“I believe that every person is born with talent.”- Maya Angelou

I hope people believe in this incredible poet’s words because I sure think it’s true. Though it may take months or years to discover one’s talent, every person has something that they are good at, even if it is the simplest thing. The joy of it all, is discovering someone else’s talent and shouldering your talent on theirs. The learning never stops, and the concept of “copying” isn’t always necessarily a negative thing.

A great friend and talented calligrapher, Wendy Fung, brought up the idea of hosting an arts & crafts day every month. I offered to host it at my apartment and rather than it being 2 hours as originally planned, we ended up working on projects for almost 5 hours nonstop. Turns out there are a lot of tools beyond color pencils and crayons that we may all know! 🙂 While we experimented with some of her calligraphy pens, we also worked with stamp, heat embossing, and collage work. Joy, whose beautifully crafted cards can be found at www.smithereenes.etsy.comalso showed us some of her talent with card-making.  I like to think of our day as a therapy session – it was far more relaxing than being a couch potato and I learned heaps from these friends.

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Wendy made a few bookmarks using markers and embossing. Below is a glimpse of her calligraphy work!

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Since Chinese New Year was only 2 weeks after our event, we also worked on some red envelopes for the Year of the Horse. These were a couple of designs we made with the gold embossing.

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These ladies have talent indeed.  Looking forward to the next arts and crafts get together!

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