ABOUT MARIE AND EMMALINE
CANNING AND FOOD PRESERVATION EXPERTS
Marie and Emmaline’s friendship was almost instantaneous. Within 20 minutes of their first meeting, they were discussing their shared passion for the lost arts, especially canning and food preservation. Eventually, they decided to begin this website and YouTube Video Blog. Their collective enthusiasm has created this worthy endeavor, and their individual strengths are what has made a project of this magnitude possible.
The inspiration behind this website/blog/video blog is that a lot of arts are being lost as grandmothers, and mothers are passing. Information and recipes that used to be passed down from generation to generation, mother to daughter, are vanishing. Arts such as food preservation, fiber arts, gardening and homesteading, etc. are slowly becoming forgotten.
Both, Marie and Emmaline, were privileged to have amazing mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers that were willing to teach them and they are here to share that knowledge with you.
I am the wife of a fabulous man who not only puts up with my grandiose ideas but is willing to help me bring them into reality. I not only love that man but I genuinely like him. There is nothing quite like being married to your best friend. It would be hard not to admire such an authentically good person.
I am the mother of 7 fabulous children. I have 3 daughters and 4 sons. Their ages span from 6 years up to 22. I grew up with many siblings and always wanted that for my children. No one understands you quite the way a brother or a sister does. As an adult, I still count my siblings as some of my favorite people. Being a mother of many has inspired me to find time and money-saving techniques that I love to share with others.
Having grown up on a small farm, I wanted that same lifestyle for my children. We now have a little 2-acre farm with chickens, ducks, rabbits, and alpacas. We have a large garden, a small orchard, and a berry patch. I love being able to make the most of the earth’s bounty. I have developed a love of building and working with my hands as we have adapted our property to fit our purposes. Many of my favorite moments have been spent working under our amazing blue sky with my husband beside me.
I am passionate about exercise and healthy eating. Running and weight training has been my workout focus. After my second child, I decided I wanted to do something amazing, so I trained for and ran a marathon. I was pleased and surprised when I came in second in my age bracket. Having babies back to back definitely made it harder to stay in shape, (Mostly because my shape kept changing.) but being strong made the pregnancies and caring for my little ones easier. I grew up with hearty, healthy food. When I moved out on my own I went through a 3-month foray into junk food. I found I felt terrible, changed my diet and have never looked back.
I worked for 12 years as a cardiac nurse and trained as a midwife. I am currently retired and focusing on raising and homeschooling my children. I will forever be grateful for my time caring for others. I have always supported holistic medicine but having the education and experience behind me has helped me to understand how to do that safely.
I love to crochet, knit, and spin. When my children were young I found I had many times when I was waiting, at soccer practice, doctor appointments, etc. I decided to learn knitting as a way to be more productive with my time. Eventually, I found many patterns I wanted to do that were crochet and decided I should learn that as well. Spinning yarn came as a result of raising alpacas who have the best wool for spinning. Five years ago my teenage son came home with a picture of a sea dragon he had drawn. Since I had been crocheting a lot of stuffed animals then, I was feeling ambitious and told him I would crochet it for him. I was so pleased with the result that I posted it on Etsy. My first designs were all from drawings my children made. It was so much fun to see their interest in my progress at bringing their drawings to life. Our local fair loves to see the new creations I bring in every year. My specialty is dragons and I love researching new techniques to get the results I want. Creating crochet patterns as OvertonFancies on Etsy is now a beloved part of my life. If you are interested in seeing my creations there are many pictures in my store.
My mother and maternal grandmother have been my biggest inspirations. My mother was raised on a farm and has been my example of self-reliance, creativity, and hard work. She has a love of reading and learning that I have inherited. She is never afraid of trying something new. My grandmother’s parents were second-generation American-born Germans who owned and operated a German delicatessen. She was always in the kitchen. She took care of those she loved and that often involved food. (Not that we minded.) She was often at her grandmother’s farm in the country and later married a farmer. She was a natural when it came to taking care of animals and gardening. Her garden was massive and a treat as a child to harvest from. She owned an antique store and was the one who taught me how to refinish furniture. She taught ceramic painting in her community and loved life. (I miss that woman.) Having grown up during the great depression, she could often be heard saying, “Waste not, want not.” She was probably my mother’s inspiration for her saying, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” With powerful women like these in my life is it any wonder I want to preserve the things they taught me for future generations. It is a good way to live.
Some of the lost arts I excel in are:
Crocheting, Yarn Spinning, Knitting
Food Preservation; Canning, Dehydrating, Freeze Drying, Freezing, Pressure Cooking
Reclaimed Wood Projects
Nurse, Midwife, Holistic Medicine
I am first and foremost a wife to my very own Mr. Darcy (you are my bosom-friend if you get my reference … and twice over if you get the reference of the reference). Alright, I’m done, I promise …
Unlike the Pride and Prejudice hero and heroine mentioned above, it was love at first sight when I met my husband Rhett. We were engaged after only 4 dates and married within 2 1/2 months of our first meeting. After 23 years of marriage, I’ve never once questioned my decision to marry him.
I grew up on a farm in a large-ish family, as did my husband. We both wanted that for our sons. Unfortunately, due to health reasons, it was not in our cards. I am a mother of two teen boys and five guardian angels. I have a passion to assist grieving mothers who are experiencing what I’ve gone through. Rather than growing up on a farm, my kids have grown up around the country. We lived in 11 houses the first 13 years of our marriage. We moved a lot because we chased job promotions and flipped houses in our spare time, living in them as we remodeled them. Then, in 2012, we sold everything we owned, quit our jobs, and chased Rhett’s dream of construction consulting nationwide. We moved into an RV and spent 9 years traveling and working in 38 states. It was an adventure we will never forget and a time when I learned a variety of skills from people in all walks of life.
Growing up, I spent summers jumping between my maternal and paternal grandparents’ houses. My paternal grandparents lived in town but had a beautiful home with a HUGE garden, woodworking shop, craft/sewing room, and a camper and boat that went hunting and fishing every season. I learned all forms of food preservation, fabric arts, woodworking, painting, hunting, and fishing skills from both my grandmother and grandfather.
My maternal grandparents lived on a large farm and between the two of them possessed about every skill on earth. I’m not kidding; I can’t think of one thing, that one or the other of them, didn’t know how to do. I was blessed to work alongside them. HARD WORK was the number one skill I learn from these grandparents. Close behind was just about everything else: crocheting, knitting, embroidery, quilting, sewing, all forms of food preservation, painting, natural cleaning products, holistic preventative medicine, and many more.
I have a passion for life. I don’t just like things, I love them. I love my husband and sons. I love to smile. I love to laugh. I love to taste good food. I love to touch and feel every fabric or fiber I walk past. I love the smell of the air right after it rains. I love sitting on the bow of our sailboat watching the sun glisten over the water. I love meeting new people and getting to know them. I love blue and white chinoiserie. I love rocks, stones, and gemstones. I love long novels and the smell of old books. I love a roaring fire. I love the mountains and my heart skips a beat when I have been gone for a long time and then I return to the Wenatchee Valley, to the foothills at the base of the Cascade Mountains. This is my happy place. I love hugging my family. I love doing random acts of love for strangers. I love to LOVE! The list is endless, this is a very small part of it.
I have another passion … alright, I admit it is more an addiction than a passion. I am addicted to books and learning and have applied that passion/addiction to every aspect of my life. When I was a young teenager, a special adult in my life gave me a compliment that I took to heart. They said I had a gift of learning and of goal setting and achieving. Years later as I grew up it became more of a family joke to, “Sit back and watch Emmaline, if she says she’s going to do something you can bet that she will. She’s never set a goal she didn’t achieve.” That gift of learning and goal setting has allowed me to be part of this project and as a result, many of those passions/addictions are portrayed here on this blog/video blog, but to be honest, there are oh-so-many more that I can not even imagine Marie and I will ever get to all of them.
Some of the lost arts i eXCEL in are:
Crocheting, Knitting, and Embroidery
Quilting and Sewing
Oil and Acrylic Painting
Food Preservation; Canning, Dehydrating, Fermenting, Freeze Drying, Freezing, Pressure Cooking
Natural Cleaning Products
Holistic Preventative Medicine, Herbs, Essential Oils, etc.
Organizing and Small Space Living
Hardship Recovery/Mental Health Counseling
Here is a list of some quirky things you may not realize you wanted to know about m"E", Emmaline:
My husband, sons, and I traveled the country for 9 years, visiting 38 states and mastering the art of small-space living and small-space food storage and crafting. We joke that we ate our way through 38 states, trying the cuisine at every place we went. A lot of my travel stories revolve around food.
I am the author of 17 short stories, novellas, and full-length novels. Perhaps someday I will share them with you.
I like to talk, a lot when it is one-on-one with a person, and the conversation has depth and purpose. If there is a group I rarely talk unless I am presenting as a speaker. I am NOT fond of chit-chat without an end goal.
I went to college for 4 years to become a Juvenile Developmental Psychologist, but 2 days before graduation I withdrew my final class (even though I had the grade of an A) so that I could remain in college and get a second degree as an undergraduate. It was cheaper that way and back then my husband and I were poor, starving, college students. I then completed the 2-year accounting program in a single year and received my Bachelor's degree in the field of Accounting. I never went back and re-took the class I had withdrawn from so although I technically finished that first degree I do not have the psychology degree.
For 12 years, I was a government auditor with tasks of fraud investigation and performance auditing where I had the privilege of working with government officials to aid agencies in having the most effective and efficient operations. I also acted as an expert witness on a few government fraud cases. That was fun … or maybe not.
I love rocks … besides trying the cuisine everywhere I go, I collect rocks and gemstones. I then polish, label, and carefully store them in fishing tackle boxes. I can tell you where I obtained every stone. I also love stone vases and sculptures.
I love traveling to other countries and I especially love trying food from other countries.
I like to taste every food I make … or others make. You will see this a lot in our videos, I can’t help but take a bite or taste what we make at the end.
I like warm weather because I love to swim, sail, snorkel, and scuba-dive. If it involves water my family loves it.
I like cold weather because I have an excuse to curl up in front of the fire with an afghan and a book.
My favorite color is yellow.