November 2011

About Me
When I was 8 years old, I learned to crochet - a potholder out of yarn first, then a doily out of thread. I was mesmerized by the idea of creating something beautiful. And thus began my creative journey. Since then I have tried many crafts. Some were fads whose popularity (and availability of supplies) came and went. Many are traditional crafts and variations on them. All are self-taught. Among my favorites: crochet; counted cross-stitch; Christmas ornaments and decorations; and quilling, the most artistically satisfying of them all.

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Two of the ornaments in last week's posting (below), the Gingerbread and the Angel, include rounds of zig-zags. This is called crimping - it adds another dimension to quilled pieces.

My ingenious Lego-aficionado son, featured in last month's blog, built me a crimper out of - yes - LEGOs! The strip of quilling paper (green in this picture) goes in the top and, by turning the knob on the side, gears inside crimp the paper, giving it the zig-zag look as it comes out the bottom.


It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Actually, it always looks like Christmas in my crafts room - I'm creating new designs all the time, and have uploaded a lot of them over the past few weeks. Check them out - click on any picture to view that item on my Etsy site, or go to the Christmas section of my Etsy shop to see more..






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