Date Joined: January 26, 2012
Last Online: May 13, 2013
Birthday: July 15
Country: United States
Hi, my name is Monica and I am a closet artist. For practical reasons, I am a public school teacher. I have been teaching for over 20 years. As life has gotten more complex, my projects have greatly decreased in size.
I am happily married and have one pre-teen son. We usually have at least one dog. Currently, Iris, a German short-hair, is in residence. We enjoy camping, river and ocean fishing, crabbing, boating, walks on the beach, exploring new places, meeting new people, and time outside.
We have lived in Alaska for over 20 years and still enjoy looking out over the Kachemak Bay every morning. Often there are boats moving about, beautiful sunrises and amazing sunsets, and bald eagles looking for a snack.
Wow!! I enjoy basketry, quilting, applique, knitting, crochet and watercolor. I love looking to see what other artists are creating.
I have invested a lot of time over many years sewing vintage, couture, period costumes and custom garments.
Currently, I knit dish clothes, crochet very small items for other projects, watercolor ATC to 4"x6" sized pieces, make miniature books, and look for other small paper projects.
I am working on a much smaller scale now and create small watercolors from ATC sized to 4"x6". I re-purpose often and love to use old items, antiques, vintage buttons, charms, stamps, postcards, handkerchiefs, fabric, lace, trim and other small treasures.
I have been sewing and quilting for a long time and own 8 sewing machines and 1 serger. I have loads of fabric but never seem to have enough. I prefer non-solid, non-directional fabrics. I love decorative threads for free-motion sewing and quilting.
I just discovered that I really like postage stamps. In a trade, my partner sent a little package of stamps and I am just fascinated thinking about all the possibilities.
I am currently making mini books and paper projects.
Anything Jane Austen. I cannot imagine living then without all the amenities and the rigorous social rules and limitations. But I love the relationships between all the characters and how they survive their place in society.
I usually read books by author or genre. I also enjoy Hilary Mantel, George Eliot, any classic English writer and chick lit. I read a lot about traveling to different places and food.
Currently, planning a trip on the Trans-Siberian railroad.
So we went to New Zealand in the winter for our summer break this year instead. The temperature was still warmer in the winter in the southern hemisphere than in the summer in Alaska.
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