We are four Texas girls with various and sundry neuroses. We each bring to the table a different type of creativity. Lucky for you we are sharing it! Because we know you are curious, here is a little bit about each of us.
Man I love fabric. Love it. Fabric stores smell so good. I wouldn’t say I ever loved sewing, but eventually when I found that sewing involved lots and lots of fabric, I jumped on it. I had fabric – closets full! And finally, an outlet for it.
I got into quilting a few years ago. I wouldn’t say I’m very good at it. It took me forever to realize that when they say iron a seam, they say that for a reason. Like if you don’t iron, you have to lean sideways to follow my pattern. Again, it requires yards and yards of fabric. Then, when you run out of fabric, you have to go get more. Finally I had found a dealer for my habit.
I do want to clarify that I am not, repeat NOT, inclined in any kind of culinary fashion. I’ll leave that to the other authors of this blog, who have never watched the oven/stove/countertop catch fire – repeatedly. So if I do post a recipe, please understand that if I say simple and easy…it is simple and easy on a kindergarten level. You can do it.
I am married and have two munchkins running around calling me Mommy. I have a full-time job and over-commit to anyone who asks. I have a household to run and I drink lots of coffee. I’m just like you.
I’ve been cooking since I was a child. Over the years, thankfully, I’ve refined it. I’ve discovered that homemade tastes much better plus I know what went into my food or more importantly what DID NOT go into my food. For the most part, I try to use food from my garden rather than the store. I believe in whole foods and try to keep the processed foods to a minimum. I am, by no means, a master cook or even a chef. I’m your average woman, who loves creating wonderful meals. Luckily I have a wonderful man at home who’s not afraid to eat what I create.
For me, cooking is a pleasure. I love taking raw ingredients and making a beautiful and healthy meal. I want to share my recipes with you as a healthier alternative to what is out there. I hope you get as much pleasure from my recipes as I did creating them.
While I haven’t been crocheting and sewing as long as I have been cooking, I hope you’ll take a look at some of my posts about clothing and other items I have made. I put a little bit of myself into every creation.
Cannot tell you anything without blowing her cover as an international woman of mystery.
I am a native Texan, daughter, sister, wife, and mother. I have 2 boys that are 2 and 3 years old. (1 year and 3 weeks apart. No One Plans That!) If I am not working on a craft project in some way, I am not happy. My husband is very understanding!
I was introduced to sewing, cooking and crochet by my Grandmother when I was very young. I loved to cook so much that when in college I participated in a 6 month culinary internship at the Hyatt Regency. I wanted to be a chef. After my internship I decided that I would never cook for the public again. It went that well. I learned a lot those 2 summers, but I also learned that isn’t the place for me. Now I needed to find something else.
My Grandfather bought me a super simple Singer sewing machine and I began making all sorts of things. I made pajama pants, dresses for my niece and other simple items. Something happened to my machine that I couldn’t fix and it went to that dark place in the closet where craft projects go to die. Now I needed to find something else.
After enjoying sewing so much thought it would be fun to learn to crochet and knit. I made tons of stuff and bought even more yarn. I love yarn! I love the way it feels, smells, and how it moves through your fingers. I made outfits, hats and scarves for my nieces and nephews. I made a purse for me that I wore and used proudly. Then I had 2 kids that chase the balls of yarn like kittens on speed. Now I needed to find something else.
A good friend of mine suggested that I try quilting. I thought about my sad little sewing machine and the good times we had and discovered I could get a new machine for the price it would cost to fix mine. I scoured the internet to find a different machine. I found one! She and I took a lunch break and went to the fabric store. I got a pattern for a simple strip quilt, fabric, a rotary cutter and mat pack, batting and some thread. I was set. I sat down with my new machine and all of my supplies and went to town. Within a week I was finished with my first quilt and had started my 2nd. I was hooked! I love fabric as much as I love yarn! I tell my sons that I am putting a puzzle together and I make my own pieces. They seem to understand.
It seems that I work on a project of some sort every night. I am looking forward to sharing my projects and lessons with you.