Thursday, May 31, 2007

Hello from Southern California

Hello!
I'm Laurie Silva, and I live in Southern California. I heard about this wonderful Bead Journal Project through the About.com jewelry website. I'm not amazed at the number of participants at all; I know there are thousands of us crafty, artistic types who will always find each other.

I have been creating something since I was very young, about 8 or 9....(my first project: a knitted poncho, using red worsted weight Red Heart yarn, with white yarn fringe, and I knitted it on a pair of aluminum size 11 needles). I think the fact that I can remember all those details illustrates how meaningful creating is to me. I've done knitting, crocheting, woodburning, leather stamping, fabric dolls, quilting, polymer clay, gourd work, lapidary, and beading. I can't claim to be an expert in any one technique, but I teach classes in various creative methods here in Southern California, at the City of Ontario Community Center. I do it to try and get more people involved in handcrafts. It's always great fun to see someone pleased with their creation, and very happy that they made it themselves.
-- Laurie

1 comment:

freebird said...

You sound like a typical creative person! We just have to try one more new technique and then another. I haven't done some of what you have but have done a few different ones. What a wealth of knowledge this one group brings together.

Glad to see you teach some creative stuff. In all the states I have lived in, Arizona (at least in Kingman), being the exception, adult classes for fun and ongoing learning have been a norm. I know what I am missing; this project is filling a big gap for me.

Welcome to the group.