RustiKate is just me, Katy (with encouragement from family and friends). I am a former magazine stylist, seamstress, how-to expert, tatting instructor, model, and photographer for MaryJane Butters' publications (such as "MaryJane's Farm" magazine, "MaryJane's Stitching Room", etc.). After the creative publishing world, I moved on to missionary work, then humanitarian and rehabilitation work. Later I transitioned into working and studying natural farming methods, and then went back to school for a degree in Occupational Therapy. These days, I am a freelance freestyle artistic spirit, a COTA, and most importantly a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend.
Having grown up in the country, in rather a modern pioneer fashion, I freely wandered meadows and forests in pursuit of adventure. I climbed trees with my brothers and mountains with my dad. In the summer I sat outdoors and painted with my mom, and in winter we stoked the woodstove and read book after book. Early on I bruised my knees and elbows a lot, to be honest I still do. I splashed in lakes, rivers, creeks, and mud puddles. Cared for animals and slept in the loft of our log house in the woods. I fell in love with nature back then, a love that I will never lose. From such a "low tech" and some might say "wild" start, imagination, creativity, and appreciation of the simple, comes naturally. To this day I marvel at the simplistic, the genuine, organic, the rustic. And I see great worth in the rough, rugged, as well as the frail, unwanted, cast off, and broken. They have character, a story, and their own kind of beauty. There is much value in creating and recreating, adding little bits of beauty and joy to the world. Through RustiKate, I hope in some small way to encourage, inspire, and motivate you, by what I create and share; that you in turn, can, in your own special way, do the same for others. May your creative nature bloom and grow!