I have always loved doing crafts, and they have certainly varied through out the years. As a child, I was inspired by a very creative mother, who taught me to sew at a young age, and offered me many craft projects during my childhood. During my working years, and while I raised a family, I continued to sew, and made random craft projects. At one point I worked as a therapist using art as a medium to communicate with individuals that were resistant to talk therapy. I found that as I participated in art activities, I was in a whole different realm of creativity.
I became deeply involved with candle making, and handmade soap. I loved working with fragrance oils, and was entranced with watching the liquids transform from liquids to candles or soap.
As time went by I took up quilting, and later weaving. With quilting I rarely finished a quilt, but totally loved designing quilt tops and putting them together. I found weaving to be a challenge and wonderful way to immerse myself in fiber arts and create great gifts for family and friends.
But no matter what craft I was involved in, I always loved using paper in a variety of ways. I enjoy using various media on paper, and experimenting with new ways to create a mood or feeling. Stamping has been wonderful, and adding a variety of color through paper piecing, markers, colored pencils, and inks. It is so fabulous to blend different colors, and materials.
And so the story goes. I finally have a dedicated craft room, with half of the area used for quilting, and the other half used for scrap booking. I love beautiful printed papers, and a gorgeous palette of card stock. When I’m able to coordinate inks and coloring media with the paper, I do the happy paper crafter dance. I adore die cutting, and paper piecing, and am constantly amazed at the new developments that come out to create out of the box designs. I find much joy with paper crafting, and for that reason I try to balance it with creating cards and projects for organizations such as Operation Write Home, and Children’s Hospitals.
I enjoy attending scrapbook expos, and various crops where I can meet and talk about paper crafting. I am so pleased that you are interested in my blog, and look forward to talking with you through the website.