I loved to make things out of cut paper and glue. I had a huge supply of construction paper and paste. I liked paper dolls and I would draw fancy ladies and make little clothes for them from the colored paper. It was my way of being a fashion designer. I used a bunch of different materials in my creations. The basis was always construction paper, but I would add stuff I found around the house or yard. Some things I collected from magazines or ads. I also used bits of ribbon, fabric, pillow or quilt stuffing. I would also incorporate leaves, flowers, feathers and shells, anything I could lay my hands on.
Sometimes, I made cards or 3 dimensional pictures and gave them to Nana for Valentine's Gifts. I also gave them to my folks and my brothers and sister. But Nana especially loved them. Such a Valentine always garnered a prominent spot on the front of Nana's hutch. She would always show them off to anyone who came into the house.
My cousin Lorna routinely presented Nana with a fancy, garish and expensive store bought card. Her gift was always welcomed and placed on the front of the hutch, as well as any from the other grandchildren. But they weren't fawned over by Nana. Mine was.
As a child I was shy and quiet. I didn't get much attention. But Nana noticed I had an eye for certain things and she showed off for me.