Personally, at my core I’m a creative person. Growing up around family hobbies of woodworking, painting, and sewing, I was initially a quilter. Over the past eight years I’ve developed a passion for dyeing fibers, spinning yarn, and weaving. I currently own and operate my own small cottage business Free Range Fiber Studio. The fact that I travel six months of the year makes me the ‘free range’ part, taking my tools, materials and products with me to art shows as well as consigning items at yarn shops from Maine to Texas.
I’ve been able to dive deeply into organic vegetable gardening over the past few years. It is a welcome challenge to decide how to rotate the crops of my 500 square foot plot. I also geek out on pulling a gorgeous carrot from the ground and get immense pleasure at sharing my bounty of beets or chard with friends. Choosing and growing plants and flowers that enhance the beneficial insect communities as well as add beauty is an added bonus.
I enjoy walking, hiking, biking, and yoga. While I think my husband is a better cook, I still like to experiment with vegan, vegetarian, and ethnic dishes and continue to nurture a self-collected wild yeast for sourdough bread baking every few weeks. I’m a surprisingly good darts player, a sucker for skee-ball, and love a good board game to satisfy my competitive spirit. While 70’s and 80’s rock is what I grew up on, of late I’m happily rediscovering both bluegrass and big band music.
I feel lucky to be able to travel and take my work with me, yet am always surprised at how much this native Texan misses the smell of the sea air. It is a joy to explore new cities for their food, music, and art, and through extended stays truly get an appreciation for the culture of each place.