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As I young girl growing up in Willowdale, Ontario, I always enjoyed making things with my hands. In my early years, a neighbour close to our family cottage showed me how to hand sew. This allowed me to make Barbie clothes for my dolls. Creating something like as simple as doll clothes, gave me a wonderful feeling. Over the years I've tried my hand at many different types of crafts, not to mention -- quilting, designing and sewing my own line of children's wear called Booger Tee's; drawing, painting; embroidery; crewel; paper crafts and home décor. I found I was good at some and others not so much. :-)
Over the passed twenty years, I found my way into paper crafting.
Paper crafts enclosed all spectrums including scrapbooking; home décor and card making to name a few. I found that paper crafts range from simple to elaborate pieces that can used to showcase your skills. Inspired but want I learned, I decides to share my new found skills with others.
It started quite simply, with showing a friend the basics of card making. From there it is really just history. I held custom classes in the surrounding towns and cities. I hosted crops and special events in my home including "Girls night out!", where we came together to enjoy a simple meal, glass of wine and a project we would all be proud of. From there, a custom projects for weddings, showers and special events. Sometime it was to celebrate a major accomplishment in someone life or an end-of-line memory album.
During my working career at the hospital I worked at, I hosted dozens of wellness craft sessions for staff. Over the years, we held free craft sessions, to help reduce stress in our employees. From these simple 30 minute wellness breaks, I was nominated and won the Wellness Award.
Simple classes grew from 1 to 5 staff, to groups of 15 or more.
I also worked with two different support staff, as we crafted kits for all of the employees for the holiday seasons - this amount to over 1,200 craft kits that staff could do at their desks. The responses was so overwhelming we did it two years in a row.
During our annual Continuous Quality Improvement events, I instructed over 100 staff in a gift bag and card class. While we had glitter everywhere - they were all proud of the end results.
I hold classes because I enjoy sharing the things I have learned. Creating things in a community of like-minded people is good for your health and your soul. I hope that we will have that opportunity as I start to host new classes in my new home in Grand Bend, Ontario.
Thanks for stopping by...Nanc