Happy Birthday to my wonderful Mom! I wanted to take a moment today and wish a very happy birthday to the woman who taught me to sew.
That’s my mom on the left, and seventeen-year-old me in the middle! We’re at an Oktoberfest party, would you believe that my mom made the two blue dirndls, pattern and all? Isn’t she beautiful?
I inherited her excitement for fabric and love of sewing, her passion for creating, for ‘making it better yourself’ and for tackling any and every project with confidence.
This past year, I’ve tried to be more like her in my sewing adventures. She’s taught me to be patient, and take the time to perfect the little details. Now I take the time to underline, to hand-pick my zippers, to sew waist stays and make muslins. Because if you’re going to do anything, do it right. (And make it look pretty on the inside, too!)
She’s taught me that anything is possible when it comes to sewing, which is a wonderful way to approach life as well! Anything IS possible! My mother tackles all kinds of projects with the same optimism and confidence, from drywalling to electrical work to holiday baking. Seriously. This woman is unbelievable!
She even helped me renovate the entire bathroom of my first apartment, from installing a toilet (ughhhh) to painting to drywalling to lighting to flooring. She has infinite patience! And she made me believe that not only could we do it, together, but we could do it better than hiring anyone. Because the person that cares most about your own house and home, is you!
And if you thought that was cool, she also works at my favourite local fabric store (Fabricana!) and sells her own quilting patterns at funeasydesigned.com. Definitely an inspiration!
Finally, I wanted to leave you with my mother’s words of wisdom. All my life, every time I left the house, without fail my mother’s last words would be ‘Go carefully!’ Now that we’re older, we laugh about it and say ‘Go Carefully’ to each other whenever we leave a family dinner, or just on the phone.
So from my mom to you, wherever your adventures in sewing or life take you, go carefully!