Name | Hometown | Currently Reside In?

Adrienne Antonson |  Gainesville, FL  | Thomson, GA

Is your work influenced by season or changing weather?

I suppose so… in the winter I’m more drawn to felting and cozy projects I can slowly work on in the evenings. In the warmer months, I love dyeing outside and making more physical work.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten in the mail?

A few years ago we lost my brother-in-law.  It was an incredibly sad time and we were in a haze of grief. One day, we got a package stamped ‘DRY ICE’  with no name attached (I of course thought it was a bomb).  We opened it to discover 12 pints of the most incredible ice cream I’ve ever had. In the sea of sympathy cards, getting this ice cream from a mystery sender was such a bright light. We had those pints in our fridge for months and they were a constant reminder of goodness and kindness in an otherwise hard time. It was such an unlikely thing to send to someone grieving, but it truly was the sweetest.

What is your favorite holiday tradition (new or old)?

We’ve had many family talent shows at holidays. We take these VERY SERIOUSLY.  (My one year old daughter just participated in her first with a pretty legit belly dancing performance, complete with the cutest and most authentic costume you’ve ever seen.) We’ve also had a poetry themed Thanksgiving where we all recited or wrote poems. They turn into the most ridiculous nights full of lots of drinking, laughing, and if I have anything to do with it, costumes.

How do you find comfort?

I wish I had some healthy / fancy things to say here, but my comfort rituals involve lots of ravioli and red wine. I also inherited all my grandpa’s flannel shirts and wear them all winter. I’ve actually become a little superstitious about them, and wear them when I travel.

Do you have a favorite fall/winter/holiday memory?

When we were younger, my family would go skiing in the Winter (we’re from Florida). Once we went for Christmas and I remember my mom covertly packing an entire Christmas tree in the suitcase and surprising us on Christmas morning when it was all set up.  On the same trip, mom and I watched an entire I Love Lucy marathon one day at the hotel  — like 20+ episodes —  because I hate skiing and she has a bum hip that won’t let her ski. It was the most magical day, and I will forever love I Love Lucy.

What is your go-to holiday dish?

Mashed potatoes that other people cook 🙂