|JUST FOR FUN|
|NEW||Handmade Collage "Squares"|
|Cats - Japanese paper collage|
|Dogs - Japanese paper collage|
|Christmas handmade Cards|
|"HE SAID; SHE SAIDS"|
|Birthdays Page One|
|Birthdays Page Two|
|Christmas Page 1|
|Christmas Page 2|
|White Daisy Wedding|
|Why I make Crackers!|
|Izzy and Me Cards|
Why I started making Christmas Crackers for YOU!
<< Several years ago I went shopping for Christmas crackers at a better known, quality retail store. Looking over the selection, I settled on a box with pretty papers and a festive look. However, after reading the contents of the box, I was horrified to see they included a pen knife! For Christmas, can you believe it?. Looking more closely at other boxes I began to see that for the most part they were filled with plastic gizmos and un-festive junk, not at all in keeping with the original idea of treats, mottoes, puzzles and little gifts.
I immediately resolved to stop buying mass produced crackers and begin making them myself. I wanted my crackers to be filled with treats like the ones my Mom used to put in the stocking she lay beside my bed each Christmas eve. In it were pieces of fruit, nuts, candy and tiny wrapped fun surprises. Many people shared my thoughts about how tired and empty the modern day cracker has become; in many cases it is nothing more than a 'decorator' tube filled with plastic gizmos! While they look beautiful, they are a let-down to open. I received mounting requests from people asking me to make my crackers for their families and friends. After only one year I was already making hundreds of crackers for my downtown card shop. Continuing to expand the concept every year, I began to create these gentle old fashioned crackers for my feline friends, including in them, toy mice, catnip and tiny party hats!! I have also developed designs for Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, dogs, cottage parties, birthdays, weddings and valentines. GillianCrackers™ has now grown into a year-round business.
I continue to research and develop the GillianCrackers™ line further every year within the cracker's Victorian tradition when they were a lively source of holiday fun, family entertainment and included the all-important element of surprise. Victorian crackers were an event; an entertainment that people looked forward to with anticipation and that is what I want for my crackers and for you!>>