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I started creating way back in fifth grade when I cut up a bunch of bendy straws and used safety pins to make straw people that could bend and move. I loved to draw then, and thought I was the foremost expert on how to draw a unicorn properly. It wasn’t until I got to Junior High that I was introduced to beading and all the possibilities that beads could provide. I was earning my own allowance at that time, and couldn’t get enough of our local craft store. As I got older, my dad built me a little craft table of my own in my half of the room I shared with my older sister, and my parents were kind enough to check on me to see that I was still alive while I spent as much time as I could at it making this, that, or the other little project and learning to use my glue gun without burning myself. (Laugh if you will, but it only took me doing it once to figure it out.) My mother had given me her sewing machine when I was in high school, and…

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  • Joined June 6, 2011

Favorite materials

pressed Czech glass beads, beads in general, polymer clay, cotton when I sew, wire

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I started creating way back in fifth grade when I cut up a bunch of bendy straws and used safety pins to make straw people that could bend and move. I loved to draw then, and thought I was the foremost expert on how to draw a unicorn properly. It wasn’t until I got to Junior High that I was introduced to beading and all the possibilities that beads could provide. I was earning my own allowance at that time, and couldn’t get enough of our local craft store. As I got older, my dad built me a little craft table of my own in my half of the room I shared with my older sister, and my parents were kind enough to check on me to see that I was still alive while I spent as much time as I could at it making this, that, or the other little project and learning to use my glue gun without burning myself. (Laugh if you will, but it only took me doing it once to figure it out.) My mother had given me her sewing machine when I was in high school, and I really was the expert on making scrunchies and occasional clothing items including crazy looking vests from old corduroy pants (please don’t ask, there’s a reason I don’t have it anymore..what was I thinking! Thankfully it never saw the light of day..)
I joined the Army right after high school graduation, but I still was able to draw on occasion, just didn’t have much time for anything else. I’ve done a few good drawings in the intervening years that I keep tucked away if I didn’t give them away, but don’t draw very much anymore due to inability to keep focus long enough to get one completed…it’s hard to work on details if you’re constantly interrupted by demands for lunch, snacks, get my sister to give this back to me, or she said/he said this and that’s why I hit him/her back first, and…you get the idea.
I began beading seriously about three years ago, and discovered polymer clay about two years before that. I found out I’m good at making jewelry with the beads and since I love to challenge myself now and then, I figured out how to make spiders, scorpions, grasshoppers, and now free-standing dragons with the little seed beads (that drive me so nuts) and some wire (that drives me almost as crazy as the beads -insert semi-maniacal laugh here.) I'm working on other insects because they are kind of cool if you can overlook how creepy they are. I love to make my kids' costumes every Halloween if they want me to(they usually do), and quilting is something I'm trying to get more involved with, when I can find the time to start and finish them.
Everything I do is in my free time (I have four kids of my own, a baby that I care for while his parents are at work with varying schedules, three cats, a dog, and a husband running around the house at any given time) so I savor what time I can get and do as much as I can when I get it! My projects are my sanity after all!
Everything I make is of my own design unless otherwise noted - I give credit where it's due - and almost everything is one-of-a-kind (the exceptions are the Beaded Creatures; they're on a made to order basis because I like to make them and have plenty of beads for them,) but I very much enjoy what I do (when I get to do it, ha ha) and I do my best to show it in my work. Is it work if you enjoy it?
Thank you for taking the time to check out my little shop (and if you're still here, to read about me)!!
Whether to bring character to an outfit or a character to make someone smile, you should be able to find something here at Curling Ivy.
All of my treasury lists feature artists/creators items that haven't been featured yet. I'm on the lookout for the things that catch my interest that I feel should be shared with everyone I possibly can share with. Now that I can take the time to create them, I'll be doing so more often. : )
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By email:
www.curlingivy [!at] yahoo.com



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