I am a forty-something (shhhhh– don’t let that get out) child of God who nearly 18 years ago married my best friend and love of my life. And when you add it all up and divide by three I have been blessed.
I LOVE to make things and it doesn’t matter what the “thing” is, except food (not big on cooking — just eating). 🙂 The creative process truly feeds my soul. I enjoy transforming an idea into a TANGIBLE creation which ultimately becomes a TREASURE to someone else or myself. I find creativity as comforting as a home cooked meal because it reminds me that I am my mother’s daughter. I talk about how she has inspired me on my Inspiration page so check it out by clicking here or looking under the ‘About Me’ section on the menu bar.
On this page I answer the three questions people ask most when they find out I’m a card-maker:
1. How did I get started making cards?
I started making cards several years ago when a not so local scrapbook store offered free ‘Make & Takes’ every Monday evening. I happened to be in the store one Monday night and there was “Sandi” (‘Make & Take’ instructor) telling me to come over and make a card. The price was right (free) and her skills apparent so I sat down and the rest (as they say) is history. So for weeks afterward I would drive the 45-60 minutes or so (hence the “not so local” comment) to partake in the free ‘Make & Takes’. The store eventually stopped the ‘Make & Takes’ but I made a friend in “Sandi”.
2. What are my other hobbies?
I’m not just a one trick pony (as the old folks used to say). Besides card-making I also enjoy: quilting (quilt piecing), playing the piano, crocheting, sewing, scrapbooking, and writing poetry. I have dabbled in cake decorating too but as my husband pointed out, “you actually have to make a cake before you can decorate it”. LOL 🙂 Making a cake also called “baking” is the close cousin of “cooking”, which I’ve already said isn’t one of my “things”. I am part of a new Copic Club but I’m not active in many other clubs. I enjoy doing projects at church: decorating, VBS (Vacation Bible School) director, etc.
3. Why do you make cards when you can buy them?
Let’s face it, in our fast paced, microwave, “click of a button”, internet and tweeter world nothing says “I love you” or “I care”, better than something HANDMADE. Mothers know this to be true and that’s why when you grow up and prepare to leave the nest they present you with all of the less than artistic paintings, lopsided clay bowls, and cracked vases, you made for them from elementary school through high school. They didn’t have the heart to throw any of your handmade treasures away and they believe that their treasures will now be your treasures. Either that or it’s payback. 🙂
Handmade is better, even with all the imperfections. Handmade says something that clicking a button doesn’t and never will. Handmade is unique, it’s time and effort, heart and soul all coming together to create this one special thing for that special somebody. Just ask a card-maker how many handmade Christmas cards they sent out last year. Handmade is not for the masses but reserved for the special few.
Oh, yea I also make cards because it’s FUN!
Happy Creating and God Bless!