My eldest daughter introduced me to paper quilling when she asked for my help with a project. We didn’t have any tools or materials so we had to improvise.. cut the paper manually, made our own tool using the wood part of a cotton ear bud.. followed the design in YouTube. We chose to do a butterfly. For a first attempt and with limited resources I think we did pretty well.
We really enjoyed it a lot that I ordered materials and tools online. So we got the pre-cut paper strips of various colors, the quilling needle and other tools, and started a project together with my 2 girls. The idea is we do random quilling and stick it to a paper until we fill it up. We will do 1 piece or more a day and stick it randomly and just see how it will turn out. Then maybe we can frame it and display it . More importantly, this will be a joint effort with my girls. Quilling is simple, but put together, something beautiful comes out.
Doing projects together are what really are retained in our kids minds. It’s that special time you spend together laughing, figuring things out. And with today’s technology these can all be documented and someday look back and reminisce.
In relation to this, about 7 years ago, I created individual email accounts for my kids and in there I email all beautiful memories I have with them. Pictures, letters, events, so that one day when they are older, I plan to give them the login and password and surprise them . Maybe on their 18th birthday or when they get married, I haven’t decided yet. ( oh wait.. I wonder if my daughter is following my blog…. this kinda is a spoiler …)
So parents out there.. let’s create memories with our kids!