I grew up in Canada, in a large family with many brothers and sisters. We took pride in being resourceful, and grew our own vegetables, and did everything ourselves where possible. I used to love watching my dad tinker in the garage, with his carefully collected bits and pieces organised. He rarely threw something away. When my mother showed me how to sew on a sewing machine I made a toy orca, half white, half black, with triangular cutout fins sewn on the sides. I have always loved the world of the imagination, and making things. I love the idea of the toymaker in his shop, making magical creations. A lot of time was invested in me which allowed me to grow, use tools, create - and I enjoy at this stage giving a little of this back to others.
I live in Stillwater with my husband and two children, now 13 and 11. I still love making things, stories, drawing, and nature. I care deeply about preserving nature and our environment, and believe that resourceful children will be the best able to do this in the future.