I guess you could say I stumbled into the business, but was born with the passion. I am a wife, mother, gardener, beekeeper, homesteader, and lover of all things essential to an older way of life. My business is inspired by the willow. When you want to grow a new plant from an existing plant, you take a cutting and place it in a cup of wilow water. The willow naturally produces a rooting hormone that encourages the cutting to form roots. Without the willow, this cutting would simply be a dead stick, but the hormone allows the cutting to become a new and beautiful plant. Like the willow, I take things that would otherwise be lost, strip them down, and turn them into something beautiful. I hate to see a beautiful old dress, tablecloth, window treatment thrown away just because it is out of style or considered damaged or useless. I can look through what is and see what can be. It is truly my passion to recover, grow, and gain inspiration from the world around me. I look forward to the beauty I have yet to see.
My work space is littered with antique lace, bits of reclaimed silk, and discarded buttons. But more importantly, my work space is full of hope and inspiration. I am always creating new designs and coming up with ways to connect more with people. When I sew, I cant help but imagine what the person wearing the piece will experience while wearing it. Maybe it is a bride walking down the aisle in her hand made gown that takes her groom's breath away. That same gown that she lovingly packs away in the closet of the new home she shares with her husband. Unpacking that gown when she finds out she is expecting so that she can have a christening gown made. saving that christening gown for all of her future children and grandchildren. Lovingly handing over a box of well loved scraps that hold so many memories, to her daughter who has decided to honor her mother by incorporating pieces of her mother's old wedding gown into the gown she is going to wear on her wedding day. And so on and so on until the lace, fabric, and buttons become just what they provided for so many years....a well loved memory.