This blog is all about crafts, and all kinds of adventures along the way.  Some of it will be about my constant search for new and interesting shops, or my experience with a wonderful teacher. It’s great to take classes, and it’s also wonderful to carry out meditative, sometimes repetitive activities at home in solitude.  I do it all, and to me it is one of the most rewarding features of life.  I’d like to share some of my patterns, my lessons, and my passion with you.

A little more about me:  I’m currently working as a massage therapist which is another outgrowth of my work with my hands.  One of the things I love about massage is how well it integrates with the other parts of my life.  Working for myself allows me to schedule classes during the daytime, evenings or weekends that I enjoy taking to learn new aspects of my crafts.  I also participate in a variety of fine craft adventures including Women’s Journey’s in Fiber which shows every year at the Chicago Botanical Garden.  Guilds are also a great source of inspiration, and I belong to several of these including the International Old Lacers (soon to receive a new younger sounding name), and North Suburban Needlearts Guild.

As a child, my fondest memories were of some projects I carried out with my mother and two grandmothers.  I carried out leather tooling, spool knitting, shell pictures, embroidery, knitting, painting, copper enameling, copper tooling, and sewing.  This was just to name a few.  My most unusual project was a mink pocket for my hamster.  I called my grandmother Grandma MinkVay, as she often wore mink coats.  My hamster was needing a snuggly place so grandma suggested I sew a mink pocket for him, which I made from scraps after she had a coat redesigned.  That way Buttons was happy, and I was glad that I could carry him around.  Now, while I would feel uncomfortable about wearing a mink coat, those were different days, and I only remember my grandmother with a special fondness about that mink pocket.

It still excites me to know how things are made, and the hands on process is extremely rewarding.  Some projects take a bit of trial and error, but it’s really great when you end up with something tangible.  Come share my adventures…