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When I was in grade school, my sisters and I decided to spend the winter making crafts that we would sell in the summer at our shop (our neighbor’s front porch) that we named “The BeeHive”. I learned to sew in girl scouts, but became a real seamstress when I moved to the south as a newlywed and discovered a high-end fabric store that inspired me to start making my own clothes. As it was then and continues to this day, for me it is all about the rich textures and colors of luxury fabrics that really separates the commonplace from the extraordinary. My sewing interests have evolved with the stage of my life whether I am sewing work clothes, draperies or tote bags for my teen daughters. Over the years, I have made and donated numerous handbags, totes, belts, pillows, doll bed ensembles, skirts, scarves and baby blankets for charity auctions as a creative outlet and a way to give back to the community. I have been frequently asked…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 26
  • Joined September 24, 2009

Favorite materials

tapestry, woven chenille, cotton, ultrasuede, laminated cotton, silk, canvas, linen, home decorator fabrics, leather, upcycled materials

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When I was in grade school, my sisters and I decided to spend the winter making crafts that we would sell in the summer at our shop (our neighbor’s front porch) that we named “The BeeHive”. I learned to sew in girl scouts, but became a real seamstress when I moved to the south as a newlywed and discovered a high-end fabric store that inspired me to start making my own clothes. As it was then and continues to this day, for me it is all about the rich textures and colors of luxury fabrics that really separates the commonplace from the extraordinary. My sewing interests have evolved with the stage of my life whether I am sewing work clothes, draperies or tote bags for my teen daughters. Over the years, I have made and donated numerous handbags, totes, belts, pillows, doll bed ensembles, skirts, scarves and baby blankets for charity auctions as a creative outlet and a way to give back to the community. I have been frequently asked where someone can buy one of my handbags. Up until now, I have responded that I only make them for friends, family and charity.
I have collected fabrics from a multitude of sources and the common feature is their high quality and rich colors. Many of my tapestries are made in Italy or France and I enjoy using high-end home decorator fabrics, many of which are remnants. I have learned that I am doing what is now known as "upcycling" taking remnants and workroom "waste", and turning them into beautiful one of a kind items. All of the items I have created and listed on Etsy.com are one-of-a-kind. Although my uncle (and facebook user) recently suggested that my slogan should be "two of a kind, but I am keeping one!". When I create what I think is a "hit", they are hard to part with! But knowing that they are going to a place they are appreciated, makes me feel very good and inspires the next group of bags.
Thanks and enjoy shopping!

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