Hello! Thanks for visiting Bloom, Bake & Create!
I live on a small piece of land in Southern Indiana where my hubby and I raise most of our veggies and fruits. Being a city girl, it’s been a bit of a change for me – but a welcome one at that! This website/blog was birthed after I realized that I desired another website to write about my other passions. Although journal writing or what I call “heartwriting” has always been an important part of my life, these three areas are also important and provide that needed balance.
I am a Master Gardener and have been involved with plants since my early 20s. The backyard of my first home was nothing but a garden where my husband (at the time) and I attempted to grow a variety of veggies and strawberries. Over the years I’ve had at least a few tomatoes and herbs on my small plots at the various houses where I lived. Since 2007 with the help of my Hubby, I’ve learned a lot about gardening, especially about fruit. As a member of the Southern Indiana Master Gardener Association (SWIMGA) I was involved several years in our food pantry garden where the harvest is donated to the local food bank. Now my gardening is confined to our yard.
I’ve always loved to bake especially bread. For the past 11 years or so, I’ve been baking biscotti for friends at Christmas. After hubby cooking for the last five years, we now are sharing the task and I have really been enjoying my two weeks on. He still does all of the bread baking.
I’ve dabbled in a variety of crafts over the years. One of my major loves is photography which started when Mom and Dad gave me one of those boxy Brownies. I graduated to Kodak Instamatic, moved on to a Canon SLR, and now I’m on my fifth digital camera – my first Digital SLR. My craft/woman cave is overflowing with paper, paint, glue, ribbon, stamps, fabric and all kinds of gadgets. It’s been the last two years that I’ve gotten into fabric surface design and I continue to explore and discover. Oh, and can’t forget about soap! We’ve been making our soap now for three years and still absolutely love it.
From two years through my newspaper column, Telling Your Story, about local crafters and artists, I became more and move involved in this side of the blog. From those I have interviewed I have learned so much. Some have not only introduced me to new crafts but have also encouraged me on in the process of finding my art. Karen Hampton was my inspiration for my ice dyeing tutorial that was published in Quilting Arts. Kathy Sands has encouraged me to “just do it.” And so many others have really helped me to grow as an artist. Yes, I do consider myself an artist for the first time in my life.
I also review craft books for a couple publishers and craft products.
It’s been a fun journey which I hope to continue for a long time.
If you’d like to contact me personally, you can reach me at lheines at wowway dot com.
Thanks for dropping by.