How it all began!
I, Missy, was the only kid on those elementary school field trips to historical sites that truly couldn't wait for the stories told by reenactments. That was only emphasized by my parents who engrained in me the importance of family and preservation. I can remember their antique business when I was a child. We would go to auctions, estate sales, and thrift stores searching for treasures that others might have overlooked. We never had new furniture or bedding. It was Capodimonte lamps and handmade quilts.
Once I started out on my own I was given extra furniture which just happened to be stuff from their antique business. Years later, I live in a 1864 farmhouse and still treasure those same pieces my parents started me out with.
Quilting seems like something I couldn't have avoided if I tried. My father has an undeniable love of handmade quilts. All those tiny little stitches, evenly placed, the beautiful applique, the depression fabrics. He just loves them. They are literally everywhere in my parents home. I always admired them but never understood the work that had been invested. After college, my daughter's namesake, her Great Grandmother, taught me the basics of quilting and since then I have been completely and wholly in love. Memory quilts evolved from my love of family, history, and tradition. Having the opportunity to preserve someone's greatest memories in a form that is decorative, useful, and lasting is pretty great.
As for the button jewelry...again, it finds it roots in my family. My maternal Grandmother, my daughter's second namesake, wears a brooch every day. She has worn a brooch on her shirt or collar every day since I can remember. In her room she has a doll with a large crocheted skirt covered in those brooches. It has been my gift to her every Christmas. A new brooch. In my searching for something unusual I ran across a brooch that had a vintage reverse Cameo button on it. I was struck by the unusual combination of button and brooch to create something so classically beautiful. From that Christmas on I began making her holiday brooch from buttons. Eventually I made other things from buttons.
My partner, Kristina, is a complete spaz. She loves to laugh and drag others along with her on crazy adventures. She has a new found love for gardening and a longtime love of art. In fact, she has been drawing and painting forever.
About 5 months ago her mom gave her a sewing machine and she decided to teach herself how to sew...and quilt. While determined to teach herself the basics she was offered the position with Marian David Designs.
So here we are...incredibly thankful that God has led us here.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. We would love to hear about your love affair with history at any of the upcoming craft shows we will be attending. You can find those listed at the top of our home page!
I am a simple Mom who tries to stay busy. I have two four year olds, two rescued mutts, a crazy Siamese, a roller derby addiction, and the world's greatest husband.
I have two amazing boys, five and eight years old, that keep me on my toes each and every day. In addition, I have the worlds most patient (and tolerant) husband. My world is wrapped up in those boys and I am truly blessed to have them.
I hope you enjoy the things you see. A lot of the materials I work with have been reclaimed and therefore are limited in their amounts. If you have questions, comments, or specific requests please don’t hesitate to convo me. I would love to hear from you!
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