"I am a full time nanny to 7 year old triplets (plus my daughter), mommy, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and like a lot of moms moonlight as a chef, cab driver, organizer, scrapbooker, crafter and photographer. I have always wanted to find a hobby but, unlike my husband who has no problem finding hobbies, I struggled to find something I enjoyed or had the time for. I realized about a year ago that I’d like to try and sell what I already love to do. In January a friend convinced me to try out a craft fair where I received some custom orders. Since that day I realized how much I really enjoy it, not just because it gives me the opportunity to be creative and be a part of an amazing community of talented women, but also the gratification I get from the positive feedback of those who have purchased and love my products. My daughter enters kindergarten this coming fall and I am looking forward to diving into my new found hobby and keeping myself artistically challenged while she’s in school. So here goes nothing. I am launching my ETSY shop and I couldn't think of a better way to get started. "
"It all started when I was a little girl… My love for fabrics and sewing came from my mom who used to hand make everything from cross-stitch pictures, to knitted blankets, to sweet frilly dresses for Christmas. She always had some sort of needle, thread or basket of fabric around for me to play with. From there, I started learning simple crafts to give as gifts when I was in high school…any excuse to pinch a penny! I always knew that a homemade gift was personal and hopefully a bit cherished by my loved one.
After years of sewing on my mom’s sewing machine, she finally bought me one for my 30th birthday a few years ago. Once I got it up and running, my fingers haven’t stopped! I began making baby onesies, bibs, and what-not, and have now added some gift ideas for the moms and women in our lives. I kid you not, every time I enter a fabric store, my heart starts beating really fast because I’m so excited to get to work!
So here we are today…my little business is small, but mighty (I like to say). I have been married for over 5 years to my sweet Dave (a high school teacher) and am a stay-at-home mom (like so many of you amazing mothers out there). My main job is raising and hangin’ with my little man, Simon. He’s 3 years old and a lil’ firecracker like his mama. But we are quite the team…he sits across from me with play dough in hand, or plays his drums while I have fabric sprawled across my living room floor. It works…we get to be together, so that’s all that matters.
The future?…I’ll probably ALWAYS be working with fabric like my mom. “It’s in the blood,” she says. The best part is that my mom is going to leave a legacy to us girls, and to all her grandchildren. She’s made hundreds of quilts for people…family, children, strangers, and even for the homeless in local shelters. I hope to leave the same for those I love. Thanks, mama!"