I have a lot of passions and interests. Cooking and baking are certainly the first one. I've introduced my friends to the French crêpe party. We make a huge platter of thin pancakes and a selection of homemade jams and spreads. It's a great evening of food, friends, and fun. Another French tradition that I keep up is the galette des rois, or king cake. The weekend after the New Year, I bake one to bring into the office. It is a flaky puff pastry cake with almond filling and a little figurine baked right inside. Whoever gets the slice with the trinket is king for the year. It's like bringing a little taste of home to share with my friends.
Needlework is my second hobby. The patience and precision it requires gives me time to wind down after a long day and be alone with my thoughts. I’ve always thought of it as my therapy time. And when I’m finished, I’m left with a gift from my own fingers and heart.
Needlework led me into the world of antiques. I started exploring markets for vintage thread and spools. Now I search for any interesting treasures that I could give new life. Every object has a history and restoration lets me play a small piece in it. Plus, the quality and detail of old world craftsmanship amazes me and inspires my own handicraft.
Needlework led me also in the world of insect, their structure and color provide really nice pattern to embroider.
I must have inherited my mother’s love for plants and flowers. Growing up, she surrounded us with green. Now, I have a collection of 180 mini orchids and I’ve fashioned an ideal habitat for them with special fabric to control the light, air, and water. I like small, strange and unique orchids and I had to create a web site to keep up on my collection: www.myorchidjournal.com.
For each of my hobby, I mix my passion for art with my interest for science. Even my work as a market development manager in a biotech company combines my science background and my creativity.
I hope to be able to share my passions with my child one day and hope he/she will find his/her own passion(s).