January 2012

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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More Valentine's Items

Here are some heart shaped boxes with a cutout for a photo of someone special. Click on any photo to link to that item in my Etsy shop. Go to the Valentine's section of my shop for other boxes and cards perfect for your Valentine.


The History of Quilling

Quilling (paper filigree) is the art of rolling and shaping narrow strips of paper, and arranging them into designs. It dates back to 15th century Italy monasteries where books were made (hand-written and -bound). In trimming the pages, nuns and monks used the "waste" strips to make coils and spirals into attractive designs, then decorated religious relics with them.

As with other art forms during the Renaissance, quilling spread throughout much of Europe and became a pastime of upper class ladies, who extended the decorating of objects to include boxes, baskets, cabinets and screens. With the invention of the paper-making machine in England in the early 19th century and the resulting wider availability of paper, quilling became a leisure time activity for women in Europe and America; they still hand-cut the paper into strips and sometimes used bird quills to roll the papers.

Its popularity declined around the turn of that century, but with improved tools, papers, colors, and precision paper-cutting machines, quilling was revived as a hobby in the mid 20th century and continues to have it's enthusiasts today in the 21st century.


A New Paper
Crafters often work towards the next "special day". Right now, that's Valentines Day. I found some new quilling paper I'm really excited about - it has a hand-applied brilliant metallic edge on it, gold or silver on various colors as well as red on red, green on green and blue on blue. SO pretty.

First use of this new paper is for Valentine's Day cards - click on any photo to link to that item in my Etsy shop (these small photos don't do justice to the beauty of this paper).

A New Year
It's 2012 already! All my Christmas items will remain in my shop for a few weeks while favorites and new items are featured in my Etsy shop. First up: Valentine's Day - here are a couple items that have been newly relisted (more next week):





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