Our journey began when we, the Schowens, found ourselves at my grandmother’s house in the charming town of Iron Bridge, Ontario. Marian Norlena Rutledge was a multitalented, hard working woman. She played the steel guitar, was a trapper, rock collector, quilter, leather maker, knitter, gardener and mother of seven.
As we waded barefoot through her carefully tended garden, now ours, we were flooded with her innovative ideas, inspiration and love. Marian was a true hard worker. Thank you for your inspiration, boundless energy and spirit that guide us.