Monday, October 18, 2010

My Quilling Journey ...

Apologies for going MIA ... I was in Australia last week and just returned Saturday night.  The week before when I was scrambling to get myself organized for the trip ... btw, I found out 10 days before ... everyone was saying how lucky I was ... I wasn't sure since this was not a vacation and all I was feeling was the stress of sorting everything out.  However, I did enjoy meeting and connecting with my team, so the 23 hours of being on an airplane was worth it ... besides it gave me the opportunity to catch up on movies :)  Unfortunately, I did not have any time or energy to do any sightseeing.  However, I did see 2 kangaroos!!  I know I'm such a tourist ... it was really cool they were just outside our office building.  The building is on a university campus; it's very green ... apparently lots of kangaroos (except for the lunch time we went out looking for them) and other wildlife ... but no koala bears around :(  The week went by pretty quick even though I was working ... before I knew it, it was time to leave.  Sorry, my journey to Australia was not a very facinating one ... perhaps you'll enjoy my journey with quilling.

Many years ago ... can't even remember when ... that's how long it's been.  Anyway, hubbie and I were at Chapters, and I picked up a book on Quilling.  When I showed the book to hubbie, he asked "You want to start QUILTING!?"  No silly ... QUILLING!

Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs.  Once hubbie realized it had to do with paper, he understood why I was interested ;)

At first I didn't get any of the quilling tools or materials, I wanted to try things out to see if I like it before investing in the tools.  So, initially, I would cut strips of paper from sheets and fringe the strips using scissors.  It's not difficult, but your eyes do get tired from staring at that strip of paper.  Eventually, I did get the tools and many strips of precut paper.  I got hooked on doing a whole bunch of these mini flower pots and tried my hand on decorating an Origami box I made.

Quilling can be time consuming ... but I don't do anything too complicated.  I like to add them on cards, scrapbooks ... gives a nice touch ... don't you think?


Can you tell I like putting roses on my cards!? 


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