SeeJaneCJaneSew

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Seattle, Washington

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Announcement    Welcome to SeeJaneCJaneSew! Thank you for stopping in to look around. Here you will find practical, durable, everyday items that are made to last and look great. I hope your browsing and shopping is a great experience. I love what I do and hope you do too.

Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Also, please follow me on Instagram: @cjanesew and on Facebook: CJane Sew

Thanks and have fun! - CarissaJane

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Last updated on Oct 31, 2019

Welcome to SeeJaneCJaneSew! Thank you for stopping in to look around. Here you will find practical, durable, everyday items that are made to last and look great. I hope your browsing and shopping is a great experience. I love what I do and hope you do too.

Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Also, please follow me on Instagram: @cjanesew and on Facebook: CJane Sew

Thanks and have fun! - CarissaJane

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About SeeJaneCJaneSew

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Where did you come from?

I think this starts with my Great Gramma Gertie. And thankfully all the women after her who carried on the family tradition of sewing, quilting, crafting and creating. Gertie was an incredibly tiny woman and as I remember it, seeing as I was just a tiny child, a very very very old woman. But bursting with pep, personality and energy. She could make amazing paper dolls, animals, anything out of newspaper she carried in her bag and it seemed like magic. Our Christmas tree was adorned with tiny and fascinating ornaments she had sewn or crafted and her house was full of crocheted, knitted and sewn animals, pillows, spreads, you name it. As a child her small apartment felt a bit like a time warp and we loved to go see her. Although she is long passed, my Christmas tree still lingers with a few of her ornaments and my spirit certainly lingers with her creative soul.

It's funny how you can point to key players in your life and see exactly how they impacted your person.

My Great Aunt Suzy was strange (from my childhood point of view). She raised goats, drank fresh goat milk (which I hated), wore only rubber boots and her house smelled funny and I always thought it would be weird to see someone like her at the mall or anywhere off the farm for that matter. But I liked her and liked to go to her house. She was creative and her house, like Gertie's, was full of fascinating things to look at. I wanted to be able to make things like her too.

As I grew I was more directly impacted through my grandmas and my mom because I had an opportunity to learn from them. They all sewed, embroidered, knitted, crocheted, crafted, quilted and cross stitched. The baby blankets I make were originally made by my paternal Grandma Cheryl and I am so happy to carry on that tradition. She was wonderful and even the other grand kids would admit that I was her favorite. :)

My maternal Grandma Mary was always creating from being an amazing wedding cake maker to ceramics to knitting to making funny little trains out of lifesavers candy for Christmas Bazaars. In my teens I was lucky that she lived with us so I could pick her brain about all the things she knew. I never made a pie pastry or cake without getting tips and recipes from her and she passed on all of her tools to me. She helped me learn to knit and crochet and I can make a pretty mean washcloth because of that. She was a maker in her heart.

And then there is my mom...who embodies all the creative spirit of these lovely women and gives me something to aspire to all the time! She can sew anything and has been a maker all my life. When I was little she made stick horses and sold them at little shops and local bazaars. It was so much fun to see my mom having a small business and I loved it when she would pack our Volkswagen van with stick horses for a late night delivery to Salish Lodge especially if I got to go. Or when they would pick up giant bags of stuffing from a local jacket manufacturing warehouse and pack the van around us kids. My mom sewed our clothes and it was awesome. I'm not sure how I pulled off neon alligator lightening bolt print pants with a goldenrod t-shirt and matching alligator vest but I did! I rocked it out. What I learned from my mom was to believe I was capable and to try. She was always sewing something new, trying a new pattern, exploring a new technique or tackling a tougher quilt. And she is good...like really good...she can pick something up and just accomplish it with what looks like little effort. So I learned to be brave, to believe I could learn new things and that I had the skills and talent to do it and I also learned to be a stickler for quality and finishing. Although she probably wouldn't say this, everything she sews is impeccably finished and that has left a very lasting impression on me. Even if you have to seam rip for an hour or start over, it is better to do the job right.

So I go forward, trying my best to instill all of these wonderful virtues in my own daughter. Be brave, believe you are capable and have integrity in what you do.

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  • Carissa

    Owner

    I have the loveliest life and am so thankful for all I have! I'm the mom to an absolutely wonderful teenage daughter and have an enormously supportive partner in crime. I LOVE soccer, gardening, BBQing, family time, DIY projects & of course sewing.

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