I have always been a crafter. I learned to crochet at 11 and never looked back. Over the last 40+ years I have taught myself to knit, do bead work, plastic canvas, paint..you name it, I have probably tried it. At the height of the bead craze I owned my own bead shop and taught beading lessons. There is just so much satisfaction in creating something by hand and the joy you get when you see how thrilled people are to receive your handmade gifts.