I live on a 5 acre farm in Asheville, NC with my husband, two dogs, a cat, six chickens and someday a goat. We plan to grow hops for the local beer scene and we’re excited to get our farm stand going. We’re still renovating the 1930s farmhouse, but we hope to have our home finished by summer.
I was born in Shreveport, Louisiana but I lost my accent at age 8.
Growing up I had an aquatic grow-a-frog. It lived to be 13.
I was a public radio reporter for 7 years.
I live on a 5 acre farm.
What got you started crafting?
I've always needed a creative outlet outside of my work in public radio. It's can be a really intense job, so it was wonderful to come home and work on something slowly, without a deadline. Using a different part of my brain was be so relaxing.
I left the radio world in 2010. Now I'm a farmer, crafter, and floral designer. I couldn't be happier surrounding myself with beautiful things.
What is your source of inspiration?
My two beloved grandmothers, Bertha and Rose, inspire me to carry on their tradition of creating handmade goods. I grew up surrounded by quilts and afghans and sweaters of every color. Everything they made was special and I infuse my pillows, earrings and sachets with the same love and care.
I'm lucky enough to use my grandmother's sewing machine, a Singer Featherweight! It's from the 1940s and it works like a dream. It's great inspiration whenever I sit down to sew.
What have you made recently?
I'm working on a custom pillow set for an Etsy buyer. It's made out of the cutest whale fabric! I'm making two pillow covers so she can have an extra when her son gets it dirty.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell pillows, earrings, and lavender sachets at two stores in Asheville, NC: Shades of Green and The Dry Goods Shop. I also do craft shows most weekends in December.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Why anything else? Every handmade item is special. It's a true labor of love that I'm so happy to share with my customers.