Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Aloha my fellow PALs!

I've started and stopped this post 3 times already because Im a dweeb.  So here it goes again!

My name is Nadine (Wahinelei on the forum) and I live on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.  I was born here, am part-Hawaiian but raised as an Army brat.  My family has been stationed in Germany (twice actually, Mannheim & Giessen) and California (Fort Ord).  My dad decided to retire here in Hawaii and I've been here ever since.  I was not made for the military life - just could not stand moving all the time!  I am very content to be where Im at and don't plan on leaving.

My husband passed away from cancer over two years ago. While we had time to prepare it was still too soon.  Our last year together was very sad but it made me realize just how strong and deep our love was.  I still miss him very much but I have my daily reminders of him in my children.  They each have qualities that are definitely their daddy's!  They make me smile every day.

What got you into papercrafting/stamping?
I started papercrafting because I really like paper! I love the feel of it, the different colors, the wide variety of patterns it comes in.  I like to fold it, stamp it, embellish it.  Discovering PTI and their beautiful papers was the first step in finding my creative self.  Nichole and the design team have helped me explore this side further.  I am so thankful that I found PTI!! Not only do they have quality products but they show you how to use it. And for free!  I see a trend now where people are charging a fee to download their tutorials. I just shake my head because with the internet and different online communities you can find it yourself without having to pay anything (ok, getting off my soapbox now).

Is there anybody who inspires you? If so, who?
There is not a single designer or fellow crafter that I can say I am most inspired by because I find inspiration daily from all the blogs I visit.  But I have to say the PTI team are my idols.  I aspire to be as creative and polished.

What is your favorite technique in papercrafting?
I don't have a favorite technique but I really enjoy trying new techniques.  Nothing makes me happier than when I see a tutorial, have all the supplies on hand, try it out, and actually complete it!  I have so many half completed projects laying around because Im missing some component or I run out of steam.

What do you hope to gain from joining the PALs?
New friends!  To be inspired, to be challenged, find support when I need it and be supportive to others.  Also a place I can go where others understand this crazy, obsessive addiction I have to PTI and anything PTI.  My IRL friends just don't understand why I prefer to be in my craft room than having morning tea with the other mommies.  But I know that here with my other PALs, you guys get it.  ;o)


  1. Nadine, your post almost made me cry, reading about your dear husband. I don't know how you made it through that (don't know that I could), and still have such a sweet, giving, loving way about you. I admire you tremendously!

  2. I agree with Diane 1 Billion Percent!!!! I am very sorry for your loss and I am sure you still feel it daily...... xoxoxox I am a BRAT too, except my dad retired in Enterprise Alabama ..... Home of Army Aviation :) He retired when I was born so I did not have the whole moving thing but older siblings did including Germany too. I married a nice Kraut so I feel like I am stationed in Bavaria all the time.

  3. I totally agree with Dianne and Sue Ann. I am very sorry for your loss. You must have been through a real hard time. I admire your strength. I enjoyed reading about you. I wonder what it's like to live in Hawaii.

  4. Nadine, what a strong and amazing woman you are! I would love to be stationed in Hawaii and be near you. Unfortunately, we will be going statesde and since Hawaii is considered an overseas assignment there is no chance of that :(

  5. Love you, Nadine!!! You are amazing!

  6. Nadine, thank you for sharing yourself with us. Like Diane, your post brought tears to my eyes. I'm so sorry for your loss. You are obviously a strong and amazing person. I love your designs and look forward to seeing more of them.


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