'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!!)

This site was last updated on - 04/06/2018.

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. I particularly enjoy creating pretty little gift boxes and packaging. I use a wide variety of different techniques, both to prepare the paper/card and to create the items.

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 Rather than just looking at the cards, why not go over to the page marked 'PARAPHANALIA', This is the name I use when selling my wares with my mother, who creates the most beautiful, hand crafted Teddies in real mohair. There you will see some of 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.)

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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 around, leave a message, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.)

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 to complete a three year Honours degree in Cultural Studies and an M.A. in Writing Studies. I now have nine books published with 2 publishers, one here in London and one in America. Aside from my books, I have had short stories, articles and poems published in magazines and papers over the years, and have put together some booklets with themed collections of my poetry, which I hope will be offered for sale later, so if you want a special greeting for a card and can't think what to say, call 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 

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Over the years, and for various reasons, I have often been called a 'witch', and having a 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?

This is one of my Christmas cards,

That is my photo of a snowy Pendle Hill, with a few touches 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, gift boxes, 3D cards, keepsakes, monograms and more.

All my items are hand crafted from 'scratch', including many of the 'toppers' and embellishments (although 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 and feathers, and much of the paper is hand made. (Sometimes by me!)  

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 try my best to re create any of the cards you may have seen 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 my designs!

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 As already mentioned, the photos are taken by me unless otherwise stated and 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.