'The Crafty Witch.'

        'The Crafty Witch's Home Page.

Here's where you can find out more about me and what sort of things I do. 

If you are looking for something in particular, why not contact me, I may well have what you want (if not, I should be able to make it. Try me!!)

If you are reading my site, will you please go and sign my guestbook. It's a good way for me to find out what people want. Many thanks.

This site was last updated on - 19/10/2017.

My name is Gillian McDonald-Constable, and to almost everyone else other than my immediate family, I am known simply as Jill, (sorry Mum!) I was married to Chris, who sadly, passed away in March 2013 following a long illness. We have a daughter Sara (married to Steve) and two grandchildren, James and Melanie.

I have a large garden, with fruit, veggies, and flowers, (some of which are dried to use in my cards). I also have two mad, but lovable little dogs, Miniature Schnauzer girls.

Our 'girls' at eight weeks old. This was taken just before they came to their new home. They are eleven years old now and have changed a lot, they have both had a litter of pups each for us, lovely babies!

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I mainly create a variety of Art and Craft items, using card, paper and fabric, not simply the usual greetings cards you may have seen on some other sites. A variety of techniques are used to create my works. I have invested in an electric cutter/plotter, which is capable of cutting almost any shape you can think of, in many materials. Many of my cards have items on them that I cut using this machine, 

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At present, I am concentrating mainly on my writing. My first, novel, a Western,'The Ghosts Of Poynter'was published by Robert Hale,(Black Horse imprint),in July 2012. The second Western,'Crazy Man Cade', was published at the end of October 2012. Hale also published my latest 'regular' Western in Autumn 2015, entitled 'The Secret of the Silver Star'. For Hale my author name is Amos Carr.

 'Saint or Sinner' is a Western Romance and has been published by an American company 'Prairie Rose Publications' it is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other outlets,including Wal-Mart as an e-book or print book. PRP have also published my novellas, 'Eyes Like the Sea' and 'Hearts and Red Ribbons' and I have a true story about one of our dogs in their latest anthology 'Pawprints on my Heart.'

For PRP my author name is Gil McDonald.

 

 I recently completed a contemporary Romance and sent it to some publishers whilst I got on with writing another couple. 'The Gypsy's Kiss' was published at the beginning of February, by a new publisher in USA! My author name with them is Jill McDonald.

Unfortunately, I have not had much time to work on my cards lately. I am still keeping my hand in though, with family cards, painting and some commissioned work, but if you see anything you want, please do contact me. 

If you are interested in reading excerpts from my books, please go over to my writing web site -

www.womanwholeads.webs.com

Thank you.

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 Rather than just looking at the cards, why not go to the page marked 'PARAPHANALIA', This is the name I use when selling my wares with my mother, she makes Teddies, in both real mohair and up-cycled fabrics. That is where you will see Mum's bears, as well as some of the things I create which are not cards, but can be made from card, (or paper, or textiles, etc etc.)

Why not also take a look at the 'Works in Progress' page.  There I will show you, sometimes, how I build up, and create one of my cards, or other items.

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Please keep popping back here to keep up with any changes as I make them.

To contact me for details, please either leave a message on my Guestbook, or  e-mail me at grizzlemiss@talktalk.net or call me on my mobile  - 07983 765579 (if I am not in, leave a message, and I will get back to you as soon as possible).

I have always been a 'crafty' person, and after leaving school,  went on to complete a three year Art and Design course, and a one year Photographic course, going on then to complete a three year Honours degree in Cultural Studies, and an M.A. in Writing Studies.  I have had short stories, articles and poems published in a variety of magazines and papers over the years, and have put together some small booklets with themed collections of my poetry, which I hope will be offered for sale later (watch this space!) So if you want a special greeting for a card and can't think what to say, just ask me. You really don't know what can be done unless you ask!

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I have set up another website for all of my writing, so to see excerpts from my works, please go to -

http://www.womanwholeads.webs.com 

Please do leave me a note to let me know what you think of the site won't you?  Thank you.

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Over the years, and for various reasons, I have often been called a 'witch', and having a very strongly Celtic background, as well as living in the shadow of the very 'witchy' Pendle Hill, what better name could there be for my site really?

 

       This is one of my Christmas cards,

That is my own photo of a snowy Pendle Hill, and a few blobs of glitter added to give that 'Christsmassy' feel.

All of the photographs which are used in my works have been taken by me (unless otherwise stated) and most of the items are completely designed and created by me.

(Everything on this site is my copyright, and as such may not be reproduced without my express permission.)

I class myself as a 'creator of Arts and Crafts', because I don't just make greetings cards, I also create Hand crafted collector's Teddy Bears, charted cross stitch pictures, and various card and paper items, such as - Inspirational sayings and quotes, door plaques, 3D cards, keepsakes, monograms, and more, just keep coming along to the site and looking in to see what else is available.

All of my items are hand crafted from 'scratch', including many of the 'toppers' and embellishments (although even I do have to buy one or two things in sometimes!)  My design ideas can come from anywhere.  Sometimes they 'arrive' fully formed, sometimes they need a few hours of redesigning until I am satisfied with the result.

Nature and Her infinite colours and variety of shapes are what inspire me the most.  Many of the items I use are from Nature, I use leaves, flowers, feathers and much of the paper is hand made. 

Because of that, many of the cards cannot be exactly reproduced, as colours and textures vary greatly, especially with things like hand made paper, but I will certainly try my best to re create any of the cards you may have seen on the site as closely as possible. 

I am constantly on the lookout for new ideas, and designs, and am always 'doodling' away at something, or sitting surrounded by 'bits' and putting together the numerous 'toppers' used in the designs!

(A SAMPLE OF SOME OF THE KIND OF 'TOPPERS' I PUT TOGETHER.THE LETTERS, SCROLLS, AND COMPOSITE PARTS OF THE FLOWERS, ARE ALL CUT INDIVIDUALLY FROM DIFFERENT COLOURED CARD. THE  FIVE LAYERS FOR EACH OF THE FLOWERS ARE THEN PAINSTAKINGLY BUILT UP BY HAND, AND STUCK TOGETHER. FINALLY, ALL THE PIECES OF THE WHOLE DESIGN ARE STUCK TO THE CARD).

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 As already mentioned, all of the photos are taken by me unless otherwise stated, they include lots of Nature, my Mother's gorgeous Teddy Bears and rabbits, some of her friend's different breeds of rabbits (and of course my dogs and puppies!)

Many of these photos will eventually be finding their way onto the site, in one format or another.

(All photos and other items on this site are copyright, and as such may not be reproduced in any way, except by express permission).

If you would like copies of any of my photos, they can be turned into prints for you to use as pictures (up to A4) contact me for details.

  e-mail me on - grizzlemiss@talktalk.net 

                   or call my mobile -  07983 765579                     .

BUT REMEMBER - PLEASE KEEP COMING BACK TO MY SITE! 

 THERE IS A LOT TO ADD TO THE SITE.  WHAT WITH DESIGNING AND MAKING UP ALL OF THE STOCK, PHOTOGRAPHING OR SCANNING THE COMPLETED ITEMS IN TO THE COMPUTER, COMING UP WITH A GOOD DESCRIPTION AND SUITABLE CODE FOR THEM ALL, BAGGING, LABELLING, AND, FINALLY, PUTTING THEM ALL ON TO THE SITE. 

DO LET ME KNOW HOW I'M DOING BY SIGNING MY GUEST BOOK PLEASE.