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I was born with a love of art.
I learned to sew in 4-H. My first project was a floor length skirt in a gold calico pattern that only an 11 year old could love. And oh, how I loved that skirt! I started painting in high school. I enrolled in every creative writing class I could find in both high school and college. As an adult I took up gardening. To me, it was just another form of art with the garden bed serving as a blank canvas.
In 2009, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. I read how creative pursuits could help with some symptoms of the disease and I decided it was time to start some new projects.
I bought a cheap sewing machine for about $80. I wasn’t sure if I’d stick with it and I was afraid to invest any more money than that.
Despite its cheap price tag though, the Brother XL2600I was a pretty decent machine. It sewed through multiple layers of fabrics and has 25 different stitch possibilities which was 24 more than I’d ever had before!
I’m not sure why I chose to start making purses and tote bags except that they were something I would use and they were fairly small projects that would give me an immediate sense of accomplishment. I soon became a purse pattern junkie. The fabric store was, and is, someplace I could spend hours just browsing. I love putting different fabrics together with different patterns. Before long I had more purses, or “WhackySacks” as I call them, than any one person could possibly use.
I started venturing into other projects. I began making “WhackyCats” and table runners, rug mugs and quilted bookmarks. I took up crocheting, another old hobby from my early days. I found an old table in our barn and I did a “crazy paint” job on it. That paint project led to more paint projects. The projects started to build up. Those I didn’t like went back to the scrap bin or the Goodwill donation box. That was when I found Etsy and opened the WhackyShack shop. I loaded it with all of my favorites.