I am a proud grandmother, mother, writer, amateur photographer, clutsy crafter, and an enthusiastic recycler/upcycler with an ADD personality. That means my brain sometimes becomes so full of ideas that I don't have time to express or do everything I carry around in my head.


I have written about recycling and upcycling for newspapers across Canada and a contributing writer for Country Almanac, Country Victorian, Family Circle, and Woman’s Day for over 10 years. I've even hosted my own craft show on Rogers cable TV. For fun, I've run workshops in my studio in Ottawa as well as cafes and retail outlets in Ottawa and in Edinburgh. 

Why I Do What I Do? 

It's in my blood. My siblings and I were taught from an early age never to throw anything out if we could imagine at least one new use for it. We didn't call it recycling or upcycling but we certainly practised both.

My dad  could make the most amazing beautiful and useful stuff from odd bits of metal and wood. As for our mom, the running joke in our family was that she could make a quilt from an old skirt and then, when this became worn out, she'd make a skirt out of the quilt! 

It's the green thing to do. Plain and simple, we reduce the stress on our plant and all it requires is thoughtfulness, creativity, and a little elbow grease. 

It's thrifty. And being thrifty is trendy now. So why spend dollars on stuff when you can make it yourself. Sort through your closets or recycling bins and create items you can make and maybe even sell. Being thrifty has a positive impact on the environment (and on your wallet) when you create something beautiful or useful from something others toss out.