I hate talking about myself. But, this is an “About” page so you asked for it!
I’m Rachel–with a boring, boring middle name–so I figured I’d go big and give myself a grandiose nom de plume: Queen Patina. Why “Queen”? That one I can’t really justify, except to point to Queen Latifah and to say I’m borrowing a page from her playbook. That, and she seems pretty dang cool. Why “Patina”? I love the stories old things tell: the evidence of use, the discoloration from fingers, and even the cracks that indicate some past mishap.
As I see it, I was doomed to love old things. According to family lore, at the tender age of 3 or so, as my parents searched high and low for the perfect country fixer-upper I noted that one candidate “had a good roof.” It shouldn’t be too surprising, then, that I ended up spending the bulk of my childhood in unfinished fixer-uppers; in fact, I grew up in an amazing 100+ year old Finnish log home. Apparently appreciating old things is catching disease; while my compatriots fixated on boys and such, I collected old things, books mainly, but now pretty much anything that I like and can make fit into my vehicle. Ahem.
Today, I like to make things aesthetically pleasing (aka: pretty!). As a general rule I don’t overly beautify myself as much as my surroundings, so this beautification includes the obvious canvases: my house, my garden(s), my chicken coop (weird?), furniture, and general stuff. It’s something that I’ve always done, even as a kid. In the playhouse, the decorating held my attention, well, that and fighting off the imaginary, marauding enemies. As an adult, I continue to play house–though now it comes with other, real responsibilities like cleaning (boo!)–and to fight off just one devastatingly cute boy: my husband, Thad.
On any given day, you might find me doing one of the following:
- running: I’ve run several half-marathons.
- reading: I used to be a voracious reader, was an English major in college and would like to read more, but find that other things eat up my time. See below.
- beautifying: furniture, garden spaces, various rooms, and occasionally, myself.
- child rearing
- photographing some random object in my house, or a kid, though I suspect I have no natural talent for this newish hobby of mine.
- Scoring student essays: when I set aside the “Queen Patina” title and all that comes with–fame, fortune, and general adoration–I’m a lowly, part-time writing instructor at a local public college.
Queen Patina attempts to document my love for old things, to appreciate their often superior craftsmanship, and to value the stories they tell.
Thanks for stopping by!