Hello! I’m so happy you stopped by. My name is Em. I have two little girls and they are my full time job by day. After they are snuggly tucked in bed for the night, then it’s time for “me time.” With a cup of tea and the purr of Tori, my sewing machine, I’m a happy lady.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m also a happy lady during the day, but raising two very busy, small children is no easy task and I appreciate those quiet moments to myself after they are asleep just as much as I appreciate the laughter and the mess and the general ruckus that defines my days.
My mother taught me to sew when I was a child; I can’t remember the exact age. I do remember a specific time when I saw a dress I loved in a store: red, with a black peter pan collar and black cuffs at the sleeves. I was shocked at how expensive it was and my mom said, “Why don’t you make one?” The next think I knew, we were in the fabric store, choosing fabric and searching for a pattern similar to the dress I loved.
From that time forward, I mostly just dabbled in sewing. The first Christmas after I was married, my mother and my mother-in-law bought me a basic sewing machine, which I used mostly for home decor (throw pillows, curtains, other things that involved straight lines) and the occasional mending or hemming job. When my older daughter was born, I fell in love with babywearing and soon discovered the DIY Forum on thebabywearer.com. I made a mei tai. Then I made another one. Then I started making them for friends and have now made nearly 50 mei tais.
Making baby carriers ignited my passion for sewing, and it is now my creative outlet and my escape. My interests have grown far beyond sewing baby carriers to clothing, bags, and I also recently started some quilting. At least several times a week, I tuck the girls into bed, make myself a cup of tea, and retreat to my sewing room, where I unwind with fabric and thread.