I practiced Interior Architecture for 12 years before opening an arts and crafts store in Kansas City, Missouri called Urban Arts + Crafts. There I taught jewelry making classes and began designing the sewing and knitting patterns which we used in our classes. This fused my love of crafting with my love of design. Currently I am designing jewelry, sewing patterns and working on my blog. www.ialwayspickthethimble.com. You'll find jewelry designs, tutorials, free sewing patterns and can take a peek at some of our home renovation projects. My husband who is an Architect, and my 3 very curious cats, can also be seen "helping out".