A Writing Contest about yourself.

Hmmmm, do I show the PRIZES first?  Do I set out the Contest Rules?

I’ll do the Prizes first.  DISCLAIMER:  These Prizes are (sort of) new and unopened, never used.  They are from my stash.  Because some of you live out of the US and all items being posted have to clear customs I am keeping the prizes small so they will travel well through the postal system.

FIRST PRIZE:  A “Believe” chipboard word and a wooden block.  The wooden block is to be attached to the chipboard word so it will stand upright in your craft room.  There may be some sanding involved on the wooden block….to get the Jeff Foxworthy thing off before you attach the chipboard piece.

"Believe" chipboard with wooden block.  First Prize

"Believe" chipboard with wooden block. First Prize

SECOND PRIZE:  A Stampin’ Up! Hostess Stamp Set titled “Silhouette Sentiments”.  It is an unmounted set.

Silhouette Sentiments Hostess Stamp Set - Second Prize

Silhouette Sentiments Hostess Stamp Set - Second Prize

THIRD PRIZE:  A 6″x6″ canvas covered frame to alter.

6"x6" Canvas covered frame - Third Prize

6"x6" Canvas covered frame - Third Prize

CONTEST AND RULES:

This is a “Writing Contest”.  I’m a “Nosy Parker” and I love to find out why and how people get started doing the things they do.  You will write a Blog Post, on your blog, and answer these 10 questions.  Leave a link to your Blog Post in the COMMENTS section of this Contest Post.

  1. How long have you been crafting?  Not just card making, scrapbook layouts, or altering items.  Crafting in general.
  2. What was the first item you created, on your own, and personally purchased all of the products?
  3. Who inspired you to begin your first project?
  4. When you got serious about your craft who benefited from your creativity?
  5. Over the years, how many craft things have you tried?
  6. What brought you to paper crafting?
  7. What is your most favorite tool to use?
  8. What is your most favorite product to use?
  9. Do you listen to music or watch television when you craft?
  10. What have you created that you loved so much you just can’t seem to part with it?

RULES:

  1. Contest begins January 14, 2012 and runs through January 31, 2012.
  2. All entries must be posted on your blog and all 10 questions must be noted, in some fashion, on your blog entry.
  3. Leave a link to your blog post in the COMMENT section of THIS post.
  4. I will NOT be replying to any of the comments you post in this COMMENT section.  I will go directly to your blog post and leave a comment there.
  5. Length of your answers to the questions is up to you.  However, I do hope you can elaborate a bit more than just using one or two words to answer each question 😀
  6. You can add photos to your blog entry if you choose to do so.
  7. The deadline to enter this contest is at 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time in the US on January 31, 2012.
  8. Winners will be announced on February 1, 2012.

Have fun with this.  You can be as private as you wish to be or as open as you are comfortable with.

Since I am automatically disqualified to win this contest 😀 I will begin to give you an idea of what to think about when telling your story.

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I began crafting at the age of 15.  Sewing was my introduction to creativity.  I have been crafting for about 41 years now.

The first item I made was a bright orange floral jump suit with Elephant style legs.  I had saved up my $3 weekly allowance for a month to purchase the fabric which displayed dinner plate sized white flowers on an intense orange background.  This was in 1969 and the Elephant style leg in pants was the “In Thing”.  I purchased the pattern, a pair of very sharp scissors, the straight pins necessary to pin the pattern to the fabric, and the spools of thread to complete the outfit.

My Home Economics class had a fashion show set up with the local 4-H Club and we each were going for the trophy.  We all had walking lessons to walk the runway in our fabulous garments.  I was so excited to do this I could not be brought down from the ozone 😀

Now, mind you, I have always been large.  At 15 years old I weighed in at 190 pounds.  The bright orange jumpsuit I made with the huge flowing legs I was sure was going to be the winner of the entire show.  A journalist was at the fashion show along with a newspaper photographer.  When I got a look at myself from a photo placed along with the article you probably can imagine my shock at seeing what everyone else saw!  Ginormous is all I can say.  After a few tears I put the jump suit away and never wore it again.  My love of sewing did not get put away.

The person who influenced my interest in sewing was one of my Foster Sisters.  Frances Taylor-Fry.  That girl could take a piece of fabric and create the most wonderful items without the aid of a pattern.  She was amazing and I wanted to be just like her.

After I got out of the Foster Home and began living my own life I continued to sew.  My children were the first I sewed for.  I made their onesies, the plastic protectors that went over the cloth diapers.  Later, as they grew, I made all of their clothes.  It was cheaper to make their clothing than to purchase it at that time and I loved going through the fabric shops to pick just the right patterned fabrics.

Later in my years of sewing I made Joe’s shirts.  He likes to have two pockets on the front of his shirts, something that is not easy to find, and he likes to have short sleeves.  Nearly everything in his size has long sleeves and don’t fit him well.  I made all his shirts for about 8 years.

I made Joe's shirts

I made Joe's shirts

And my daughter's Prom Dress

And my daughter's Prom Dress

I started out sewing which later lead to crocheting, then knitting.  I began embroidery at 22 years of age, then that changed to Counted Cross Stitch, Candle Wicking, Lace Net Darning, Needlepoint, and finally Plastic Canvas work.  My interests changed and I took up acrylic painting of plaster objects, which only lasted for a little while.   I have delved into so many crafts and had not found anything that held my interest for long.

My introduction to Paper Crafting came while I was out doing my “Day Job”.  I rode with Joe for almost 2 years before I began driving myself.  During the time I rode with him I took tons and tons of photos.  I found a book on making scrapbook pages in 2001 at a home improvement store and I became interested in this craft.

I have one Favorite Tool and it is a clear grid marked quilting ruler.  That thing gets used constantly in my paper crafting.  I’ve had the metal 17″ rulers and the wood 12″ rulers but I really like my clear grid ruler.

My Grid Ruler

My Grid Ruler

My most Favorite Product to use is a Scotch ATG Gun.  I love that thing.  Seemingly endless supply of adhesive and it is really easy to reload when I run out.  I balked at the initial price of it but after I considered how much money I spent in purchasing refills for the smaller adhesive tape runners I had the cost of the ATG Gun and then some.  Yes, it would be considered a tool but I love the adhesive products that are used in this gun.

My ATG Gun

My ATG Gun

I listen to a local radio station sometimes.  Mostly I listen to Native American music.  Navajo and Cherokee.  The drums and flutes of their music help get me in a meditative place.  The heartbeat of the drums calm me.  This music has the opposite effect on Joe.  It grates on his nerves and unsettles him.

The thing I am most delighted with are the plaster houses I painted many years ago and have them displayed at Christmas time under our tree.  The many hours I spent making each house cause me to wonder at my sanity.  I have no desire to do that again but I do so enjoy looking at them.

Painted plaster houses

Painted plaster houses

Okay, now it is your turn 😀