Welcome spring! Happy Easter and April Fool’s Day as well. It is finally time to enjoy the great outdoors again; our trees are blooming white and purple, the grass is cut and I am ready for the Easter bunny!

March was quiet and peaceful, there was time for reflection, rest and creative ideas. I restored one of the two bedspreads that were sent to me from Canada early in March and will write the rest of that story very soon. So stand by for updates on the mystery package.

I had a lovely surprise a couple of weeks ago when my friend Joel Cole, who is well-known artist in this area, delivered a painting to me that features the lace design of the curtains I made for him last year. The lace panels grace antique curtain brackets in his studio next to a picturesque English garden cottage north of Asheville. The painting was hung with great celebration over the hunt board in the living room and looks just perfect in my traditional setting. Thank you, Joel!

 

Looking forward to my first demo date at the Folk Art Center later in April, I made several sets

of baby booties and matching hats, rattles and ladies’ wraps. Our annual Guild meeting, as well as a workshop for mentors and prospective members, are taking place in April. I always enjoy seeing friends from near and far and getting updates on all the Guild news. I am also looking forward to mentoring a lady from Knoxville through the application process, which has been simplified by the educational committee this last year.

I have just been invited to be one of the educational demonstrators during the Summer Fair of the Southern Highland Craft Fair at the Cellular Center in July. I usually volunteer as a greeter and ticket taker, but welcome the opportunity to demonstrate my lace making skills to thousands of visitors.

It’s time to get out of hibernation, enjoy the great outdoors (allergies and all!) and get busy again. Enjoy spring and inspire somebody today!

“I do what I love and I love what I do.”