Wendy’s Crafts is a retirement passion for me. I am a former chemist and financial services officer. After almost 30 years working in structured, process-driven government departments I decided to expand my creativity and jam-making skills from family and work colleagues to the community..
What I didn’t realize was how many new friends I would make and how much joy would be added to my life.
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 is a particular favourite of my friends. 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, site booking at a market and the new adventure began.
Wendy’s commitment to homemade jam
The demand for the Wendy’s Crafts range of Jams, Marmalades, and Relishes is growing from year to year.
I remain committed to small-batch, fresh fruit production of my product. Delicious, real fruit, homemade marmalade, jam and relish.
– Wendy 2015-