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From the earliest time that I can remember, I used my hands to create things. I come from a very creative family where my mother painted and sewed not only her own clothing but she made back-to-school and holiday clothing for us five kids, too! My dad roamed the beach every day to collect shells and made some very interesting ornaments. My oldest sister is a prize-winning quilter and has had her pieces in some pretty high-level venues. My other sister is a great photographer. My brother is a furniture builder and helped my dad and brother-in-law build a home in West Virginia.

With all of the daily doses of creativity, who wouldn't be inspired to jump on board and be part of the action? I always loved to draw and then paint. As I grew older, the responsibilities of work and family were my priority and the "creative" part of me had to lie dormant for some time until...my daughter…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 20
  • Joined October 9, 2010

Favorite materials

Wool, organic cotton, buttons, beads, wood, eco friendly paints, driftwood, cashmere, yarn, ribbons, millet, lavender

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Organic, unique items that are full of heart.

About

From the earliest time that I can remember, I used my hands to create things. I come from a very creative family where my mother painted and sewed not only her own clothing but she made back-to-school and holiday clothing for us five kids, too! My dad roamed the beach every day to collect shells and made some very interesting ornaments. My oldest sister is a prize-winning quilter and has had her pieces in some pretty high-level venues. My other sister is a great photographer. My brother is a furniture builder and helped my dad and brother-in-law build a home in West Virginia.

With all of the daily doses of creativity, who wouldn't be inspired to jump on board and be part of the action? I always loved to draw and then paint. As I grew older, the responsibilities of work and family were my priority and the "creative" part of me had to lie dormant for some time until...my daughter began to attend a Waldorf school!

The rich colors, natural materials, organic environment appealed to my senses and I wanted to re-create it in my own home. I learned how to lazure, a method of painting that involves applying layers and layers of tinted beeswax glaze to create depth and a richness that you find in nature. I learned to make dolls and later, felt.

My daughter is now almost 16 and I've honed my skills and added lots more to my repertoire. I still make dolls and wall hangings, but I also find old pieces of furniture that I carefully take apart and re-assemble using only eco-friendly materials. I love how something that's been discarded and thrown away can be made into something lively, healthy, and fresh!

So, combining all of the things that I love, I've created "Mimi's Designs." You might be wondering, Mimi? Why that name? In my teens, people began calling me Mimi and it stuck. I really loved it but somewhere along the way it got dropped and I went from Janie to Mimi to Mary. I really feel that Mimi fits me and I've decided to take it back!

Today my passion is working with and for the orphans at Tashirat Orphanage in Tepoztlan, Mexico. I've been working with three teens in creating "Tash Babies" to help them learn independence and sustainability in making dolls and they love it. Several of my dolls in my shop generate income for the orphanage. $5 of each Tashirat doll goes to underwrite the expenses for one child in the orphanage.

I have been privileged to be selected as the doll maker in producing the Heavy Baby (TM) created by Trish Moony for Bella Luna.

I offer workshops for children and adults in felting and doll making. I am currently working on pattern booklets for the dolls I have designed and hope to have them finished in 2016!

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