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I have always been a creator, whether it was food, printing,
publishing, fabric or whatever. I have now turned my creating to
designs for machine embroidery. When Richard accepted a job to be
facilities manager of this private island, we made a major life
style change over seven years ago. We packed up, left the kids and
four grandchildren and moved to the Bahamas. It has been and
continues to be a very interesting life and it has allowed me to do
what I now love -- digitizing.
When we came to Bonefish Cay, the owners wanted t-shirts with the
cay logo on them and I needed something to do. Instead of ordering
the t-shirts already embroidered, I ordered them blank. Then I
ordered a starter set for machine embroidery, it included a Brother
machine with a 4x4 hoop and a Click n Stitch digitizing program. The
very first thing I ever digitized was the Bonefish Cay logo and it
didn't look too bad. But I knew I wanted it to look even better and
to do that I had to learn to manually digitize.
I took some classes with Walter Floriani and Nita O'Keefe and
purchased tutorials from good digitizers. I bought several different
digitizing programs before I found the ones I was happiest with,
Brother PeDesign and Embird. I practiced, practiced and then
practiced some more. Now, I do all my digitizing in these programs
and have had great success with them.
I won a digitizing contest with my fabric applique bowl, I had never
even made a fabric bowl before, but my business was off and running.
I love creating ITH projects and designs for us to make. I wake up
in the middle of the night with new ideas. Hoping I can remember
them when I wake up.
lot has changed since we left the Arizona desert for this island in
the Bahamas, over seven years ago. When we left, Leandra and Travis
had Alex and Ian. Ian was only a couple months old, he is eight in
July, 2010. Our son, Jeff and his wife, BethAnne only had two kids,
Ashleigh and Jared. They now have added Morgan and Lincoln. They all
continue to inspire ideas for designs and projects. Moms and
Grandmas must create lasting memories of hand made quilts, doll
houses, animals and quirky skulls.
PHOTO My wonderful husband, Richard and myself on the top of the
Department of Interior, DC, May 2009. When we went to see our son,
Jeff, get awarded the highest honor the department gives, the Medal
of Valor, for helping save a man's life in a fire.