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All Months 2013
Bubble Lanterns
Glitter Tea Lights
Halloween Lanterns
Neon Earrings
"Diamond" Earrings
Hexagon Treat Boxes
PostIt Note Holders
Silhouette Lanterns
Valentine Tea Light Collars
Valentine Iris Folding Cards
Iris Folding Calendars

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All Months 2013
Pink Earrings
Fans and Circles Earrings
More Earrings
New Color Quilling Paper
Red, White and Blue Star Earrings
Shiney and Colorful Earrings
Red Hat Earrings

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December 2012
Personal Xmas Decor
Craft Show
October 2012
Stars & Snowflakes
Autumn Earrings
Holiday Decorations
September 2012
Stained Glass Earrings
Red,Green Filigree Earrings
Autumn Leaves
Copper Earrings
Water Lilies & Lotus
August 2012
Bold, Gold Earrings
Black and White Earrings
Violets & Gerber Daisies
July 2012
Cameo Card and Box
Pink Stilletto
July Treasuries
June 2012
Nautilus 2
Fibonacci Nautilus
June Treasuries
April/May 2012
Mother's Day Cards
A New Technique
Chambered Nautilus
February 2012
Valentine's Items
Getting Personal
January 2012
A New Year
A New Paper
The History of Quilling
More Valentine's Items

>>> 2011 <<<

December 2011
November 2011
Xmas Ornaments
October 2011
Christopher's Creations (Lego itmes)
DIY Ornament Kit 2
Pink/Breast Cancer Awareness items
September 2011
Early Xmas Ornaments
DIY Ornament Kit 1
Note Cards
August 2011
Lattice Trinket Box

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.

About 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, in the 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.