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My Name is Amanda Battle and I am 48 and Mum to Thom, and Mallory!
I work full time for my local council as well as arranging Craft Fayres.
I have been a crafter for many years, designing and selling earrings in my teens and early 20's to getting hooked on cardmaking around 18 years ago when I worked as the manager in my local stationery shop which had a craft section.
I then went on in August 2004, with the help of my Mum, Pauline and Sister, Jude, to open my own shop, By The Woods, in Chipping Sodbury selling Paper Craft Supplies. This is when I began running clubs where I demonstrated and taught new techiques and products. I began to arrange Craft Fayres as an outlet for local crafty people to sell their creations. I also gave one to one cardmaking classes in the shop and taught cardmaking at various ladies groups as well as providing children and adult cardmaking parties. This was also a great outlet for myself and my sister to sell our cards as we were making far too many to use personally!!
At some point I managed to find the time to start scrapbooking and haven't stopped since! Although I have struggled to find time to craft now I have a little one to take care of, I hope to get back to it soon and get all those photos scrapped!
Running my own Craft Supplies shop has to have been one of the highlights of my life and it was with deep sadness that I eventually had to concede that I could not make a living from the shop. The doors closed for the last time in October 2007.
However, I was not about to leave the world of crafting altogether - no sirree!! I have continued to run the Craft Fayres, for a while branching out to Table Top sales and new venues and continued with my clubs.
My other interests include medieval history, visiting castles, reading, music, films and spending time with my family.......oh and cake!