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   I was eight when my mother bought a Holly Hobby toy sewing machine for me and she taught me how to make my first patchwork pillow. Through the years, our projects together advanced, and I graduated to using her sewing machine unsupervised. In high school, I made my own prom gown out of scrap materials that I begged my mom to let me have. ( I was Andie from Pretty in Pink except in shimmering aqua blue!) Three decades later, life repeated itself,  when I sewed my own wedding gown - a pale blue sheath with white guipuire lace overlay and a bustled blue bow repurposed from a thrift store gown. 
   Growing up, we lived in an early 1900s Queen Anne-style fixer-upper home, and I frequently served as my dad's assistant as he sawed, hammered, drilled...
   From those hands-on experiences, if I had an idea for something, I created it with what I could find - whether textile or wood. (You can kind of see where this is going.)
   Settling down later in life, I nested like a mad woman - sewing lined drapes with hand-beaded trim, refinishing furniture, refurbishing lamps, and reupholstering bargain finds. (You can see some in my portfolio under For Fun.) I enjoyed many of these projects with Mom at my side, still offering tips when needed. After much encouragement from her, my husband, family and friends, I decided to pursue my own business doing the things that I truly enjoy doing. 
   To close, I appreciate that you've taken the time to visit my site and learn about me and my business. Browse around some more and visit often for updates. 
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