I love to sew and have been since the age of eight, but I have been crafting and creating my gift boxes since 1994. I started crafting as a means for me to keep my mind off of my pain that I was enduring from a severe work injury. At the time all I wanted to do was die because I was hurting so badly and I didn’t want to live as a cripple confined to a wheel chair. After attempting suicide three times and not succeeding, (it was not for the lack of trying, but God always sent someone to intervene. It was not yet my time), my psychiatrist recommended that I find something to keep my mind occupied.
Back in the early nineties there was an abundance of craft shows on television and I begin to try my hand at a few of them. Painting, millinery, (the construction of hat making), jewelry making, wood burning, macrame, knitting, crocheting, you name it I tried it. And I must admit I was pretty good at most of them, but when I put my hand at paper making and paper mache’, I fell in love. I love working with paper and card board. I love the feel of it, and the challenge in creating a new shape with it, not to mention the fact that I can recycle.
Somewhere down the road I got a book on making boxes and it went from there. I have been making them ever since. As I got better physically, the better my boxes got. They have evolved tremendously over the years but it still gives me great pleasure to make and create my beautiful gift boxes, even more so now that I am out of the wheelchair and walking, than when I first started making them. Whenever I give someone one of my boxes as a gift, everyone at the party is inquiring into where they can get one. They are a gift that you can put a gift into. They can be used for a multitude of reasons, from displaying them as home decor, too storing things in them on your dresser, to a keepsake. I have brides that I have made boxes for as a gift years ago, that still cherish them to this day.
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