A long, long time ago, when I was just a small child (well, maybe not 'small', but young), I found some strips of paper with my mothers crafting things. When I asked what they were for, she showed me one of the most beautiful things ever...QUILLING.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quilling) <-- (I can't seem to do links as I used to. new format has me stumped...so not a technology person! :( I can make frowny faces and arrows, though)
I can probably trace my love of paper all the way back to that moment. For as long as I can remember, I truly have been IN LOVE with paper. I used to buy little pads of paper in all the gifts shops...and many times I wouldn't use the paper except for very special notes to very special people. Otherwise, I would just keep them to look at, and leaf through. I just love the feel of it!! I even remember getting a great set of monogrammed stationery from my grandma as a birthday gift in grade school (in a box she made!).(Am I kind of making myself sound crazy, right now?)
I found this blog of gorgeous things...
So what's the big decision? Well, I've been struggling with my etsy shop for some time. I do love crafting. I do love paper. I do have a ton of paper piling up. I don't have a lot of time or motivation to get to the studio. But I want to keep my shop open. I want to be able to create something beautiful. And I want to be able to play with my papers.
Quilling melds all of my loves and it brings me back to my childhood. I mean, it's like a 3-D version of my doodles!! Being an artistic person who can't draw is a real bummer!! So, I lean towards swirls and circles in my sketching. I even took a calligraphy class in 6th grade...penmanship as art!!
And, oh my!! the possibilities!
So, I'm excited again.
This was my first attempt, from last week. I used a toothpick, since i don't have the proper quilling tools, yet; and, i cut strips of paper from the pile of scraps I have everywhere in my studio.
Today, I'm planning on cleaning and organizing that mess so that I can have a fresh clean space! I'm carving time out of my schedule to craft. I'm slowly getting back into the etsy thing, and hoping to (maybe) get some stuff together and try to hit the holiday craft show scene again. Fingers crossed, I haven't (AGAIN) waited too long!