Cherie Davidson's Profile

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I grew up sewing and crafting, nearly every craft or art medium I could get my hands on. My mom taught me to sew on her vintage Singer, one of those beautifully curved black shiny machines with the gold lettering. It had a 1950's wood sewing table with a little "trap" door. I convinced my baby sister, a toddler at the time, that a little sewing mouse lived in there and kept the machine working for me. She was so adorable, she'd leave bits of cookies and things on the machine for "Miss Mousy." It was a wonderful time...

When I was ten, I painted rocks. Pet rocks and rocks as paperweights. They were rocks from my yard, along the road, and on the river banks. And I loaded them into a cardboard box and walked miles in our valley, going house to rural house, knocking on doors and asking (very nice) people if they wanted to buy my rocks. I would walk miles between houses, and usually get…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 14
  • Joined November 18, 2012

Favorite materials

Quality cottons, wool, natural fibers, alpaca, mohair, soft, fuzzy, vintage, fun, elegant, casual, textures

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DarlinGirlCreations
Sculptural Needle Felt Art Dolls, Wool...

About

I grew up sewing and crafting, nearly every craft or art medium I could get my hands on. My mom taught me to sew on her vintage Singer, one of those beautifully curved black shiny machines with the gold lettering. It had a 1950's wood sewing table with a little "trap" door. I convinced my baby sister, a toddler at the time, that a little sewing mouse lived in there and kept the machine working for me. She was so adorable, she'd leave bits of cookies and things on the machine for "Miss Mousy." It was a wonderful time...

When I was ten, I painted rocks. Pet rocks and rocks as paperweights. They were rocks from my yard, along the road, and on the river banks. And I loaded them into a cardboard box and walked miles in our valley, going house to rural house, knocking on doors and asking (very nice) people if they wanted to buy my rocks. I would walk miles between houses, and usually get some wonderful homemade treats or cold drinks. And I usually sold out of rocks. I did this for a couple summers, and it made me very excited about being an artist and crafter selling my own wares! At the age of twelve, when I wasn't practicing pen and ink sketches or learning to crochet, I was preoccupied with saving up my allowance until I could afford a "grown up" mail order course on dressmaking. I was able to buy it, and was very soon altering, mending and tailoring clothes for family and friends. My sister and I would sit for hours with pencil and paper and draw all our dream designs.

By fifteen, I was developing my own clothing patterns, making men's, women's and kid's clothing, reconstructing/repurposing old clothing into new creations and crocheting household decor and accessories...and a number of teddy bears, octopi and other fun creatures.

After I was married in the early 1980s, we moved to Las Vegas, where I made custom clothing for my husband's work associates and friends, and was hired as a seamstress/dressmaker at several boutiques, including at The Fashion Show Mall. In the mid 80s I opened ZigZags, my own small shop in Washington State, where I made many wedding, prom and teen dresses. In the early 90s, my life took another path, and I became a professional writer, which helped me survive a divorce and relocation. And my crafts and hobbies became very important to me, and I learned a lot of different types, and their histories, for writing research, and for my own enjoyment.

And now, in great part due to Etsy, I've come back to handmade creativity, and sharing items that make people feel good and want to smile! I am able to focus on what I've learned in textile arts and from years of crafting and artistic endeavors, and with the creative juices still coursing vigorously through my veins, I have a wonderful outlet here.

People ask me about my shop name, Darlin' Girl Creations. This name is a loving nod to my mother, who named me Cherie' Colleen, which she always told me meant, "Darling Girl." I thought this was appropriate, the birth of something new, with love! So Mom, this name's for you! And my joyfully created items are for all of you! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my story!

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