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We’ve been married for thirty years and enjoy many of the same activities. We both enjoy traveling, computers, digital photography, hiking, political science, reading and gourmet cooking. Because of the cooking, we enjoy working out together! John also enjoys music, digital audio, programming and playing guitar. I enjoy machine embroidery and sewing,  rocks, gems and minerals, making and wearing jewelry, designing dichroic glass wearable art, gardening, scrapbooking, and posting my electronic cookbook, located under "Recipes" on our site. We have lived in California for over 30 years and enjoy the Mediterranean climate and the varied landscape. .

My main hobby is making things on my BabyLock Destiny. I love it, but it is quite heavy so I purchased the BabyLock Aventura II to take to classes. Unfortunately, I usually end up taking the Destiny because it has larger hoops. But, the good news is, John and I started working out and walking daily so I'll be stong enough to lift it when I need to without repurcussions. Here are photos of some of the things I made in the last couple of years.

My Destiny and Aventura II Embroidery Machines

These pillows are the first thing I ever made with my new Destiny a year ago. I gave a couple away so now I'm making more.

Embroidered Pillows

I have a basket of these potato bags in our kitchen. I use them to make baked potatoes in the microwave and love them!

Potato Bags

These microwave cozies are great for heating up soup in the microwave or eating ice cream on your lap... bad habit!

Microwave Cozy

A couple of friends have dogs and wanted doggy poop bag holders for when they pick up their doggy poop on walks.

Doggy Poop Bags

When I first started embroidering I found these cute Anita Goodesign Pocket (coin) purses and loved making them!

Anita Goodesign Pocket Purses

Of course, everyone needs a bottle of hand sanitizer so I made us a few to have in the car and at restauants.

Hand Sanitizers

These microwave mitts are handy for taking hot things out of the microwave. They have a magnet so they hang also.

Microwave Mitts


Below are a few slide shows of things I've made

Slideshow #1 Embroidered Applique Kitchen Towels (click arrow):

Slideshow 2 Mesh Bags:

Slideshow 3 Mug Rugs:

Slideshow 4 Purses:

Slideshow 5 Potholders:

These are our cameras. They both take excellent photos and Virginia loves the reduced weight of the mirror-less Sony.

Our Sony Alpha 7R Mark 2 and our Nikon D810 Cameras

John started playing guitar when he first heard The Beatles. These are some of his guitars.

A few of John's guitars...

Digital audio workstations are a great way to experiment with different sounds and maybe compose some "music" along the way.

DAW Screen Shot (Digital Audio Workstation)

These are some items from John's "technology museum". He likes his electronic gadgets.

John's technology museum

1. Sony Handycam CCD-TRV72 Hi-8 Analog Camcorder 2. Creative NOMAD Jukebox Zen .mp3 player 3. Addonics Pocket CD-RW Portable External Drive Ad-285 4. Nokia 5165 AT&T Cellular Phone 5. Wolverine Data 80GB FlashPac 7000, 7-in-1 Portable Data Storage Device & Media Reader 6. 1985 Sony Wm-F15 Walkman AM/FM Cassette Player, 7. Grand Prix 8 Transistor Radio (circa 1965), 8. Casio EV-670 3" LCD TV (circa 2006), 9. Olympus Note Corder 100 Voice Recorder (circa 1996), 10. Franklin Merriam-Webster's Speaking Collegiate Dictionary (circa 2004), 11. Panasonic Rn-109 Handheld Cassette Voice Activated Recorder