My parents had six children and I am the baby of the family. We didn’t have much money, but we made do and were very happy! For presents, we kids would make each other any kind of hand-made treasure that we could think of out of paper and we would wrap them up using paper bags from the food store. We had an aunt who worked in a textile mill in Paterson (New Jersey) and so we had lots of string – brown string. We’d tie up the package with this brown string instead of using tape. These little presents became known as “paper wrapped up in paper tied with brown string” and are a treasured memory for all of us.
Another fun activity was paper dolls. One of my favorite paper doll collections was the Flintstones paper dolls. I was always Betty because my hair was black, and my sister, Laura, was always Wilma because she was blonde. We loved making clothes for all the different paper dolls we had, and played with the dolls for hours. Discovering the Cricut brought back all that fun of playing with paper dolls!
I became interested in scrapbooking when an acquaintance invited me to a Creative Memories party. I was hooked! What’s not to love? It’s paper, right? I have since branched out to making all kinds of paper things including posters, bulletin boards for school, handmade cards, decorations, and mini-albums.
Other things about me . . . I love science, and can see and recognize science in action everywhere I go. I was lucky enough to teach it to others as a middle school science teacher for 22 years. I taught the deaf, first in my native New Jersey and then in Virginia. My husband and I moved here in 2006. We love hiking in the mountains and attempted to hike the Appalachian Trail in 2004. (We only got 130 into it when I ruptured a disc in my back.)
I’m an avid knitter and love making sweaters and things for my grandchildren! I love reading, especially books in series like the Bones series by Kathy Reichs, the Harry Potter series, the Clan of the Cave Bear series, the Narnia series, Dirk Pitt novels. . . I guess I just never want the story to end. I always wonder what happens to the characters when the story is finished.
I started this blog during one of my summer vacations, and really enjoy sharing my projects and writing about them. I hope you enjoy reading it! Thank you for visiting!