Date Joined: January 26, 2012
Last Online: June 8, 2021
Birthday: July 15
Country: United States
Hi, my name is Monica and I am a closet artist. For practical reasons, I am a retired public school teacher with 25 years of service. As life has gotten more complex, my projects have greatly decreased in size.
I am happily married and have one son in college. We usually have at least one dog. Currently, Rupert, chocolate lab, 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 29 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 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 have invested a lot of time over many years sewing vintage, couture, period costumes and custom garments.
Currently, I am focusing on watercolor and hoping to produce anything worthy to share. I also sew marine canvas and and operate a small shop.
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.
Before Covid-19, we traveled to Kyrgyzstan for a wedding and explored Portugal, Azores, and Istanbul. We also spent over a month in Queensland Australia.
Currently, we are planning to travel to Costa Rica or Belize when things settle down. We would like to have a boat in the Caribbean.
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