About The Cedar Chest

Welcome to The Cedar Chest where you'll find yesterday's handmade crafts for today's home.


Growing up in a Mennonite family, we re-used and recycled household items before it was popular. Maybe that's why I like to find creative things to do with other people's castoffs. My rag rugs are made mostly with gently used cloth and new fabric left over from sewing projects or found in thrift stores.


I've been a crafter most of my life. I started sewing in junior high and haven't quit yet. My grandmother taught me quilting and lace crocheting while I was in high school. I remember sitting in front of her quilts for hours putting my stitches in. Sometimes there were conversations, and sometimes we just enjoyed being together. Grandma always said I could quilt forwards, backwards and upside down. I have since quit a lot of the hand sewing I use to do.  Yes, that was many years ago, and it seems like I just can't stop making other craft things. My sister, Susan, taught me the art of weaving, and I now have 3 looms.  Creating handmade items is one of my artistic outlets. It also gives me something to do during the quiet hours of the day and evening. Some days I wish there were more of those quiet times! My husband took early retirement in 2008, and we moved near Escanaba, Michigan. Our children are all out of the house. Our son is married and is living in Houghton, MI with his family, while Hans works with Intervarsity, a nondemoninational fellowship orginization on college campuses.  Hans and Lindsay have our two grandsons.  Our eldest daughter  married the love of her life, James, and they live in Maine. Our youngest Brita is married to David Michael and they are currently in Menphis.


Besides weaving, sewing, and quilting I enjoy gardening, walking through our 40 acres of cedar, birch and pine woods, reading fiction, playing with a hand bell group and singing in the church choir.