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Our guest this week is from Delaware, USA
Today, our special guest star is Ann Martin from All Things Paper! Yep, I have a celebrity in the room! Tom Selleck and I broke out the good china and spiffed up the place in preparation for her arrival. Tom was a bit put out at first because I make him use paper plates normally, but he got over it when I told him that I asked Gordon Ramsay and his crew from Hell’s Kitchen to cater for us.
Gordon owed me a favor from when I allowed him the use of my bologna sandwich recipe for his menu last season. Chef Ramsay is an odd sort, but let me tell you, his cooking is out of this world. Unfortunately, the nature of Hell’s Kitchen is well…hell. So it took us a bit of time to get the first course. Tom got a little antsy and went up to the counter to ask about our salads and promptly got his feelings hurt when the chef called him a donkey. And no-one can seem to get the risotto right. So while we are waiting patiently, right Tom? Let’s start the interview.
Suzy: So, Ann, tell me a little about yourself .
Ann: I’ve dabbled in a wide variety of arts and crafts ever since I was little. In what seems like my previous life, I was a med/surgery nurse, and then did wedding calligraphy while my children were young. Once I discovered quilling though, my attention turned pretty much exclusively to it.
Ann: I started blogging because I was always coming across the coolest paper-related sites. My husband would nod politely when I would say, “Wow, you HAVE to see this!”, but I wanted a more enthusiastic audience. I also liked the idea of introducing people to quilling. So many have never heard of it, and I had the feeling that others might be like me… from the first moment I came across quilling (in Martha Stewart Living magazine), I just knew it was something I had to learn to do.
Ann: Scrolls have been extremely popular in the design world lately – it’s amazing how many you see once you start to look. They inspire me, along with flowers, wrought iron, embroidery, calligraphy, and rubber stamps. Plus many quillers I’ve met online are generous about sharing their ideas and we learn from one another.
Ann: Marriage certificates are my newest favorite. Originally a Quaker tradition, they’re a wedding trend that has been getting a good bit of online attention since I showed a quilled version on my blog. A couple’s vows are written in calligraphy on a poster-sized board, and then I embellish the piece with quilling, usually a floral design. The bride and groom signs the document at their wedding, as do all of the guests, and it’s later framed and hung in their home.
Ann: I have to say the most frustrating project I’ve done is my most recent – it’s the Twitter fail-whale. Lots of on-edge pieces were pretty tedious to place just so. After I finished it, I stepped back, took a good look and realized the whale was shaped more like a shark, so started over again!
Suzy: Your fail-whale turned out great! I’d hardly call it a “fail”. Nice job! I think your crafting space tells a lot you. Mine is a jumbled pile of disarray to the average beholder, but I know where everything is and what I’m eventually going to do with it. Well, usually. Anyway, tell me about your workspace.
Suzy: Ann’s gilded paper filigree jewelry can be purchased at Hardcastle Gallery in Centreville, Delaware, or contact her at ann.b.martin at gmail.com for custom quilled marriage certificates. You can also see a collection of her work at http://www.flickr.com/photos/8387863@N02/. Also, please remember to stop by her website at All Things Paper to see not only her work, but work of other amazing paper artists.
Well Ann, let me see you off and then I have to go back in the kitchen and try to calm things down a bit. Seems that the Chef has fired everyone including his entire staff, Tom and his mustache, my hairdresser, and the entire cast of Glee. Poor thing has some anger issues. Maybe a nice loaf of my famous banana bread will help calm things down. Maybe not? Well, the only other thing I can cook is spaghettios, so it will just have to do.
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