The first post is always hard to write. It seems so momentous, like it should be some grand introduction to this Huge Adventure Ahead. But that's too hard, so I spend more time puttering around with the template, because it really is easier to change the link color than write that huge first post about what this blog is all about.
Ok, here we are. You've figured out from the title that this is about papercrafting. And that I'm probably some kind of science geek. So now I can go back to fiddling around with the widgets in the footer, right? No? Ok, then, I guess I'll keep going.
If I were writing about myself in the third person like they do on book jackets, I can't claim that I've "always been an artist" or even that I did a lot of crafts growing up. Sure, I took the required art class in elementary school, and made those plasticky woven keychains at summer camp.
But mostly, I was a nerd. I focused on academics. I did science fair projects and plotted my acceptance into the engineering school of my dreams. I pretty much accepted that I wasn't an artist, and that I didn't have any creative talent, because I figured a person could only really be good at one thing. So I got my biology and chemistry degrees, became a software consultant, and eventually got my dream job at a large software company in the Seattle area.
Something was missing, though. My husband insisted that I needed a hobby other than work (and other than bugging him to go out and do stuff all the time, presumably). I had no idea what that was supposed to be, other than spending even more time at work. I got a motorcycle, rode for a couple of years, and sold it. Nope, that wasn't it.
On a weekend trip to Ashland, OR I happened to wander into a bead shop. And THAT was the beginning of my crafty life.