Welcome to my blog! I started almost three years ago, but never created an “about me” page. I guess it’s because I feel I talk enough about myself in my blog – but every time I sign in, WordPress “yells” at me about it. So, this is about me 🙂
I have always enjoyed the process of creation. My husband and I lived for many years on his salary alone – raising our three kids out in the country (although it is not in the middle of nowhere, as my parents used to say). I got used to stretching a dollar and enjoy making things from cast-offs. I’ve probably made my kids a dozen blankets with their old tee-shirts and pajamas. I just can’t seem to let go of things that have sentimental value 🙂
That is what started me on the path I am now. My thriftiness and value for the sentimental lead me to create my first piece for a much beloved neighbor. Since I often visit her in her home and she rarely comes to mine, I had my son Tommy take a photo of her property from ours and, using fabric scraps, created a quilting of her barn as a gift. I gave it to her just before Christmas, on what turned out to be her anniversary.
It ended up being particularly sentimental because the barn was her husband’s favorite part of their property and he was very ill at the time. She loved it, and asked me to make one for a friend of her’s who had to downsize and move out of our area. For me, it was like a light-bulb went off — I could re-create childhood homes for people who have had to move on. Sentimentality and thriftiness (finally a use for all those scraps I have saved over the years!)
Initially my focus was architectural pieces. I’ve lost track of how many homes I have recreated (I can’t even use my photo gallery to count them up because I didn’t always record my work!). Each home was different and provided a variety of challenges for me.
Last year, inspired by a photo my sister took, I created my first art quilt. A few months after that, I tried my hand at portraits and suddenly a whole new world of possibilities opened up for me. Although my style has changed as I have learned my process and challenged myself, the emotions behind the work remain the same. If I can earn a small living by being creative, and if this allows me to stay home and take care of my family, then I am happy.
Thanks for reading my “about me” page. I’m sure “WordPress” will be happy. 🙂