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, 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 put my hobbies to work, to go beyond being just a jack of all trades, to become a master upholsterer.
The decision to move forward with a small business was easy and it feels so comfortable - like sinking into a favorite armchair. My goal is to move through this journey maintaining the passion I have for the trade, and to achieve that, I will only accept jobs that I know I can competently complete within a reasonable timeframe for the best price I can offer.
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. Contact me if you have questions or would like to start talking about a project.