I’m not dreaming.”
I could feel the bright light penetrating my eyelids and searing pain on the back of my head.
“Ah, crap. I’ve fainted in work. You idiot you should be resting.”
But I hadn’t fainted. It was a seizure, and I hit my head in the stock room of our little camera store. An ambulance was called, and I spent the next few hours in the hospital.
My friend from work was very pleased to be released from work for an hour or two before my family could make the journey up to the city to take care of me. I was given the once over and had some tests ordered, and I was given the all clear.
“Eh. Wha? Does that happen normally?” I was told to see my GP, and that was it. That had happened four or five times before my manager at work told me not to return until I was fixed. I saw my GP who ordered tests, tests, and more tests.
After seeing a neurologist, I was told I need an MRI for my brain. That was terrifying and the waiting time was six weeks. My parents dipped into their savings, and we got a private appointment. Much panic ensued for a few days, but thankfully it was also clear.
At the same time, my tolerance for people and expending energy depleted rapidly, and I became confined to my bed.
For a very long time. My brain was still active for about half an hour a day, almost. Then it was like the sleepy fog would fill my head and I was unable to do anything. At times I was too tired to eat, even if my food had been cut up for me. I just didn’t have the energy to chew.
There were times and are still times when my body is so exhausted that I can’t speak, but I can still type. It was at that time I became addicted to Flickr, the Pinterest of its day. I had always loved photography and the process of keeping an artistic style journal.
Adding my photos to groups and connecting with people gave me the inspiration to blog but at the time I had no idea what to blog about. I took a blogging course, and Heart Handmade was born in March 2010.
Of course, blogging has changed a lot over eight years, and we are in a new era (which I will cover later on). I loved blogging. It was something I could do from bed without having to exert much energy.
For the first seven years, it had been purely a hobby because there was no guarantee I would be able to keep up and create something wonderful. Over the years, I saw specialist after specialist, and it took about 14 months before I was given a diagnosis of Myalgic Encephalitis. M.E for short.
Eight years on, after seeing a new specialist and having more tests I was told it had been a misdiagnosis and I was suffering from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
“EDS-hyper-mobile type (EDS-HT), also known as hyper mobile EDS or EDS type III, is often thought to be the same as or very similar to another condition called ‘Joint hyper mobility syndrome’.
People with EDS-HT may have:
• joint hyper-mobility
• loose, unstable joints that dislocate easily
• joint pain and clicking joints
• extreme tiredness (fatigue)
• skin that bruises easily
• digestive problems, such as heartburn and IBS
• dizziness and an increased heart rate after standing up
• problems with internal organs, such as mitral valve prolapse or organ prolapse”
Fun times right?!
Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy with my calm life. When I received the first diagnosis of M.E the doctors told me “you’ll have it one year and you will be able to get better”.
The next year I heard “some people have it for two years”.
Then I did my own research. I read that people can have M.E for decades and I decided to do everything I possibly could to get better. That meant drinking smoothies that looked like swamp water, full of all the nutrients possible. I became vegan, which alleviated some symptoms and definitely helped. Small amounts of physio that I could manage without too much pain. I kept telling myself that “by 2016 you will be totally fine, and you can become a pro blogger!”.
Fast forward to 2016, and I saw more specialists and told me that I would have this condition forever. For now at least. Until medical research catches up and figures out how to cure me.
It was at that moment that Mindy Kaling was ringing in my ears with her famous quote:
“Why the f*&k not me?”
Luckily my GP is fantastic and has done everything in her power to give me a great quality of life. My family are also marvellous and I have a lot of support around me. I’m also incredibly lucky that my now husband is the best carer in the entire world. He deserves an award for coping with me! I take medication every day, and at the moment everything is harmonious, and because I’m a bit of a Type A personality, I’m super organised. Being super organised and motivated is enough for me to keep showing up and getting stuff done.
“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” —James N. Watkins.
My message to you is, if I can do it while suffering from all that crap and more…
You can do it.
So, you don’t have a blog yet?