Sparkly Pretty Things is a website with a heart, part of a virtual community of crafters and makers who have, or support people with, physical disabilities and mental health conditions.
My name is Linda and I started Sparkly Pretty Things in 2014. I had developed chronic physical illnesses that changed my life completely, and then had severe depression. I found crafting jewellery as a distraction initially but then began to see an improvement in my mental health. Crafting made me feel productive and useful, as well as helping me relax and feel calmer. Now I’ve rediscovered my love of knitting as well as enjoying all sorts of other crafts to make personalised gifts.
Over time I became involved with others with similar views, who supported charity and better health through crafting. There are so many with physical and mental illnesses that could potentially benefit from crafting in whatever form.
Now I make all kinds of crafty gifts, home decor, craft kits and knitted accessories which keep me busy, improve mental and physical health and make me happy. I donate a chunk of money from every sale to charity, and am currently supporting Hedgehog Haven Essex through sales of my Sparkly Fluffy Hedgehogs.
The other charities supported by Sparkly Pretty Things are MIND, Lupus UK and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. I'm delighted to say that Sparkly Pretty Things won an award from BrightPig.com as their Business of the Week in recognition of my work and support for people with chronic illnesses.