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Hi, I'm Gia Lau. I'm glad you are here. Here's a little background about me.
"The Painted Crane" is a play on a line from Shakespeare "to paint the Lily" as in to decorate or embellish that which is already naturally beautiful, replacing "Lily" with "Crane" because of my special personal connection to places where the crane is a powerful symbol. South Central Nebraska is a stop for the Sand Hill Crane flying home to the north after spending the winter south in an ancient migration pattern. It is spectacular to see thousands of birds "dancing" for a mate and gathering to refuel in the Platte river valley as they have been doing for thousands of years. As a scrapbooker, remembering traditions, honoring our kinship and family bonds, and following the changing seasons as we pass through this lifetime is meaningful. Not only an allusion to the heartland of America where we are originally from ( I was born in Oklahoma and my husband in Nebraska), cranes are also important in the Asian cultural milieu here on Oahu, Hawaii where we now reside, which means "the gathering place." (For good luck origami cranes are folded!) My husband is a professional photographer, and I enjoy not only scrapbooking and memory crafts, but also mixed media, collage, altered art and assemblage. I have been scrapbooking our family for 22 years, and blogging since 2010.
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