When did you first start crafting and how did you learn?
I've always crafted. I grew up out in the country with nowhere to go and had lots of time for creating things! My mom taught me the basics of sewing when I was about 8. My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was about 10. In the same year I got a book from the library about paper quilling and started that as well. I did a lot of building things out of paper, making cards, drawing pictures, etc. as well.
Can you remember the first thing you made?
I have no idea as I have been crafting since I was so young! Some of my first crafting projects were with my Barbie dolls. I sewed them clothes and I built them furniture out of old tissue boxes. My sisters and I also built an awesome Barbie car out of a large doll box, toilet paper tubes, and other cardboard pieces. I wish I had photos!
Where do you look for inspiration?
These days I get a lot of inspiration from cultural designs that I see, especially Indian designs. My husband is Indian, so I have plenty of exposure to the culture, clothing, etc. I especially love the paisley and swirl designs found on Indian fabric for saris and other outfits. I also get inspiration when I see the jewelry that people are wearing and I think "I could make something like that out of paper!"
What's your craft space like and how do you organize your supplies?
I share a small home office with my husband. I have a computer desk and a quilling desk. All of my craft supplies are organized in a large plastic drawer cabinet, which keeps it fairly tidy. Of course there are always plenty of craft supplies spilled across my desk at any given moment. I usually take what I need to use at the time and bring it to the dining table so that my daughters can join me in crafting.
What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to craft along to?
At night when I do my paper quilling I like to watch either romantic comedies, sitcoms, Star Trek, and others. Whatever I am in the mood for at the time.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I mostly do paper quilling now, though that ventures both into cardmaking, framed art, and jewelry. I love crocheting, but it aggravates my wrist (carpal tunnel) so I usually stick to paper quilling which isn't painful. I also love vegan baking and cooking, reading, gardening, and teaching (I homeschool my two daughters)
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Thanks for the opportunity to be a Papercraft Superstar, I love more avenues for sharing paper quilling tutorials!