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I'm a walking cliche.  It's true. 

  • Married my high school sweetheart
  • Worked until we started a family
  • Am a stay-at-home mom
  • My two daughters inspire me
  • Waiting to find out what I'm going to be when I grow up
  • Favorite color?  Pink!

If you're interested in a little more background, I did all the regular things growing up like piano lessons, Girl Guides (I'm Canadian), assorted sports (which I wasn't particularly good at) and learned to sew from my mom and aunt. 

Made my first quilt when I was 19.

After earning an English degree, I realized that although it was a respectable achievement, on it's own wasn't very ... useful.  So I went back to school, got a Public Relations diploma and became employable.

PR people are, however, required to communicate with the public - as in "Live at 5:00, film at 11:00".   I figured out pretty fast that I'm SO not cut out for that sort of thing.  I'm a total doofus on tv.  So I looked for something more behind the scenes.

That's how I ended up writing computer manuals, policy & procedure manuals, training manuals, annual reports, newsletters ...  That might sound like all kinds of boring, but I enjoy technical writing very much.  I like collecting potentially complicated information, analyzing it and then writing, organizing & presenting it all in a nice tidy package.

Got married.  Worked for a few more years.  Became a mom.  So happy.  So wonderful.  (So tired.)  

When my second daughter came along I decided to make myself a pretty diaper bag to replace the ratty old second-hand backpack we'd been using.  Somehow, I accidentally ended up selling handbags, wallets, pillows, Christmas stockings and lavendar sachets (all original designs of mine) at one of my all time favorite places to shop.

About a year after that I started teaching bag-making classes at a local quilt shop.

The past 10 years have been so.much.fun!  I've taught many classes, made over a hundred display quilts and other things with fabric, embroidery thread, a sewing machine, started a pattern company ... oh, and wrote an embroidery book too. :)

I'm always searching for that next pretty thing I need to make.  It's what I do.  It's who I am.