March 2019 Musings

Before Restoration

After Restoration

After Restoration

March is coming in like a wet lamb, teasing out my camellias and forsythias earlier than usual. We always count ourselves lucky to live in such a tempered climate with very little rough weather, like some of our friends and family up North and in the heart land.

A mostly rainy February allowed us several outings to our beloved Biltmore Estate. The new“A Gilded Age, A Vanderbilt House Party” is a celebration for the senses; it features a new audio tour guide that makes the listener part of the festivities. The re-created costumes by Cosprop of London are exquisite and an ongoing inspiration for me.

I completed two restorations in February and put several “Before” and “After” images on Facebook for the first time. The response was so impressive, I should have done this a long time ago! I love to restore vintage pieces to their original glory, but it is not the primary focus of my work – just one of the many branches of my Heirloom Treasures Kingdom.

The end of February I received my 2019 demo schedule at the Folk Art Center in Asheville. Those dates are now posted in the Event section of the tool bar on this site. You can see my event calendar for the entire upcoming year. I will need to add the teaching dates for this fall’s Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in October in Asheville, once they are confirmed. This will make planning our fiber events for the year very easy!

My next exciting event happens April 4th. through the 7th, teaching for Fiber Forum 2019 at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. There are still 2 places open for my: “Heritage Crochet Techniques in Contemporary Application” workshop. I will cover history and application of all the heritage techniques, combination possibilities, design secrets and finishing touches. This workshop is for intermediate and experienced crocheters only. For information and registration go to:

Another exciting event is my part of the “Hands over Matter” exhibition in the Focus Gallery at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Several of my bridal lace and Victorian baby items will be featured until May 7th. The show just opened and I have not seen it yet but I know that our curator, Nikki Josheff and her staff, always do a great job featuring the artists’ work and this is no exception. For a sneak peak please go to: the Folk Art Center Focus Gallery Page

I am looking forward to more sunny days and spring flowers in March. It’s time for all of us to celebrate nature’s renewal and be inspired to renew our own creative spirit!

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