British-Owned Veteran Business

Built on my experiences as a veteran.

Every Purchase Supports Veterans

8.5% of net sales donated yearly.

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British-Owned Veteran Business

Built on my experiences as a veteran.

Every Purchase Supports Veterans

8.5% of net sales donated yearly.

Free Shipping Over £75

Benefit from free shipping

British Army

Explore a curated selection of British Military gift ideas tailored specifically for Army enthusiasts.

Royal Navy

Discover a handpicked collection of British Military gift ideas designed with Navy enthusiasts in mind.

Royal Air Force

Embark on a journey through a curated assortment of British Military gift ideas crafted especially for RAF

Royal Marines

Explore an exclusive assortment of gift ideas curated specifically for Royal Marines enthusiasts.

Remembrance

Explore a specially curated selection of tribute items, crafted with reverence for the British Military and their legacy.

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As a licensed MOD holder, 8.5% of net sales are donated to military welfare charities through the MOD.

My Battle with the Black Dog...

TheCraftyBlackdog has been created from my own battle with the Black Dog - a term most commonly used to describe a state of depression.

This was something I had unknowingly been battling for over 20 years following my time in the military. It wasn’t until I became a mother and I could no longer do the things I used to do, to escape, that things started to unravel and I had to ask for help, that was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, making that admission.

I first became interested in arts and crafts in 2019 whilst at a place called ‘Combat Stress’ in Surrey, this is where Military Veterans like myself can go and get help for Mental Health matters. Whilst there I discovered Art Therapy (I hated art at school!) and a love for making things in the OT room. I started by making Remembrance Day related crafts and this quickly moved onto Military Insignia.

The Black Dog has stolen the mass of confidence I used to have, so I am hoping this adventure will help me to connect with people again and inspire those of you out there also having your own battle, it is one that may never be won, but it certainly can be helped.

Clare

Owner & Veteran, TheCraftBlackdog

Honouring Service

TheCraftyBlackdog was born from my own fight with depression, intensified after military service and becoming a mother. Seeking help was difficult but crucial.

In 2019, at Combat Stress in Surrey, I found solace in art therapy and crafting, starting with Remembrance Day crafts and evolving into Military Insignia.

This journey is not just about regaining my confidence but also about connecting and inspiring others facing similar battles.

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