Colleen Toye Mandeville, Louisiana, USA
In the eighties, making ornaments, containers and wall hangings out of a clay made from flour and salt was very popular, especially with Girl Scouts and schools. It was inexpensive, easy to form into objects and you could harden it in the kitchen oven..
In 1982, I was taking care of our four children ages, 14, 10, 4 and 6 months when Mary, a lady my daughter was babysitting for, asked if I would like to make a couple of designs out of bread dough that she was selling to French Quarter shops in New Orleans.
Wanting to stay home with my children but still wanting to contribute to the family coffers, I said yes.
I did that for about 12 years, using some of Mary's designs and making up some of my own, which she marketed and sold to the stores.
Mary moved back to Michigan and stopped marketing the dough ornaments in the early 90's.
For Mary, it was a business. For me, it was a passion! I loved that I could do it from home and be with my children and my imagination is always being used to this day.
Now, 35 years later, I am still creating the old and many new designs every day and still loving it. I took an idea that Mary had and made it into a business called Crescent City Ornaments where my Louisiana ornaments are sold in over 30 stores to people from around the world.
My imagination is the part of me that keeps me alive!