My earliest memories of doing arts and crafts is helping my mom and sister sew flowers and pearls on the train of my sisters wedding dress. I was about 8 years old at the time. That was also about the time my mom taught me how to use a sewing machine. She started me out on some cardboard inserts that came in a package of pantyhose. She drew straight lines, curved lines, spirals and rectangles so I could learn to follow the guide on the sewing machine.
My next craft was my Aunt Mary teach me how to embrodiery. I made a dresser scarf that had the heads of Laborador Retrievers on the ends. I was so proud and gave it to my grandma and grandpa for their 50th wedding anniversary. Of course my grandma acted like it was the most wonderful thing ever and she kept it until she died. I think it was actually given back to me and is probably in a dresser drawer in my guest room. I, not being my grandmother, think the thing is hideous and don't want a soul to see it!
My mother then taught me how to crochet and I would make baby aghans and hats. I even sold some of the hats and pot holders when I was in grade school to make Christmas money. Soon I moved on to Cross Stitch, which I taught myself to do. I also taught myself to knit but found I didn't care for it much, it was too easy to make a mistake.
I have dabbled in a little of everything from the things I have talked about to woodworking, cake decorating, ceramics, quilting, beadwork and decorative painting before I got into papercrafting. Just to show you guys I haven't always been a papercrafter and that I did things before getting my Cricut I thought I would post a picture of an ornament I painted about 10 years ago.
This is a light bulb that hand burned out. I had found a book at Hobby Lobby that had instructions for several designs. I made Santa Claus's, penguins, bird houses and snowmen. I might have done some others too but have slept since then and don't remember.
I made some for my friends for Christmas one year and they loved them. I think I might make some for prizes for my Christmas party next year. That is, if I can stop papercrafting long enough to pick up the paint brush again!