Friday, April 06, 2012
Welcoming Back: Jennifer McCrae
We are so happy to have our 'Wild Child' back for another term! If you are new to the blog, and not familiar with Jen, then you should be! She is not only super creative, but is the funnest little writter, on our blog!
Read her bio, and get to know her!
I’m Jennifer; a semi-stay at home
mom who recently relocated to Central Texas from California (but I will always
be a California girl at heart!) I am wife to Michael (we just celebrated
our 11th wedding anniversary) and mother to Samantha (13yr old from my first
marriage), who recently dubbed me as ‘Craft-Mom’. I’ve been described as
adventurous, creative, funny, loving and sassy.
As a child, my mother taught me
the basics of sewing and crochet but my heart belong to dancing.To me, dancing was fun and exciting, while
sewing and crochet gave me a bad case of the ‘yawns’!Dance would continue to be my passion all the
way through until college.With dancing
behind me (thanks to 2 bad knees and foot surgery), I started looking around
for something creative to take its place.I started with something I knew, crocheting.I relearned the basics and then taught myself
how to read crochet patterns.I
crocheted blankets and doilies and gave them away as gifts.Crocheting went on the back burner with the
birth of my daughter and continued to stay there through a divorce, a major
relocation and right on through until I met my current husband.
While planning our wedding in
early 2000, I wanted to find a way to add my touch to the details and also
shave some digits off the cost of our
wedding and reception.Crafting was
answer!And when that crafting bug bit
me, it really sank its teeth in deep!I
made all our centerpieces (dried flower arrangements), appliquéd lace and
pearls on my shoes, made my own veil, embellished the cake and knife set with
ribbons and pearls and then went on to teach myself how to paint some basic
flowers so I could hand paint all our thank you notes (which I did!).
From 2001-2003 I taught decorative painting in the 3 local Michael's stores
on the central coast of California, as well as teaching privately and
participating in local craft shows. During this time, I also learned a
15th century paper craft called Pergamano (think vellum, needles and tiny
scissors). When we relocated out of the area in 2005 I got involved in
scrapbooking and have been happily playing in my piles of paper and goodies
In December 2011 a new ‘toy’ was
added to my craft mix (hey, why should the boys have all the fun?!?!?!); that
toy is my Pinc eCraft.Wow, what a world
has opened up for me!My eCraft has
enabled me to create whatever embellishments I need, in whatever colors, sizes
AND quantities I need too.Having the
eCraft has inspired me to push beyond my current crafting boundaries; I’m learning
how to create my own designs, new techniques and new mediums.My eCraft works as hard as I do to ensure
that my creativity is at the forefront of every project I make.
I believe that all children should
have a chance to 'craft', it gives them a creative outlet, and something to do
with their hands and it helps them see objects in a different way. It
also never ceases to amaze me how a group of individuals can all be handed the
same pieces of paper, glue and some embellishments and everyone will come up
with some different and wonderful. That's the beauty of crafting!