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I believe that two of life's great joys (behind everything to do with loved ones) include owning beautiful, practical handmade items and making beautiful, practical handmade items. Growing up on my family's Kentucky farm, I've had lots of both kinds of joy in my life and have learned that the creation and utilization of handmade treasures is about much more than 'things' -- it can be about community, growth, and even healing.

The name Annie Mae comes from the great grandmother for whom I was named. She was a woman who managed all of the backbreaking work of being a farm wife, but still cultivated a taste for the beautiful with (among many other things) a flower garden people still talk about. Her daughter-in-law, my Grandma, embroidered her dishtowels in her spare time and her granddaughters, my mother and aunt, made their own clothes. This love of creating things with one's own hands…

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  • Born on December 1
  • Joined March 2, 2010

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Yarn of all kinds

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About

I believe that two of life's great joys (behind everything to do with loved ones) include owning beautiful, practical handmade items and making beautiful, practical handmade items. Growing up on my family's Kentucky farm, I've had lots of both kinds of joy in my life and have learned that the creation and utilization of handmade treasures is about much more than 'things' -- it can be about community, growth, and even healing.

The name Annie Mae comes from the great grandmother for whom I was named. She was a woman who managed all of the backbreaking work of being a farm wife, but still cultivated a taste for the beautiful with (among many other things) a flower garden people still talk about. Her daughter-in-law, my Grandma, embroidered her dishtowels in her spare time and her granddaughters, my mother and aunt, made their own clothes. This love of creating things with one's own hands was something I couldn't fully identify with until I was an adult with weighty responsibilities of my own. At that point, needlework changed from a sporadic hobby to a way to infuse everyday life with some extra peace and color.

Every item in my shop is made by my own two little hands with careful thought and creative enjoyment. I keep supplies in my bag wherever I go and work on projects in waiting rooms, cars, the front porch, and the dining room table. My ideas come partly from real life -- I'm not afraid to walk up to someone in the grocery store to get a closer look at their hat or purse and ask them where they got it -- and partly from coming across fantastic materials begging to be made into something wonderful. I love the imagining and the tinkering that come along with designing and making handmade things, but my favorite part of the creative process is seeing the finished product being used and loved by someone else.

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