I live with my husband, Rick, in Kalispell, after moving from NE Illinois two years ago. Previously, I was as a school counselor for many years, and an adjunct professor for Concordia University. During this time, I added to my collection of unique materials and reentered the arts and craft world a few years ago.
I’ve been involved in the arts since a young age including music and still play the flute in the Flathead Valley Community Band. I grew up in Iowa with a farm family of excellent cooks, seamstresses and needle workers. My mother was a home economics teacher and made clothes for my sister and me. Many years ago, as a teacher, I often made dresses with storybook themes on the skirts which the second graders loved.
Another major artistic influence was my grandmother. There was rarely a time that Grandma Velma wasn’t knitting, crocheting, quilting or working on needlepoint and she was happy to have an eager young student.
My husband has always been my right-hand man for craft shows and made a suggestion that I needed something for pets. Thus, the creation of dog scarves. These are from regular fun fabric and team fabric. These will eventually show up on my future website.
Using vintage clothing, fabric and jewelry has become a passion. Jewelry parts come from antique shops and some beads are actually from my grandmother’s old “needs repair” bag. I’m always in search of rock and stone shops when on vacation to find unusual pieces for necklace and earring sets. Skirts and scarves made of up-cycled saris and men’s ties are unique and come in a wide variety of color combinations and styles. I also use up-cycled jeans from infant to adult sizes. The girl’s foo foo skirts have jean tops and fabric on the bottom. Most are worn with leggings. The adult skirts have this design as well as some with men’s ties on the bottom. Yes, I may be a bit eclectic, but there is always something new that I want to try, so I guess I will just keep creating and having fun!