Jack and Ms. CleaverHalloween 2009

About Ms. Cleaver

June Cleaver was the epitome of the Mid-Century stay-at-home mom, the one who vacuumed in high heels and pearls.

Ms. Cleaver is a modern lady, with a full-time job and some Mid-Century sensibilities, including a knack for baking and a wicked apron collection. I don’t have any children and I don’t vacuum all that much and definitely not in heels.

I was born and raised a California girl, before moving to Oregon to study theatre in college.  After graduation, I did a year-long internship at a theatre in Portland, Maine, and met the future Mr. Cleaver. We moved to Chicago for a little over two years, where I worked professionally in the theatre  as an administrator and a dramaturg.

I married Mr. Cleaver in October of 2007; I think he’s pretty swell.

About a year later, we moved back to Maine and I started my current job in community development finance (yes, a bit of a switch there) and on the last day of 2010, we bought our first house in Westbrook, Maine.

Crafty Things

My mother taught me to sew when I was young; I got into it briefly in high school and then didn’t pick it back up again until I bought myself a sewing machine 2007.  I sew a lot of skirts and dresses, despite the fact that I am more of a pants kind of gal.

I started knitting in the winter of 2005-2006 and began publishing knitting patterns in 2010.To date, my work has appeared on this blog and in Twist Collective. I have developed a strong fiber arts addiction (though a relatively small yarn stash) and I started weaving in June of 2009 and spinning on a spindle in July 2009.

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Questions & Answers

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Still have more questions?

Contact me at ms.cleaver[at]gmail.com

4 Responses to “About Ms. Cleaver”

  1. terry Says:

    From Chicago to Maine…oh good, I think I might of hit on the right blog. Hello! I am from central Il. a sustainable farmer with a beautiful becoming non-sustainable farm because of the economic pic and lack of beautiful details, truly the essential details I find in Maine. So-the reason I write…I’m moving, on, out, up, over to Maine. Soon. Taking two lovely college bounds girls with me…one an artist, the other a photographer. Me, an avid nature adorer,nuttier than a fruitcake adventurist spirited winch of a woman who never whines…ok, seldom whines.
    If you have one observation, one ounce of preventive moving advice from Il. to Maine- what would it be?
    Take all the time necesarry, who do I think I am bugging you at this stage while you yourself are trying to get a foot hold? I suppose I’m grasping at blogs…tired of looking at all the info on State of Maine sites, I need a connection, a human voice…and your wit hooked me. Thanks for your consideration…I’ll follow the blogroll as well. Take care-

  2. blackgirlinmaine Says:

    Nice blog, I actually am a native Chicagoan who moved to Maine 7 years ago. Its a lovely place though quite different from Chicago.

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