Crafty Endeavors

I used to have a crafting blog that I posted regularly to. However, as time progressed and my cardmaking did not, I lost interest in posting pretty simple, childish-looking cards. I still made at least one per week for a Christmas card challenge, but only so that I wouldn’t be kicked out of the group that ran it. Since I moved to my current institution in June, also, my individual art therapy sotpped, and the group I attend is pretty demanding of independence. I want to transfer to a less demanding group, but have not yet been able to speak to my named nurse on this.

I’ve been looking for crafts that didn’t require sight, and on a Facebook group for crafters with chronic illness, someone mentioned quilling. So I bought a quilling starter kit a few weeks ago and have been playing with it. First, I designed – or rather, didn’t design – a random pattern. I didn’t take note of or get feedback on the colors or shapes.

I decided not to finish the random pattern because it really felt like a waste of paper. Last Tuesday, it popped into my mind to make an actual design, and the simplest would be to make a card border. I used purple, pink, green and blue quilling paper. I only found out as I was finishing the project yesterday how to make the holes in the coils smaller. I use the needle tool because I can’t manage to put the paper into the slot of the slotted tool. I’m not sure how to make the holes as small as they are on the few ovals that one of my staff made using the slotted tool, but overall, I’m quite content with this card. The cardstock and the center flower are from my stash.

I have been trying out a few other crafts, like polymer clay, with which I made a number of jelly roll beads. I have not yet been able to make them into a bracelet or necklace, because some essential jewelry-making supplies have not yet arrived.

I also just today made a card using colored sand, but I’ll have to wait to show that one till my husband can take a pic, because I don’t want to damage the surface of my scanner with the sand.

7 thoughts on “Crafty Endeavors

  1. Hi Astrid – good to hear from you again, your quilling is very good. You have shaped the marquises very well and they look to be a pretty uniform shape and size.Look forward to seeing your jewellery.Katexx

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  2. Lovely to see more of your work. Great idea having a go with quilling. It's certainly a dimensional way of creating interest on a card, and it can be used to build up pictures such as petals of a flower, but also just pretty, random, or geometric patterns. Have fun with your varied crafting. I look forward to seeing your jewellery once you've put your pieces together as well.

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  3. Astrid, I think your cards are lovely hun, most of us crafters, do so, as time is heavy on our hands, so glad you have found something that you enjoy doing, and please, share all your cards…love and hugs xxx

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