About the Artist
I am the Mountain Mitteneer, aka Helen Keen. I live in the Colorado Rockies, 9,000' elevation, at a weather station with my husband Rich, dog Loki, kitty Catbite, 2 parakeets and 5 chickens. We share the meadow with deer, bear, elk. moose, Lynx, mountain lions, coyotes and fox.
I began upcycling sweaters into warm, cozy mittens, later expanding the line to include vintage tablecloth aprons, purses and yoga bags for fun. I love cruising charity thrift shops in search of cool vintage stuff, and love the fact that my purchases, in turn help others. It is a real delight giving old sweaters a new life as bright, beautiful, warm fleece-lined mittens. We have tested them at 29 degrees below zero, and they are WARM!
After retiring from my career as a Family Nurse Practitioner, my hobby became a full-fledged cabin industry. I sell my art at holiday craft fairs and several boutiques, helped out by my husband Rich and daughter Sarah. I am a member of the Mountain Artisans Guild.
My husband, Rich is a gifted photographer, astronomer, meteorologist, author and retired university professor. We have raised five kids who, along with their spouses and our three grandchildren live all over the world. Rich and I fill our days with our work, the weather station, Rich's astronomy, my mini farm, hiking, good friends and traveling this wonderful world. We have a truly blessed life!