#2 would have to be my Aunt Meleah. She is my Father’s sister, and she is as crafty as they come. She also has such a servant’s heart. Always serving; never complaining. I can remember going to my Grandma and Grandpa Kluesner’s house every Sunday afternoon. Aunt Meleah would always be there and have some project she was working on….knitting, making a quilt, embroidery, etc. This woman did it all. I would sometimes sit and watch her and I’m sure drive her crazy with questions. It fascinated me that she could create something so special out of cloth with her hands. I can remember sewing a big heart on one of those plastic grid thingies when I was 10 years old and being so excited to show her. She was such a role model for me.
#3 would be my Mother-in-Law, Janet. I really lucked out in the MIL department. She really is amazing, and sometimes I forget that she hasn’t been in my life all along. My first real sewing attempt was a rag quilt. She let me borrow her precious sewing machine, (which is risky when you are dealing with a newbie!) and was my go-to person for sewing related questions. “How in the world do you wind a bobbin? What is tension anyway? That’s not important, right? Why is the machine jamming every time I try to sew?” And my favorite…. “You have to oil this thing? Whoops.”
She never once tired of my questions. That Christmas she bought me my very first sewing machine of my own. She has been such a Prim & Posh supporter too. If you see her out and about, she most definitely will have one of my bags on her arm. She always takes time to look at a new bag I have created, and I really know down deep in my heart she is proud of me.
#4 would be my sister-in-law, Brandy. We married two of the most handsome brothers in this whole wide world. The thing about Brandy is, I think of her as a real sister. The very first purse I made was a pitiful looking little thing. We were meeting Brandy and Logan (my brother-in-law) at the Mansfield Covered Bridge Festival and I was pumped to take my new bag. Everyone thought it was cool, but she made such a big deal out of my little creation. She told me I was really on to something. “You could totally sell these!!” she exclaimed. She really believed in me. Every time I bring a new bag to show her she is just as excited as that first time. “You made this!??!?” is my favorite expression of hers. Her support has been strong and unwavering from the very beginning. I don’t know if I would have tried selling my bags seriously if it hadn’t been for her.
#5 would be my Mama. How do you put into words how thankful you are to your mother? It’s hard. So, here’s what I have come up with:
My mother has always been a creative soul. She was not a Susie-homemaker type. Household chores were never her forte, and that was ok. She would rather spend her time creating. I can’t really remember a time in my life that she wasn’t creating something. Paintings, mosaics, dried flower arrangements, gardening…you get the idea. She taught me at a very early age the beauty of creation. She always said that God loved us so much that he gave us the ability to create beauty just like him. Every time I sit down to create a bag, I think of that. She also has been the biggest supporter of Prim & Posh. (Moms have a tendency to do that, don’t they?) I am so thankful for her.
So that’s my top 5. There are so many more supporters out there, but these amazing ladies started it all. I am so thankful for each and every one!!