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My love affair with fabric began in the Saint Vincent De Paul second hand store when I was eight. I was admiring a piece of green paisley fabric when the store clerk asked me if I liked it. I said yes I really did, she said take it home and make something of it. That was the beginning of my journey into the world of fabric and all the wonderful things you can do with it. I know the Barbie clothes I made from that paisley were crude at best, but I loved them and how it made me feel to create something. I never forgot that woman and how her simple act of giving changed the course of my life.
That journey took me from doll clothes to my clothes, quilting, slip covers, window treatments, baby clothes and now grandbaby clothes. I learned many lessons on that journey such as patience, economics, and that sometimes our visions are not always good, but we have to find out the hard way. Like the wrap around pants I made in junior…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 26
  • Joined November 19, 2010

Favorite materials

cotton, wool, paper

About

My love affair with fabric began in the Saint Vincent De Paul second hand store when I was eight. I was admiring a piece of green paisley fabric when the store clerk asked me if I liked it. I said yes I really did, she said take it home and make something of it. That was the beginning of my journey into the world of fabric and all the wonderful things you can do with it. I know the Barbie clothes I made from that paisley were crude at best, but I loved them and how it made me feel to create something. I never forgot that woman and how her simple act of giving changed the course of my life.
That journey took me from doll clothes to my clothes, quilting, slip covers, window treatments, baby clothes and now grandbaby clothes. I learned many lessons on that journey such as patience, economics, and that sometimes our visions are not always good, but we have to find out the hard way. Like the wrap around pants I made in junior high that fastened down the side with small pieces of Velcro. I took them to camp and was so proud of them until a big gust of wind sent both pant legs flapping about my bare legs.
At times during my life personal creative activities were put on hold for babies and then home schooling four kids. Now I care for my mother-in-law who had a stroke two years ago, I am home a lot as a result, and sewing is again a large part of my life. I try to involve her; she likes to see what I have done and is my biggest cheerleader. The cyber world is a hard concept for her to grasp. I asked her if she wanted to come down and see my shop on Etsy, she brightened up and replied exuberantly, Yes, did she need lip stick?
I would say the most rewarding thing now is seeing the vision and creativity in my three daughters. Life is good!

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