Up until the age of four...
I wasn't able to speak in complete sentences. As a concerned parent, my mom took me to see various doctors, only to be told that there was nothing to be done. Not only was I labeled "mentally challenged" but it was suggested that I be placed in a special ed class. As hurtful as it was to hear those words, my mom refused to believe any of it.
Luckily, my teacher believed in me so much that she told my mom that the they can work together and bring out my academic and artistic strengths.
A new Girl Scouts troop was forming in the community and immediately, my mom signed me up for it. I had no clue what being a Brownie was; all I knew was that the first meeting was two Saturdays away! In order to earn badges, I had to complete craft projects and activities where I demonstrated entrepreneurial skills in some type of form. What I remembered the most about doing craft projects was the happy feelings afterward.
Whenever I made things for my parents and took them home, seeing the huge smiles and gleaming eyes was priceless. They would place crafts where people could see them and whenever someone gave a compliment, they were more than delighted to tell people that, "my baby girl made this."
Crafty Hands Club was formed out of my memorable and joyful experience during my creative days as a curious and inventive child with a loving mother. My mission is to share that same joyful experience with others while inspiring them to make with their own two hands.
Make It! Wear It!