First, I'd like to tell you that Scarlet Elfcup (Sarcoscypha coccinea) is a fungus...a mushroom...a stunning scarlet mushroom, not so uncommon in some parts of the world. 

Scarlet Elfcup began early on in 2014, shortly after I discovered the world of handmade dolls and toys, as a way to combine my love for knitting, sewing, paper crafting, reading and photography hobbies.  In these short months it has evolved to much more, providing not only an outlet for creativity, but a home for the gratitude I feel for all of my inspirations, and most importantly, the connections I am making with amazing people from all around the world.  

There is a global community connecting a myriad of doll makers, each one making her mark in the world by the unique designs of her dolls, each one seeking inspiration through something unique that sings to her life, her lifestyle and her philosophy on the meaning of a doll or a toy handcrafted....Me?  I love yarn, paper, fabric, photography and books.  I invest in this endeavor not only because I love the art of weaving words and images together to tell a story, but because, in doing so, I find myself looking more deeply for the beauty in life and consequently finding it in more places.  

I live in California with my husband and our two tiny tots.  In a life previous to motherhood, I dabbled with a number of work experiences...mechanical engineer by training and worked in the bio-medical engineering industry for a few years, a math and physics teacher for a number of years, a Peace Corps volunteer and Peace Corps employee for some time, and my latest wading...a crime data analyst for a university police department.  After being pregnant with my first child, I closed the doors to all those things to delve into full-time work as a mother.  This by far has been the most amazing and the hardest job I've had.

My passions include scampering around the world, rock climbing and mountaineering, camping, hiking and running.  We have been able to hike and camp a number of times as a family.  And I'm grateful for being graced with children who also love the great outdoors. Currently, I still rock climb and mountain climb in modest amounts.  But, with children, I have been grounded to being at home more.  There hasn't been travel in my life for a number of years. So, now, I love, in no particular order, reading to my children each night, going out for tea with friends, walking my daughter to pre-school in the mornings, watching my infant son grow and learn, going for evening walks with my family, vegitating with my husband, finding beauty in the ordinary of each day, enjoying the great outdoors, and dreaming of the many places I'd like to take my family.

I think there are millions of amazing people on this planet and I love knowing that inspiration is a two-way street.  I hope to inspire and if I do, it is only because I am connected through a creative circuit, to the constant flow of energy I draw from others who are far more amazing than me. 

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