Ever since I was little, I've been interested in crafts and decorating. So it was only natural that I'd be in business creating, crafting and sewing for others.
It all started in 1992 when a family friend taught me how to read a sewing pattern. We went shopping for fabric on a Saturday morning and I was determined to wear my first garment to church the next morning: a skirt suit! I did it! And that began my love for sewing. After making my clothes for several years, I made my first window treatment. From that moment, clothing was history! I haven't sewed a lick of clothing since.
In 1997 I started having others ask me me make draperies, pillows, bedding and other fabric items for their homes...so I opened my own business and did just that..among other things like interior design consultation, painting, faux finishing, wallpapering, personal shopping and home staging...to name a few. For 10 years I ran my business and was quite successful. But I eventually got burned out. It was labor intensive and I was a one girl gig. I needed a break. So, I shut down my business in 2006 and didn't turn my sewing machine on for the next 5 years.
During those years, I still had creative juices flowing and enjoyed lots of smaller projects for myself, including crafts as well as home improvement projects involving power tools. I've made beds, built a large fish pond with waterfall, fixed toilets, HVAC units and tiled my bathroom and kitchen.
In December of 2011 I wanted to make some pillows for Christmas. So I dusted off my sewing machine and went to town...it was like riding a bike. And I had forgotten how much I enjoyed sewing! This time I had an even new experience with it...not only was it enjoyable and gratifying...it was therapeutic! A creative outlet! I was immediately hooked again.
Since beginning to sew again, I decided to re-open my business with a new name, Plush. This time, however, I left my options open to adding more and more products instead of limiting myself to sewing for the home.
My business has evolved from local to Etsy and now to my personal online boutique. Here I have the freedom to offer all kinds of products in addition to my handmade, custom and personalized items. It's opened new doors for me and for Plush and I couldn't be more excited!