The Modern Quilt Guild did a post suggesting those of us who will be attending QuiltCon introduce ourselves a bit, maybe with a "five things you might not know about me" post as a way of starting introductions before we all get together in Austin. As my boys tell me, I'm more interesting on my blog than in real life, so those of you who read regularly already know all the good stuff. It was sort of hard coming up with 5 things that you might want to know, but here goes.
1. As you know, I have a black lab named Bruno. You might not know that I have lived with nine labradors over my lifetime, five black, one chocolate and three golden. Mickey, Sandy, Tar, Moose, Chester, Fudge, Max, Rusty and now Bruno. Mickey was our lab when I was a little girl. Sandy when I was a teenager. Tar was mine right after college. Moose, Chester and Fudge were part of our family when my kids were little and growing up. Max and Rusty belong(ed) to my mom and dad, but were and are a part of our family too. Bruno is our current lab and going strong!
2. I was in 4-H as a kid as were my boys. You might not know that I was a 4-H leader just like my mom, except she was a sewing/cooking leader and I was the rocketry/robotics leader. I took the role because the kids wanted to have a group and no one else would take it on. The kids and I learned together. We built, painted, designed and believe it or not launched and flew rockets. We designed and built robots that would actually do things.
3. While I love designing I have no design training except what I have given myself. I have learned what I know about art and design from visiting museums, reading books, watching HGTV, PBS and the Food Network, watching and listening to a landscape architect friend of the family, attending 4-H photography meetings with my kids, and trial and error.
4. I detest having my picture taken. I'm not photogenic. I would rather be behind the camera than in front of it. The picture above was taken by Alissa during my trip to the LA MQG. It's one of the better ones and sort of typical for a picture of me, mouth open and jeans and a t-shirt.
5. I am not a world traveler, though I would like to be. Except for Canada where my family lives, and a 30 minute drive into Mexico, I have never been out of the United States. My children have been all over the world and I can only say I am insanely jealous of that. It is a hole in my life that needs to be filled.
There you go. I'm looking forward to meeting and getting to know as many of you as I can. See you in Austin!