Welcome to Crafting a Life! I am very excited to launch this new venture in my absolute favorite part of the world: Napa Valley.
Over the course of my life, no locale has inspired me more, made me feel more relaxed, and get those creative juices flowing. There is something to do here––or be inspired by––every single season…whether it’s a mustard or olive festival, bird watching, biking, hiking, taking culinary classes, and oh yes…wine tasting.
I grew up not far from the valley, and wines have always been a part of my vocabulary. When I was little, wine played a prominent role at dinners that my parents and adult friends held, and sometimes wine tastings from the experimental vineyards “up the road in the valley” took place in my own backyard. Of course I didn’t drink wine as a child, but the beauty of the vineyards was not lost on me. I spent many a day in my youth running through the vineyards (literally) as many of my high school cross-country meets took place in Napa.
So, decades later, after launching Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines and hosting a TV show, it makes perfect sense for me to be a host in real life, in this locale, for quilters and mixed media artists. Believe me, it’s the perfect location to create art.
And the perfect time to make art is during the slow season, which us Napans refer to as “Cabernet Season” (November thru mid-March). Why is it called cabby season? Because if it is winter with highs in the mid-50’s and raining outside, it is the perfect time of year to pour a nice glass of cabernet and pull your chair up fireside.
That’s the other thing: the winters here are emerald green, and some hills are peppered with large, craggy rocks, making you feel you are somewhere hiking in the Irish countryside.
That is why I thought to launch Crafting a Life, LLC in this part of the world, with the first event, Craft Napa launching in January to kick-start a creative new year. There will be nine teachers teaching over the course of three days (January 7-9, 2016), with a wine blending event and an artist market. Opportunities will abound for wine tasting, too. More information can be found over at the Craft Napa page.
There will be more offerings to come: tiny retreats (less than 10 people at a time), hosted at local bed & breakfasts, some with quilting and surface design “open studios” opportunities at my private art barn. (More on those and other media offerings later.)
Until then, welcome to Napa and Crafting a Life!
I hope you’ll come join me.
CEO; Crafting a Life, LLC4