It’s nearly February, the month when everyone concerns themselves with romance and matters of the heart. Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14, a day when we present cards and gifts to our special valentines. And, since February is also American Heart Month, it’s when we renew our pledge to pay greater attention to our heart’s health, taking a fresh look at the benefits of proper nutrition and regular exercise.
Speaking of matters of the heart, people in the Antelope Valley spend much time on what they love doing, and for many residents, that means crafting and making things with their hands. With that in mind, we are devoting the February issue of LIFESTYLE to those dedicated do-it-yourselfers who devote many hours to their craftsmaking and creativity, and in some cases, end up producing veritable works of art.
In “Passionate about patchwork,” quilter extraoardinaire Sue Handley talks about how quilting is her calling in life and a way to express her views. She’s made thousands of quilts since starting at age 11, and some of her works grace homes in France, Sweden, Japan and Belgium.
The world of taxidermy is explored by reporter Andrew Shackley and photographer Ruby Varela in “Modern artistry in a ‘secretive trade.’” Eric Linn is an award-winning master taxidermist who began mounting birds and big game after a duck hunt at the age of 16.
Other Antelope Valley artisans who work in trades with a more masculine edge are showcased, including custom saddlemaker Lee Worsham, who listens to opera, Willie Nelson and Christian music, when he painstakingly crafts a saddle that both rider and horse will appreciate, and woodworker Martin Littleton, who uses his skills to craft beautiful and fanciful items, including flowers, hats, and vases inlaid with turquoise.
This issue of LIFESTYLE also features stories from readers about their crafty creations, including people who knit, crochet, and quilt, throw clay onto a potter’s wheel, and turn wood into pens, among many DIY pursuits. There’s also a list of knitting, crocheting, quilting and other craft groups in the Valley for those interested in satisfying that creative urge.
In a handcrafting vein, the Japanese art of folding paper, or origami, is explored in “Folded paper as intricate art form.” Reporter Allison Gatlin, with photographs by staff photographer Ron Siddle, explores the world of avid origami collector and blogger Chila Caldera, whose colorful paper assemblage took Best of Show and first-place honors at the 2014 Antelope Valley Fair and who signs off her emails with “I think, therefore I fold; I fold, therefore I am.”
For the romantically inclined, local historian Norma Gurba offers a look at how Valentine’s Day was celebrated back in the pioneer days of old Antelope Valley. And reporter Julie Drake, in “‘Blonde Bomber’ is all-around knockout” with accompanying photographs by photojournalist Christina Ramos, profiles Littlerock High School freshman honors student Makayla Moore, who is a Muay Thai kickboxing powerhouse in pink. She is also a cheerleader and past community queen.
There are many other additional entertaining and informative stories and articles this month, including all of our regular features such as A Taste for Wine, Kovel’s Antique Forum, Horse Tales, and Hometown History in which Vern Lawson revisits a trip he made to Cuba in 2000 as part of a medical delegation.
We’re sure you’ll enjoy this February 2015 issue of Lifestyle Magazine.
Please join us.