I’m pretty awesome. At least, that’s what my kids tell me — and I choose to believe them.
I’m 34, I’ve been married to Mike for 14 years, I have two boys, 13 &10. Yep. Those are the basics.
I’m also very involved in my community band scene. I play the clarinet decently well, and belong to the Lethbridge Community Band Society. Check us out at www.lcbs.ca. I sit on the board of the LCBS as the Membership chair and play in both the Silver & Gold concert bands. It’s been a huge influence for me, and I found out that all my volunteer time gave me a lot of life skills that I implemented when I was managing my mother’s quilt shop. Not to mention the life-long friends I’ve made, and the incredible cultural exposure my boys get to music!
My personality? Well, according to the Myers-Briggs test, I’m a pretty consistent ENFP.
What don’t I do?! Ha... Never mind me — I think I’m hilarious.
I design quilt patterns. But I also want to design fabric (I use my “fabric” designs as my backgrounds, logos, banners, etc), accessory patterns, sell finished accessories, and —
Oh yeah! I keep forgetting — I make wooden buttons. They’re pretty cool. I was crocheting under my business name “Hooked”, and people kept wanting “big purple buttons” (for example). It is crazy hard to find coloured big buttons, and when I could, it was $8 for one! What?! I didn‘t want to increase the price of my hats by $10! So I got desperate and ended up painting a wooden one that I found. Huh. That actually looks pretty cool. Then everyone wanted one, so then the “Hooked” wooden buttons began. I haven’t had much time the last couple years to make many, but now that I can focus on my business, I’ll start doing that again. Right now you can buy these handmade wooden buttons at our local quilt shop, “Fabric Fusion” (Lethbridge, Alberta), which is the store that my mom’s store turned into when she sold it. As soon as I get everything together, I will start posting them on my Facebook page, Etsy shop, and here on my web site.
I do my best to connect my shops, social media and my web site, but if you can’t seem to find the links, search for Miss Winnie Designs on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Craftsy, & Etsy.
I'm LC. Come on! You haven't heard of me? Oh well. I started working for a quilt store about 10 years ago. It was my job through high school and university and eventually fostered a huge love and talent for fabric and quilting. Last year, I graduated with a B.A. in English and Miss Winnie Designs is a great way for me to combine writing and sewing. Hanna is my older sister and my mom is also a quilt designer, so I guess that makes this the family business.
I've been writing, editing, and testing Hanna's patterns almost since the beginning, but as of 2018, I started working part-time hours at my desk job, so that I could focus on creative projects, like the ones I do for Miss Winnie, so you might see some patterns designed by me soon.
A lot of people can say they're more of a left brain or right brain person, but I'm right about in the middle. I love structure and reason, but also love undermining them. I love holding onto what works, tossing what doesn't, and perpetually looking for something new to fall in love with.
I love learning and love (LOVE) reading. I'll read anything, from encyclopedias to Milton to Kafka (in the original German when I'm feeling patient), to graphic novels (I'm really liking Vaughn and DeConnick right now). I'm also a very spiritual person and I love nature and animals. I'm not allowed to have a cat or dog right now (I have roommates) but I have a pet snake named Luci. She's a 4-foot long red corn snake and she's a total sweetheart.