A Little Bit About Me...
I've had the creative
knack for as long as I can remember. When it comes to nature vs.
nurture, I like to think I was blessed with both artistic genes
AND an environment that nurtured them. My parents always supported
my artistic yearnings.
My mom encouraged me
to use my imagination, make up songs, make up stories, draw, paint,
sculpt with playdoh....even when it meant a dirty kitchen for her
to clean up. My mother was a Girl Scout leader for 29 years and
always had fun craft projects for our troop to do. She loved helping
me with my homework when it involved anything artistic. Whenever
I got bored, my mother either put me to work, or put art supplies
in front of me. Given the choice to do manual labor or do art, art
was the clear choice, hands down.
My father was a carpenter
by trade and his artistic side presented in the form of woodworking
and welding. He really put himself into his work and paid attention
to the smallest details. He was also a talented musician who taught
himself to play multiple instruments.
I consider all 7 of my
brothers and sisters to be creative people, (a few of them might
disagree, but even the ones who think they aren't creative still
respond to life's challenges in very creative ways).
My grandmothers on both
sides were crafters. My Nona Katerina was an excellent seamstress.
She hand-stitched beautiful costumes for my mother's ice-skating
recitals, as well as everyday clothing. She made all kinds of crocheted
and hand-sewn treasures to give as gifts. My Grandma Daisy used
to knit, sew, and crochet, but also loved to oil paint. I still
use the quilt she made me when I was young.
It must be in the blood.
I am happiest when I'm
creating something. Whether it's a greeting card, a tote bag, a
bracelet, a new way to organize our belongings, or a new recipe,
I've always got something in the works. I hope that by sharing my
artistic ideas, I might inspire you to exercise your crafty knack