What are your hobbies?
I love to read when I have the time, and as I grew up on a cattle ranch I love riding horses, working time and spending time outside or inside by a cosy fire with my family
What are your favorite crafts and what's your craft space like?
I love to sew; that's my first craft love. I love to make beautiful things that are useful and I love to take not beautiful things and turn them into something fashionable and functional. I love to can because it is like cooking better, but in advance. I can take tomatoes and in a few hours of sweaty work, make delicious, healthy tomato sauce that I can use for months as a nearly instant pasta sauce. I love crochet because it is so relaxing and meditative; I have taught several rowdy students who simply couldn't sit still how to crochet because you can keep your hands busy and still listen to a literature lesson.
What do you craft along to?
I craft in the quiet best. My kids are both under 5 and I teach junior high English, so silence is golden to me. To me, music is for dancing :)
What was the first project you ever made?
I made no sew doll clothes on the floor of my mom's sewing area while she sewed at her machine when I was a really little girl. My first quilt was a triple Irish chain that I made for my senior project and my mentor was the owner of a local quilt shop where I remember shopping as a child. It was gorgeous, in moody blues, and was displayed at Senior Project Night atop my best friend's hand made bed (we later married brothers!).
What are your favorite items to make?
I love sewing clothes, quilts, good simple food that make cooking faster and better (hence all my canning projects), I love figuring out how to make old things useful, as in my Tips for Purchasing a Vintage Typewriter post and in my DIY Mason Jar Shaker post. I love the fiber arts because yarn is a gorgeous medium and so soothing to work with, and I love making clothes for my children.
Which other craft blogs do you love to read?
I love the sewing blog http://www.palindromedrygoods.com and http://www.candiceayala.com and www.trishstitched.com All are excellent and they are sewing specific. I love foodinjars.com because her blog is so good for the time and space pressed, like me. Her recipes never fail also.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I'm so honored to be featured here!