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.

Who am I?

I am a sewer, a creator, a dreamer, a writer, a prayer, a reader, an artist of every day life.  I like to 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 – cook, garden, sew, craft, and whatever else I might be reading about or learning at any given time.   I spend half of my working life teaching a bright and wonderful class of Grade 5/6 Students, and the other half of my time is spent creating a whole forest of sweater animals, upcycled bags, patchwork quilts and rainbow rolls for my shop,  Artisan in the Woods.   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:  almost 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 arts, the plays 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.

What is this blog about?

This blog is about sewing and cooking and gardening.  It’s a place to share projects in progress, tutorials, inspiration, recipes, gardening tidbits, and posts about creativity and finding art in every day living. 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 discuss books, explore the great outdoors and learn how to make things.

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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