I was born in South Georgia to a farming family. We all had chores to do with helping around the house and on the farm. Being the oldest of five children, I had to help take care of them and help them with their chores.
When I was around 7 years old, my mother sat me down at her sewing machine and told me it was time for me to learn to sew. My feet would hardly reach the pedal. Not being very coordinated I would have the machine going backwards as much as forward. Mother would not let me give up, even though it would have been much easier for her to have sent me outside and done it herself. She knew that one day I would appreciate her effort and today I do.
By the time I was in high school I made my own clothes, not that I really wanted to take the time to do so then. Mother insisted I take home economics all four years of high school, and it proved to be a smart choice. I learned even more techniques than mother had taught me. Over the years various classes, many trials and errors have given me the ability to make what I make today. All of this, though, would not have been possible without my mother's patience to teach me and the confidence she had in me to do this.
During the summers I would go visit my grandma and granddaddy, who also lived on a farm in South Georgia. I remember grandma, saying, "Idle hands are the devil's workshop". She took the time to teach me the different crochet stitches. She could not read directions, but could look at a picture and make anything. With this process, I learned to read directions and made my first doily when I was about 14 years old. My grandma is gone, but I think of her every time I pick up a crochet hook. There have been lots of people that have helped me with techniques through the years, and I hope that I have helped some of them also.
My goal is to make affordable products that are usable and long-lasting. I love to create new designs and color layouts. All my items are hand made taking many hours of labor. It is for the love of this art that I make these things as my prices does not reflect the complete cost of labor.
I would love to make something for that special someone in your life.
I also enjoy gardening and spend a lot of time outside where I get my inspiration for many of my design ideas. The time I spend in the garden allows me to relax and enjoy the fruits of my labor. I would like to share them with you. Here are just a few of the Roses I grow in my garden.
This year my Amerille's are starting to bloom. The longer I live at my place in Keystone Heights, Florida the more gardening I get to do, so I hope to be bringing you more flowers as time goes by.