When I was 8, I learned to knit, but I wasn’t very good at finishing my projects. My Mum told me that if I finished my rug hooking kit, she would buy me a ball of pink baby yarn for Christmas. Oh, how I dreamed about that yarn! And I
finished that rug hooking. Then, with my
newly-earned ball of yarn, I designed and knit doll clothes for me and my sister to play with. Sure, they were all just variations on a tube,
but it was my first taste of designing.
I was hooked on knitting and, over the years,
also learned to crochet, quilt, and do various forms of needlework.
But it wasn’t until much later that I started designing and self-publishing patterns. I have
so many ideas and see many more patterns
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t draw.
I started using the backs of used paper my
Dad would bring home from work. I would
draw and colour until each sheet was filled,
and then I would start another.
Drawing centres me and I can spend hours,
usually late into the night when I should
be sleeping, drawing the things my
I have never thought of myself as a painter.
I’m hopeless with watercolours, and have not
had particular success with other types of
So, when my Mum invited me to an encaustic painting workshop through Gilda’s Club, I knew
it would be fun but I wasn’t sure about the
I fell in love with encaustic painting! The group was led by an amazing woman who only had one rule: no one could say anything bad about their own work. We all painted and laughed and I came home with a new fascination for melted wax!
I really love learning something new and there is so much more for me to learn about encaustics -
I look forward to the journey.
What am I doing?
Oh yeah! Following my dreams.
My life is filled with family, friends, and creating.
During the day, I homeschool my amazing son.
In my down time, I’m always making something.
I have more ideas than I could ever have time for
in one lifetime.
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