about sara•n•dipity

I am a mom of two great kids, wife of a professional musician, daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, aunt, cousin, friend, public relations professional, traveler, volunteer, passionate crafter, artist and maker of "stuff."

As long as I can remember, I have had a passion for creating useful art. There was the decoupage painted box era and then there was the decorated watering can era, the mosaic era and then there was . . . well, too many to recount here without boring you to tears. The point is, I am happiest and my truest self when I'm creating.

I sold my "stuff" at local art markets and shops in and around Milwaukee, Wisconsin for many years. My family relocated to Topanga, California just a few years ago, so I am now selling "stuff" in California, and of course, on Etsy too.

A little more about my creative journey . . .

I decided to teach myself to sew. Now mind you, I do NOT come from a bloodline of sewing women. My paternal grandmother knit beautifully, but most of the influential women in my life were brilliant concrete thinkers. Not much right brain activity going on there. I have fond and funny childhood memories of my mom's utter frustration and spewed choice words when she had to get out the needle and thread to fix my brother's and my clothes. To be fair to my mom, when she became a grandmother, she did sit and paint and make great arts and crafts keepsakes with my daughter. We used to laugh that glue, pom poms and popsicle sticks were her materials of choice.

Anyway, back to sewing. Fifteen years ago, I bought a beginner Singer® sewing machine, and so it began. My inspiration was my talented girlfriend who made modern quilts from bright fabrics. She took me to a quilt store, and I was hooked. The fabric! It was amazing. The colors were so gorgeous. I made my first simple quilt. It was crooked. It was lumpy. It wasn't entirely sewn closed so the batting popped out. But, it was mine! After that, I became a serious fabric junky -- using any excuse to buy just one more fat quarter to add to my growing stash. Since then, I've made more than 30 quilts for my family and friends. I give them in celebration of marriages, babies, birthdays, wellness, new beginnings and much more. I've also scoured the quilt and fabric magazines and figured out how to appliqué and do all sorts of nifty things involving sewing and funky fabric.

My same girlfriend gave me a pair of knitting needles and some great yarn as sympathetic "creative therapy" after my mom passed away. That summer, I went on a knitting frenzy. I made big hats and little ones. Striped scarves and embellished ones. Too many to keep -- and so many to share! My husband was worried, but that was the best therapy anyone could have offered me, and I'm so pleased that something tangible (and shareable) came out that  profoundly sad experience in my life.

The definition of serendipity is: 1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. 2. good fortune; luck.

That is exactly how I create. It's truly serendipity. Or in my case, it's sara•n•dipity. I hope you enjoy my "stuff" as much as I enjoy making it. If you do choose to order something from me, please know that everything is created with the highest quality materials and lots of love. Thank you for stopping by.

-- Sara