I’ve always felt the need to create.
When I was 7 years old, I designed outfits for my paper dolls, complete with the little tabs that folded over their shoulders, barely holding the dresses onto the dolls.
At 9 years old, I wanted to be a fashion designer. I had a Trapper Keeper folder crammed full of fabric designs and outfits I drew with crayons. I loved when ladies’ shoes matched their handbags, and I drew pictures of women with sunhats and giant shoulder pads (weren’t the 80s great?). I still can’t believe I threw away that folder.
When I was 11, my best friend and I designed and built an entire office — including small kitchen appliances — out of paper, cardboard, tape and markers, and then played office for hours. I think that’s where my coffee addiction began.
In college, I asked my mom to show me how to sew a pillow, and a whole new world of crafts opened up to me. I fell in love with every part of the sewing process — coming up with a project idea. Picking out the fabric (ohhh, my favorite part). Watching my idea become a reality as small, seemingly-random pieces come together to create something beautiful. And, finally, someone actually being able to use what I make.
My early sewing days went hand-in-hand with my hippie phase and my dirt-poor-college-kid phase, so I learned to appreciate thrift-store finds, old linens and donated clothes. I paid for my Phish concert tickets by selling patchy purses and altered clothing in the parking lot. I spent hours and hours working at my sewing machine, and I loved every second of it.
Over the years, my thrift-store, vintage, someone-else’s-trash-is-my-treasure mentality has expanded to include furniture and other household items. For me, it’s more meaningful than simply having something that nobody else has; my love of vintage and homemade things stems from knowing there is a history, a soul, a story, a mystery to the piece that I now own.
In a world where we can get anything we want brand new in the blink of an eye (or the click of a mouse), it’s nice to occasionally take a moment to create something yourself or appreciate a piece that was built before you were born. I created this blog so that I, too, can share my creations and finds with you.