Drawing, sewing and spinning tales were simply a part of my life as a child. My mom and I would sit for hours, poring over books on historical fashions for some super detailed Halloween costume I wanted, or finding patterns for quilt blocks from the 1850s and trying to make them. I loved what we made, but I loved learning the history just as much, and I would make up stories to go along with whatever I was making. I love to think that the things I create might spark that kind of passion in another young soul.
I grew up in a little gray house in Upstate New York, surrounded by enough trees and fields to make playing Laura Ingalls Wilder and Anne Shirley very easy. My little brother and I spent our summer days swimming and climbing trees and getting up to the kinds of mischief kids who grow up in the woods are apt to, and evenings picking beans and snap peas from my dad's vegetable garden. Some of them even made it into the house before we ate them. When I was nine or so, my mom began making clothes for my American Girl doll, and I started learning right along with her. Soon we were making quilts as well, and eventually every bed in our house had handmade quilt laid over it.
When it was time to make college plans, I packed my bags and ventured to the midwest where I was lucky enough to be able to work on a BFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, Art History and Creative Writing at the Kansas City Art Institute, and also take a little jaunt to Paris for a summer study abroad course in 2010, which is the year I graduated. I was again lucky enough to have a slew of teachers who were not only brilliant themselves but encouraged me to pursue my own unique and very broad set of interests. I spent my summers back in New York, working at our town library in the Youth Services department where I fell in love with teaching, and took a job as a preschool teacher when I graduated. At the same time, I started my own little handmade business on Etsy, where I was overwhelmed by the talent, the generosity and the knowledge I found in the handmade community.
Four years later, I'm so grateful to be able to expand my business, to have amazing customers who continue to support my work, and people in my life who are, simply, the best. Currently, when I'm not in my studio, I work as a teaching assistant at The Wildwood School, an amazing place in upstate New York for kids and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurological disabilities and plan on pursuing a masters degree in Library Science, so I can continue to share my love of books and storytelling but also serve my community in the myriad of ways only a librarian can.
But this business, this process, this making of things for others is where my heart is, and will continue to evolve and grow no matter where life takes me. Thanks for visiting, for taking the time to get to know me, and I hope you find something here that makes you smile.
"Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These are our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves."