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I was born and raised in the Central San Joaquin Valley, in Merced, California, on the largest Del Monte peach ranch in the world (4,000 acres). I lived in California for 45 years then moved to Minnesota, where we live now.

In 1995, my husband and I moved our family to Minnesota, to purchase a campground located south of Owatonna. Our love of family camping trips, in the Sierra Nevadas and along the Pacific Ocean, contributed to our decision to move to Minnesota as well as our desire to move our children out of California and provide them a better quality of life. This was an adventure that we could all participate in as a family. My two young boys helped us run the campground for 6 years until we sold it in 2001, moved to town, and pursued other careers.

The Minnesota winters proved to be very long for me. My Mom hooked rugs during the late 1960s. She hooked 5 big rugs, one for each of her children. I am privileged to have 3 of those rugs. She offered to give me all her rug hooking equipment and books, as she was no longer hooking rugs, after we moved to Minnesota. Mom and I had enjoyed sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting, macramé and other fiber arts throughout the years. All it took was for me to look through her rug hooking books and I was hooked on rug hooking. I am a self-taught rug hooker and have been hooking rugs since 1997. I have hooked 50 rugs and numerous smaller items and am an active member of ATHA.

There are very few rug hookers in our local area. One way to get more rug hookers to come here, and to keep all my friends together, was to organize hooking events. My husband previously was the General Manager of the AmericInn in Owatonna. That helped, as I had the perfect place to have weekend rug hooking events. I have been successfully hosting three annual rug hooking weekend events for the past 9 years.

I have made some wonderful, lasting friendships and have met lots of beautiful, generous, kind people. In addition to my love of fiber arts, I enjoy the challenge of bringing groups together and love the camaraderie and friendships that are made at these events.

I am very grateful for the support of my family and friends in making these events successful. Their encouragement, generosity, and confidence in me, make everything work. Without them, I'd be nothing.
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