Thanks for the enthusiasm everyone! xoxo
Yes, she's a well known illustrator, and one of my idols since I first saw a special about her on PBS about 10 years ago. She lives as if she's in the 1800's, for the most part. She dresses in old clothes, which she sews herself, often from fabric she's spun, dyed and woven herself. She knits, she spins, she makes baskets, she grows her own veggies and raises her favorite farm animals. She also has an elaborate dollhouse, puts on marionette shows for kids, or at least used to, and just has a wonderful, creative imagination. She really knows how to celebrate the seasons, and live with nature and with joy and festivity, you should see all of what she does for Christmas. She's the ideal grandmother! Did I mention she cooks on a woodstove, and often in her open fireplace? She's so cool.
But there's a lot more to why I love her. To sum it up, she inspires me as an environmentalist, a nature lover, someone who likes to play, and as someone looking to create a simple home-based identity in this modern world. No I don't intend to live or dress as in the 1800's, but I wouldn't mind having a home and life very much like hers. Just give me a gas stove instead of a wood stove in the kitchen! LOL.
I'll give more details of why I love her, and details of the AMAZING visit, in my blog thread.