She has introduced herself...
Kathreen Ricketson is the founder and editor behind the craft website whipup.net and the children's magazine action-pack.com, she has also written several craft books for quilters and children.
Kathreen lives in Canberra, Australia with her two pre-teen kiddos, wonderful husband and whole heap of chaos!
My best friend - ah! I have several best friends in my sewing/design studio. My sewing machine could be called my best friend, but perhaps my nemesis is a more likely term. It is the agent of my downfall into the chaos and clutter and addiction that is quilting, sewing and fabric.
I am quite on intimate terms with my rotary cutter and quilting rulers and several favourite pairs of scissors, particular some little sharp snippers that seem to disappear quite a bit, it seems that they are two timing me quite abominably.
I consort quite enthusiastically with my fabric stash, I visit, fondle and play with joyful abandon at times and in quiet solitude at other times.
My confidante is my computer and several programs within, I am quite at liberty to visit with Photoshop, indesign and illustrator whenever I please and have an open invitation, which I flaunt quite unashamedly, with google.
My stauchest allies are my ipad, iphone and my Nook, together they help me to avoid work whenever possible, but do assist when I am in a bind.
I have more than a friendly acquaintance with my yarn basket and my crochet hooks, together we while away rainy afternoons when other playmates are otherwise indisposed.
I am passingly familiar with the box filled with glue, stamping supplies, beads, wire and scrap paper, it has helped me on various occasions when in the vicinity of raucous or curious children.
But perhaps my bosomest of buddies, my soul mates, my fastest friends are my pen and notebook. They go together with me everywhere, they listen and observe without judgement or criticism.
I know you guys are all familiar with Whip Up, so I certainly don't need to introduce it to you. However, I would like to say something about it. Whip Up was one of the first craft blogs I discovered and it has been a tried and true friend to me. Kathreen balances wonderful personal crafting inspiration with book reviews, round ups and great collections of guest posts. It continues to inspire me.
And make sure you check out Action Pack - a growing collection of fantastic magazines for children aged 7 and above. They are filled with all the things you want your kids to be doing!!!!