I didn't start traveling until I was 18 or so, but now go on several daytrips/vacations a year.
I work full time and go to school part time.
Before my project, I had never done any sort of origami.
This upcoming year will be the 10th that I've participated in Relay for Life in some capacity.
What got you started crafting?
I enjoy seeing something made from nothing. It's kind of thrilling to see what you can put together and how pretty it can become with just a bit of elbow grease.
What is your source of inspiration?
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr is where my primary inspiration came from. It’s a story about Sadako, a young woman living in Japan at the time of the Hiroshima bombing back during World War II. Not long after the bombing, she developed leukemia and spent most of her time in a nursing home to “recover.” Sadly it was not meant to be as she eventually succumbed to the cancer. However, while in the nursing home, she decided to fold 1000 paper cranes. Japanese folklore says that a grand wish will be granted to anyone who folds 1000 paper cranes; Sadako’s was to survive her illness. Even though she was not able to complete all 1000 cranes before she passed on, her friends and family finished off folding the remaining cranes to be buried with her.
What have you made recently?
I've only really made paper cranes recently. I haven't had the time or inspiration to do anything else. I've got nearly 750 pieces of 6x6 paper waiting to be folded for my project.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I feel like handmade gifts and pieces are often more unique than mass produced. Additionally, buying handmade not only allows the person to continue doing what they love, but it also helps (hopefully!) put a little money in their pocket in the process. I feel like handmade goods are a better quality as more attention to detail is paid.