I remember when I first held a pair of shears in my hand. I was about ten years old when my neighbor, Dorothy Jackson, asked me if I wanted to see her craft room, I jumped at the opportunity. “Yes! Of course I do.” It was at her home where I first sat down at a sewing machine. As soon as I did I had an eerie dejavu. Both of my great grandparents were immigrants, skilled tailors that had come over from Europe in the 1900’s. They made a living making coats, dresses, and suits from scratch. That was the connection!
When I tell you all I have spent the last forty-five years connected to a pair of scissors I kid you not! I sewed my way through elementary school, middle school, high school and college. When I moved from place to place, my sewing machine was always at my side. I patched pants. I could hem and mend. I loved to sew for my friends - bathrobes, curtains, pillows, you name it, let’s make it!!! I was always willing.
I loved everything about sewing. I remember looking through the pattern books when I was young. What should I make? And choosing fabrics, trims, buttons and zippers. Ohhh, the endless possibilities and so much fun. Pinning the fabric with the grain and on the fold. Does the fabric have a nap? When you’re cutting, don’t forget to trim around the notches! I enjoyed every step! I remember the first thing I made – a light blue, cotton nightgown with a yoke. I died and went to heaven! And when I wore it, I was so proud! What would I make next? I was always dreaming up my next project.
Before I was a groomer, I spent fifteen years in my sewing room when my kids were young. My love of sewing inspired me to start a home based, home decorating business. Everything was custom made by me. I have sewn for decorators, stores and my own clientele. I’ve made everything under the sun and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it! I never get tired of being in my sewing room, even today. Of course all that changed when I got a standard poodle in 2002. He was the one that opened my eyes to the grooming world.
Now, I have a new inspiration combining my two favorite things. Doggy pillows! I share with you some of my designs. In my travels I’ve been buying fabrics and trims and getting busy again in my sewing room. I love to create! Nothing makes me happier then to make something from nothing. When I have a scissor in my hand the magic happens, doing what comes naturally.