Crafted one by one, I use a mix of new materials and those that are upcycled to create original art. An upcycled material is one that is transformed into something for which it was not originally intended. Examples of upcycling may include using old CDs to make a stylish pillow or creating a handbag using an old sweater.
I came up with the name Sewnook because I used to sew in the breakfast nook of a vintage apartment just outside of Chicago. It was the perfect little space that provided lots of natural light through the French windows. Those windows were painted over so many times with each tenant that they stuck to their frame. True to form for my now husband and I, is a quirky something in each apartment that we lived. The one with the breakfast nook had a back door that only opened halfway due to the refrigerator placement. Over the years, my sewing nook has gradually upgraded in space, making it more like a studio, hence the updated name Sewnook Studio.
Aside from sewing, upcycling and my recent interest in upholstery projects, I like to plant a vegetable garden each year and I am the designated one to mow the lawn. I love mowing the lawn because much like gardening, it gives me uninterrupted time to think or think about nothing at all while getting some exercise.