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I'm 40 years old and I live with my husband in our first house in a small town just outside of Iowa City. I have degrees in physics and astronomy from the University of Iowa. I've been crocheting since I was 3, drawing since age 4, knitting since age 7, and sewing on my grandma's antique sewing machine since I was 10. Creating beautiful things has always been my passion, and I also love math and science. I come from a happy family that has been through a lot, probably just like most everyone.

I love old fashioned objects and appreciate quality hand work of all types and ages. When assembly line merchandise first came out, it was in high demand because it was the first time that identical, interchangeable copies could be had, and for low prices. I believe that interest in carbon copy…

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  • Born on December 19
  • Joined July 20, 2008

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natural fibers, wool, silk, cotton, rayon, paper, glass and gemstone beads, oil paint and canvas

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About

Visit my website at www.materializedaydreams.com!

I'm 40 years old and I live with my husband in our first house in a small town just outside of Iowa City. I have degrees in physics and astronomy from the University of Iowa. I've been crocheting since I was 3, drawing since age 4, knitting since age 7, and sewing on my grandma's antique sewing machine since I was 10. Creating beautiful things has always been my passion, and I also love math and science. I come from a happy family that has been through a lot, probably just like most everyone.

I love old fashioned objects and appreciate quality hand work of all types and ages. When assembly line merchandise first came out, it was in high demand because it was the first time that identical, interchangeable copies could be had, and for low prices. I believe that interest in carbon copy objects is in serious decline, and that people are waking up to the realization that handmade uniqueness is where the beauty and quality really is. I know I would rather work in my own artisan shop than on an assembly line in a factory, as well as own something made by a person who considers themself to be an artist rather than a laborer.

Most of my first creations were made for myself, or as gifts for friends and family. I made my wedding dress and my husband's dream wedding clothes, I designed and helped sew the bridesmaid dresses for my cousin's wedding, I've made most of my own purses and handbags, I'm writing in a journal that I hand bound from scratch, my mom and brother both have socks and sweaters that I knit (and I have a drawer full of my own), I gave my nephew a watercolor of a snail for his birthday, I've made lots of ATCs that I've mailed away to my partners on Swap-Bot.com, and I often write to my pen pals on stationery that I've made.

Over the years, people have seen these hand made things, and asked me to make similar things for them. I have been paid to do several pieces of commissioned work to date, and I would love to change this occasional aspect of my hobby into a business. One of our local small town restaurants has floor to ceiling drapes and sheers that I made for them, I've done proposal drawings for a landscaping contractor to use in a bid, created yarn from an acquaintance's late pet, crocheted a handbag for an organic farm manager, mended painter's overalls, and darned an expensive cashmere sweater with a running hole for a frantic Hobby Lobby shopper, just to name a few. Here on Etsy so far, I've realized imagined costume wear that couldn't be found in a store, created a Regency style mint color wedding dress, and used a lady's fabric to create a unique baby quilt to her specifications. I have designed several sewing patterns from my own imaginings as well.

So, as you can see, I am hardly a monogamous crafter. I love too many creative outlets to try to focus on just one. I go where the inspiration strikes. I somehow usually manage to finish the projects I'm in the middle of before moving on, at least. And even when I don't, I always come back around full circle to find myself in a the midst of a new obsession with an old favorite.

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