Halifax entrepreneur Dawn Jaikens has an eye for detail and a blossoming business, Cards with Class, which is earning her a keen following.
For the past four months she has been selling her often quirky and always eye-catching greetings cards on Todmorden market on Saturdays and Sundays.
She started making them eight years ago, focusing on decoupage and opting for a wide range of subjects, from gothic images to gorillas, to broaden their appeal.
But four years ago she had to call a halt to her work after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 42.
A “sausage-shaped” lump was finally diagnosed as an aggressive form of breast cancer after her third visit to her doctor in 2009 and within two weeks she was admitted for a lumpectomy at Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, followed by six months of chemotherapy treatment there and four weeks of radiotherapy in Leeds.
She now visits a specialist annually, a recent mammogram was clear and in another year she will know if the cancer is in remission.
Dawn, of Hambleton Drive, Mixenden, hopes her story will encourage other women who may discover a lump to persevere. “The doctor didn’t think it was anything because it wasn’t the right shape - mine was shaped like a sausage and they are usually pea shaped.
“The oncologist said if they had left it another three or four months there would have been nothing they could do, so I was very lucky,” she said.
Her creative streak has been inherited by her son Joshua, 16, who wants to be a graphic designer.
To see more examples of Dawn’s work visit the market or see www.facebook.com/cardswithclass. For bespoke requests call 07920 052323.