My passions are art: painting, crafting, sculpting and illustrating, public speaking at Toastmasters, and writing comedically. i say comedically because I haven't found my Comedy Weapon. I blame my parents.
Bob was a handsome genius with a great sense of humor, fantastic bass voice, actor of sorts who dreamt of becoming a music teacher...and then life happened and things changed.
Betty was a hottie, smart as a whip, a take-charge kind of girl who snagged onto the handsome genius on his way up...and then life happened and things changed.
A golden marriage turned bitter which ended up in such a manner, had it not been for poverty, would have rivaled the widely publicized "Johnny Depp and Amber Heard" split.
Join me as I rediscover my parents through humor.
Life got turmultous for many years. Substitute teaching jobs required lots of traveling. I remember living in tents from time to time as we traveled Route 80 from Des Moines, Iowa to San francisco and ultimately settled in Fresno CA. The tent years we spent roaming the tamed wilderness of Northern California's Federal and state park systems.
The Best Memories
I don't remember the reasons for the family living in tents in those days. Convenience, between jobs, housing or just enjoying the great ourdoors? Who knows, I just remember the fun. Blackberry bushes grew wild along the roadside, bushes virtually everywhere. Mom sent me foraging for berries to make pies and jams. I'd pick buckets of berries and stuff myself till my hands and fingers turned purple.
My favorite years were the 5's and 6's that were spent playing among the giants, the enormous California Red Wood and Giant Sequoia trees. I spent my time catching poison oak, bothering banana slugs and searching for salamanders. The stream waters were always cold, pure and clear. For a time we lived in the apartment above the Post Office in the tiny town of Miranda on highway 101, Avenue of the Giants. Miranda got its name from a former postmistress around 1905. During my stay, I'd play in the woods within eye-distance of the house at all times or Mom would tan my hide. I'd look for Lady Slippers and Lilacs and was forever covered in Calamine lotion to sooth the burning of Poison Oak.
Then, I discovered a burn-pit in back of the house/Post Office where, every day, the postmaster would bring out their dead-letters and junk mail for buring. Curiousoty overwhelmed, I sifted through the envelopes daily hoping to find some treasure. Occasionally I'd pick up a penny, nickle or a dime. That's some serious coin for a kid when a candy bar cost 10 to 15 cents! Once I hit the jackpot and found hundreds of tiny Veteran license-plate tags that fit on keyrings. My past as a 5-year-old felon. i wonder what the statute of limitations is for 5 year olds rifling though dead-mail destined for the inferno? I swear your Honor, that Postmaster waited for me to collect my little treasures. My brush with history :-)
Scissorcraftblog started out as a place to post documents and images that I like to have on hand. So much easier than digging through files and folders and piles of assorted papers yet to be filed away in the storage closet.
- Me: "Oh where did I put those originals to that over-sized-font Yahtzee triple score sheets?"
- Me: "Ah yes, thankfully on the blog!"
I also post my favorites here in case others can find them useful. I share what I learn, what I like and love which grants me some assemblance of purpose, it makes me happy.
Oversized Score Cards
If you have bad eyesight you'll find the oversize score cards for Yahtzee very useful. Wayne and I play Yahtzee every day and with these old eyes, they really come in handy. Maybe you would like them too.
- Triple Yahtzee score cards - Oversized
- Game Score Card - Oversized
Who Can Use My Stuff?
My craft patterns and activities are perfect for schools and other educational institutions. Young or old, scissor craft images are designed to educate, spark conversations, encourage questions, prompt further investigation of topics...and to entertain, always to have fun.
My love of art, illustration and learning encourages and inspires me to share with others. I never know when a new topic or idea will pop into my cranium.
Simplicity is best. I like to keep the images simple, basic, easy to understand to leave room for the artist to embellish, improve, and not simply color between the lines. Not that paint by numbers is not valuable in teaching numbers, following directions and being neat, it's just that PBN's don't encourage creativity IMHO. Grass doesn't always have to be green, sometimes it's just fine to use purple and pink.
Who Visits Scissorcrafts
Who doesn't? I am constantly amazed at the range of interests who land on this little collection of mine.
- Home Schoolers
- Religious organizations
- Senior Care
- Ad Agencies
- City Councils
- Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker ...I could go on, there's only a few million more :-)
Images generally suitable for craft patterns
- Scrollsaw wood working
- Needle-point ,embroidery
- Felt, foam sheets
- Latch-hook rugs or wall hangings
- Paper ornaments for holidays
- Paper decorations for home or office
All images suitable for:
- Long Drives
- To bring to Grandma's house
- Family Reunions
- Alone Time
- Quality Time
- Bonding Time
- As a break from E-Time
I try to cover a wide range of topics and am constantly battling the urge to draw again!
Scissorcraft membership site contains over 40,000 personally illustrated images which I'm constantly updating to improve quality. Once I begin to examine each image category - well all I can tell you is many changes, many replacements and many deletions ensue.
Most, if not all images, (hopefully) are available in grey and white format. I chose grey and white because when kids use markers on images printed with black ink, the ink bleeds into the colors. This gives some finished products sort of fuzzy looking. Grey and white should not have that effect. I also provide matching pre-colored format just for the heck of it. It's possible some folks might have a use for quick and easy snowflakes, ornaments or decorations and backgrounds in photo frames.
Scissorcraft in General
The collection of images in "Scissorcraft for Children" started out very small, originally just a place to put images I would draw for my children and grandchildren. Since then Scissorcraft has ballooned into 40 thousand images at least and in no danger of stopping.
I believe all children, regardless of age, skill level, or ability, should have access to creative outlets to gain exposure to basic principles of mathematics, history and culture.
Your's Truly at Age One (Pat)
Your's Truly's Spouse at Age One (Harold)