Hi! I'm Kim Lapacek!
I am a 30+ year old mother, wife, artist, apple orchardist, retired civil engineer, and entrepreneur.
I’m currently in a major quilting phase of my creative endeavors. In 2010, I came up with the concept for Project QUILTING and since we’ve started the challenges, thousands of quilts have been created and hundreds of dollars worth of prizes have been given away.
I’m a HUGE fan of quilt alongs. It’s really helped me hone my piecing skills and try things I never thought I would try before. Also – they’ve been great for helping me use up my scrap stash! Whatever level of quilter you are, don’t rule out a quilt along just because you don’t need ‘another’ sampler quilt – there is so much to learn out there – you’ll surprise even yourself!
I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm about creativity through teaching, lecturing, blogging and via social media.
Why the name "Persimon Dreams"?
I chose Persimon after my third daughter Persimoni. I did run it by the older girls first so they wouldn’t feel bad and they okayed the name – it helps too that we don’t actually call her Persimoni ... we call her Pip. We didn’t put two m’s in her name like the fruit, persimmon, so I didn’t put two in my business name either.
The "dreams" portion of my name comes from where many ideas emerge: in my sleep, especially in the dreams right before I wake. Inspiration and ideas have come to me countless times this way, and I know I can count on my dreams to help me create.
I have an incredible husband, Jared, who unconditionally supports my ideas and craziness: When I tell him I’m out of room for storing supplies he doesn’t tell me to stop buying more or to use what I have – instead, he builds more shelves. When I’m being cranky he sends me to my workroom, knowing that I need creative time. Plus, he can build almost anything I dream up!
We have three beautiful, high-energy daughters: Mercedi, Capri, and Pip. You'll see them all over my blog, and they're the cutest random-name-drawing system I've seen yet.
From August 15th until the day before Thanksgiving you can visit the apple shop at my family's orchard.
It's a family affair, and you'll find members of our extended family happy to help all over the site.
In addition to my crafts and those of other local artists, you'll find delicious fresh apples, caramel apples, apple cider donuts, unpasteurized cider, canned goods, apple accessories, and so much more.
It’s a great place to bring your family to play on the equipment, meet the animals, and go for a stroll through the orchard.