March is here! February was a short month and went very quickly. We experienced record warmth here in the Southeast, which invited leisurely walks around the neighborhood and long rides on the Blue Ridge Parkway and through the Biltmore Estate. Now many of our trees are blossoming and my camellia bushes are in full bloom. I have arrangements of white daffodils and pink camellias all over the house, it’s nice to bring that touch of spring indoors.

During the last 2 weeks I received my SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair) contract for this coming October; classes will be announced and posted soon. I also received my demo dates at the Folk Art Center for the rest of this year. All are posted under Events on the menu bar. I have been invited to teach a week at John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC in January 2019 as well and a weekend workshop for Fiber Forum in April 2019 at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Click on the Events tab to see my updated schedule.

February brought an unusual restoration of a lace table cloth that was originally machine made (most likely in Europe) and required the smallest of hooks (metal #14) and the use of one strand of the regular 6 stranded embroidery floss to repair the broken areas and secure the connections. The results were noticeable but blend in well to make the cloth usable again.

We are currently experimenting on how to best advertise my restoration services and market my designer Christening gowns and Bridal Collection. Doing this on Face Book is a science in itself. Very few boutiques in this country actually carry handmade lace designer pieces, so I am grateful for my sales opportunities at the Folk Art Center.

The last day of the month brought a lovely surprise in the form of a large UPS package from Canada. A lady I never met so enjoyed my website, she decided to bless me with 2 beautiful lace bedspreads she had purchased long ago at Deanna Youhanna Antiques in Los Angeles. In the process of downsizing she searched for a deserving recipient for her treasures and found this website! After seeing my work and learning about my passion for creating and restoring crochet lace, she decided, I was the One! Thanks Corrine! I feel so grateful and blessed – there is lots of goodwill and joy left in this world.

Enjoy the rest of winter wherever you are and pass on something special!

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