Our family lives on a little slice of of the Canadian Shield, surrounded by rocks and trees and a busy beaver pond in the traditional lands of the Algonquin-Anishinaabe First Nations, in the province of Ontario. When I'm not sketching and sewing up a new design, you'll find me either with my nose in a book or homeschooling my three very active children.
Creating sewing patterns gives me an outlet for my creativity in a way that doesn't involve crayons and glitter glue (well... usually). I design for the unique needs of my own kids, and in ways that challenge my love for simple fabrics, colours, and lines. I have a deep love of nature, and having worked for over a decade as a natural heritage educator and in park land operations, I hope to share some of that love with those who explore my patterns through the names I've chosen for them, all of which are the names of special rural or protected spaces in Canada.
So... what kind of name is "Pollywoggles"?
While out exploring one day, the kids and I discovered that the tadpoles were out! Since we homeschool, this became a hands-on learning opportunity. I'm not sure the kids understood the whole metamorphosis thing, but my three year old certainly got a kick out of the name "pollywog", which she adapted into "pollywoggles". That day I decided that Pollywoggles was going to be the name by which my designs would go by.
Every season brings more changes to our family, and I look forward to discovering new ways to create fun things for my kids to wear through their adventures to come.
There are several ways you can reach me if you have questions!