JAN’S BRUSH STROKES
My heart and my twin sister’s are literally stitched together differently, as are our crafting preferences. But our source of inspiration comes from the same Creator.
Jan is my lifelong sidekick I wrote about in my award-winning memoir Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected.
We are a bit like Eunice and Mildred, two of the characters in my book of fiction Sew the Heart. One of us has spent her adult life in rural environments and is a bit less shaped by urbanist influences. I will let you figure out who is who and what is what.
In any case, put us together and put our friend in the middle who is full of moxie and lives with memories of our antics of antiquity, well – boy, oh boy! We will leave it up to YOUR imagination.
As youngsters my twin sister and I spent many hours crafting and playing outdoors together. Now as empty nesters and grandmothers (YIKES! ) but not idlers, we are getting reacquainted with some of these pleasures that had been shelved when career and raising families came into the picture. Along with writing, creative fiber crafting provides me with much joy and an outlet for my heart of a child -the whimsical side. My sister Jan’s decorative brush strokes give her much pleasure as does her garden photography. She’s a master gardener.
We love gardens and visiting them together and volunteer in a couple of the country’s most impressive ones. Jan at Blithewold in Bristol, Rhode Island and Sue at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, Maryland.
When not in the garden, we enjoy spending time in our creative spaces.