DSC_0256Hello!  Welcome to my neck of the woods!  If you are wondering who I am or what this blog is all about, you’ve come to the right place.

What is this blog about?

This blog is about sewing, crafting, cooking and gardening.

It’s a place to share projects in progress, tutorials, inspiration, recipes, gardening tidbits, and posts about creativity and finding joy in every day life.

Here is where I chronicle the growing of food and the tending of herbs and the preservation of the harvest.

It is where I make big messes in the kitchen and then share the best and the tastiest of the recipes with you.

It is a place to share sewing tutorial and craft projects and to discuss all things handmade, home-made and homegrown!

Who am I?

I am a seamstress, a creator, a dreamer, a writer, a prayer, a reader, an artist of every day life.  I like to sew and craft and cook and garden and be outside and learn how to do new things.  I am always dreaming up new ideas and could spend two lifetimes seeing them all through, which means I always have something new to talk about!  I also love to teach others how to do the things I love!  I spend half of my working life teaching a bright and wonderful class of Kindergarten/Grade 1 students, teaching music classes, and writing and directing school plays.   The other half of my time is spent creating a whole forest of sweater animals, upcycled bags, patchwork quilts, and sweater mittens, slippers, brooches and rings for my shop,  Artisan in the Woods.  I also write posts about herbs, gardening, and natural living for GNOWFGLINS.   I believe in God, creativity, simplicity, sustainable living, healthy eating, and protecting this beautiful earth that we share.   I am married to a wonderful man whom I affectionately refer to as “Hubby” and we live together in a little home with ever-expanding gardens.

Why Artisan in the Woods?

Artisan: a person skilled in an applied art, a craftsperson; a person or company that makes a high-quality, distinctive product in small quantities, usually by hand and using traditional methods (dictionary.com)  This is who I am and what I do.

In the Woods:  more than ten years ago I left behind the big city and moved to this little province which is literally, in the woods.  I do not miss the GO train, the subway, and a 2 hour daily commute to the city, although I sometimes miss the access to the big theatres and festivals.  It is more than made up for by the inspiration that comes from the rivers, forest and ocean that surrounds my current home.  We are small, but rich in natural beauty.

I’d love to get to know you!

Please come in, pull up a chair, and share your stories.  Everyone is welcome!

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