About Me

I'm a 40 something former redhead from Michigan enjoying life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  I  love needle crafts, hiking, kayaking, and I've polished up my cooking skills so I can make a descent meal.

Mom and Aunt Gwen

I grew up learning to craft with my mom and later my aunt. Knitting, cross stitch, some basic needlepoint, and hooked rugs that we could find at the local big box craft store. This kept us going until we found the EGA where we started trying anything we found that was done with needle and thread, there were always opportunities to learn even more. I went to my first seminar in 2000 at Disney which was amazing, after that classes and road trips to find new stores became the thing to do when we all got together.  I lost my mom in 2009 and my aunt in 2014 leaving me with all their stash and the last with the love of needlecrafts.

My husband and I enjoying a cool autumn day on the coast. Not sure what makes me cringe more, the really bad hat, the corduroy pants or the sexy shoes I paired with it all.  At least my hair wasn't awful for maybe the 3rd time in my life.  One day several years ago we got the idea to actually hike the trails around here. Many are steep and involve much grumbling from me as my body continues to heal from years of me treating it poorly but the photos are lovely so they are shared here as well. 

And the dogs. Our current crew of dachshunds, Maggie and Riley.  Both are 12 this year and if they could talk, Maggie would lie and claim she is older. They try to boss us around and all around act like they own the house and merely allow us to stay there because we provide food.  More recently they've had their days of burrowing under blankets disturbed by my late mom's dog Missy moving in...

Missy is a 16-year-old Shih Tzu with enough sass for several dogs. Partially blind, partially deaf but her nose works fine, its never a dull moment when she isn't working on her 20 hours of beauty sleep.  She was bred to be a show dog and had a beautiful coat when it was grown out, she still might. Now she's just a bit of a mess with her ears sticking up every which way when awoken from a nap, much like I'd imagine a Muppet looking if left in storage too long.


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