Wendy’s Crafts is a retirement passion for a former chemist and financial services officer. After almost 30 years working in structured, process driven government departments I decided to bring my creativity and jam making skills to the community beyond my family and work colleagues.
Who is Wendy?
I was born into a farming family at Finley, in the Riverina Region of New South Wales. Jam making with my mother and grandmother was a happy and industrious time. Education in Finley, Melbourne, Wagga Wagga and Canberra resulted in a Chemistry degree. Graduation coincided with an Australia wide recession. I went where there was work. Wagga Wagga, Cairns and finally Wollongong. I continued to make jam. Gifts for work colleagues usually arrived as a jar of homemade jam. Blackberry Jam a particular favourite of my fiends. I remain passionate about keeping the art of jam-making alive.
Retirement from full-time work enabled the time opportunity for me to focus on my homemade jam. A portable gazebo, a table, a white tablecloth, 24 jars of Blackberry jam in the back of the car and a site booking at a market. Wendy’s Crafts now has over 15 Jams, Marmalades and Relishes and are a regular sight at 4 Markets and a growing number of Specialty Fairs 38 weeks per year.
The demand for the Wendy’s Crafts range of Jams, Marmalades and Relishes is growing from month to month. I remain committed to small batch, fresh fruit production of my product. Delicious, real fruit, homemade marmalade, jam and relish
– Wendy 2015-