crochet restoration before

Crochet Restoration Before.

Crochet Restoration After

Crochet Restoration After

Welcome to another CoVid-19 self-quarantine report!

May ended on a high note for me, since I was finally able to get my customary short summer haircut and now I feel human again. This feeling was reinforced by a necessary visit to the dentist, although everybody there looked like aliens from another planet. I was so grateful to get a sense of normalcy, even if it involved the dentist.

Besides those two exciting events we continued with our favorite outings close to home, threw a frisbee and flew a kite. Sometimes we pick up Chinese food in plastic containers with tight lids, it seems to stay hotter on the way home than many of the Styrofoam meals from other restaurants.

Daily walks to the mailbox keep us in touch with our wonderful neighbors and we actually celebrated a couple of special occasions with socially distanced back yard parties.

The corona virus seems to have a strong hold on this country and we need to continue to take good care of ourselves and practice common sense when we go out. We are blessed to be able to work from home, although I really miss my demo times and our special events at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our actual location is set to re-open on June 3rd. but no demonstrators will be there for a while. It would be difficult to interact with our visitors wearing masks and through Plexiglas.

Last month I was very excited to restore three vintage crochet tablecloths from an estate in northern California. I also finished an Irish crochet wedding topper for my new Heirloom Treasures Boutique site. We are in the process of building a luxury Boutique website for some of my high-end pieces. It will feature Heirloom Treasures Bridal and Ladies fashions, as well as Heirloom baby designs and Christening gowns. Most of these items are heritage lace in contemporary application, made from fine natural threads or mercerized cotton. Stand by for updates on our Grand Opening next month. We have played with this idea for a while and finally have the time to get it done. It is a super exciting project and I can’t wait to share it.

We are looking forward to more places opening up during June and we continue to practice social distancing and wearing masks. We miss friends and family and hope to be able to go beyond Facetime meetings pretty soon and enjoy some summer fun together. Boat rides and Cook outs are waiting!

This month I will continue to work on putting images and information on the new Boutique site. Another tablecloth restoration is coming in as well; it always gives me pleasure to see the original work take shape again and send those items back home in original condition to be enjoyed for many more years to come.

I also need to put the finishing touches on a long, silk blend scarf in beautiful stained glass colors. This was a relaxing project I whipped up while waiting for the tablecloths from CA. The technique is simple, I am going to let the material and colors speak for itself. It will most likely debut in the Boutique.

We are so grateful to live our creative lives despite the challenges around us. I hope that all of you are safe and healthy and enjoy more freedom now but with continued responsible social distancing. If you still find yourself with time on your hands, put them to work to create an heirloom for your family or something pretty for yourself to show off once it’s time to go out or to work again.

Have a beautiful start to your summer, please take care of yourselves and stay well!

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