You were on the Martha Stewart Show! Tell me about that experience.
My sister Susan and I wrote a book on how to make our goodies because people like us are DIY-oriented. We had a great publisher, Random House. Along with the book itself, we inherited a publicist and she put us in touch with Martha Stewart and she got us on the show to teach Martha to make lemons and lime. I had to scale up the size of the lemons and limes for TV so people could see the techniques. It was fun and I really enjoyed doing that. I love teaching people how to do things and it was an interesting experience to teach someone who is a capable crafter. It was cool to see how she got so into it.
Do you teach people how to make jewelry locally?
Yes, I teach teen programs through the Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Grades 7-12. Sometimes I’ll teach classes for adults as well. I’m also happy to do birthday parties and private classes.
What does your morning routine look like?
A lot of coffee! I’m definitely more of a night person than a morning person. My husband wakes up early. He leaves the house at 5am so if he doesn’t wake me up, my second alarm clock is my cat. I give her breakfast, make coffee, and head into my studio and start getting done whatever needs to be done. I also make one of my crazy oatmeal bowls. I do a handful of oats, coconut, milk, chopped crystallized ginger, fruits and seasonings. I love to cook. My office is just paintings of food from several artists. My favorite one right now is from Marcella Kriedel, an artist from Washington, DC. She does watercolors of all types of foods. I have one from her that is all citrus fruits.
And your evening routine?
I like to spend some time outside with my husband when it’s nice out and drink wine or Colombian hot chocolate (my husband is Colombian). We will often watch ridiculous shows on Netflix too. My husband works at a coffee shop and he says “I make people happy all day.” I kind of do the same thing too because I get to see how interested and excited people are at the market. I like bringing something to the market that is a little different.
And finally, what comes to mind when you think “organic?”
“Organic” is something that is focused on making or trading things in a way that my great-grandmother would have recognized. We think about immediate results and sometimes don’t think of long-term effects.