Hope you are enjoying time with your families.
I have another fabulous blogger guest posting today.
Mary blogs over at Dogg and Pony Show and she has a lovely post to share with you all.
Take it away Mary!
Hi! I’m Mary from Dogg and Pony Show.
I started trying out sewing at an early age, about 10 years old – probably due to the fact that my mother used to sew matching outfits in different colors for my sister and me. My first “sewing” project was to use multi-colored kleenex tissues for fabric to make doll clothes out of! I carefully cut out holes for the doll’s arms and tied some ribbon around her waist to keep her clothes on; I even had a box that I would lay out her “clothes” in so they wouldn’t accidentally get used as tissues!!
My mother then taught me to sew on the sewing machine, how to use patterns, and gave me her fabric leftovers to use. This opened up a whole new world for me! For many years, I made almost all of my clothes, sewing for others, and my family received handmade items from me for Christmas often. From there I tried other crafts and sewing techniques (smocking, embroidery, etc.) and love creating different projects, and collected many craft items.
We have a furbaby that my husband and I adopted from the Humane Society when she was 7 weeks – we had planned to foster dogs, and she was our first foster pet. That goal was short-lived; we fell in love with her, kept her, and now I am a dog-lover! Her name is Inukosan which means, “little miss dog” in Japanese – Inu for short. Last year we started dog agility classes with her. Often half of our living room has some of her training obstacles in it, since it can get too hot to practice outside. Inu has also spawned my interest in creating doggy crafts too! We have started going to dog agility competitions with our RV and Inu – hope to be able to compete with Inu soon.
I love learning, and reading about what other crafters have made – the cyber world is great for that, but I still collect craft books. My lace and ribbon weaving technique was just published in the online publication Dec. 2010 Papers and Pixels. My blog reflects my interests – papercrafting, sewing, Stampin’ Up, dogs, and the Trail of the Painted Ponies.
So Christmas presents have become one of my favorite times to use a theme to wrap all the gifts in – I would choose a color theme and then buy only gift-wrapping papers, ribbons, and tags in those colors. Color themes I’ve had fun with have been lime green and pink, purples, silver and gold, red and green…When I became more interested in papercrafting, I started making some of my own papers, tags, and designing ribbons. Here are some pictures of my last year’s presents – can you see what my “theme” was?
Here are some of the presents I wrapped for this year – one theme is masculine,
Thanks so much Mary for guest posting today!
Everyone go visit Mary’s cute blog and give her some love! 🙂