Okay, so the truth is, I have been holding back on you. I can sew. Please don’t tell anyone! It is a secret because I find that if you tell people that you sew, they always want you to do their mending and hem their pants. Truthfully, this is not the sort of stuff I like / want to sew and I have a hard time saying no because it really is simple for me… It is just that don’t enjoy it.
What I love to do is projects! I like picking out fabric, making a pattern and sewing up something from my own imagination when the mood strikes me.
When I was first out of school I worked in a dry cleaner’s as a seamstress, so I was a professional seamstress at one time. More than this, I can draft patterns, tailor a man’s suit jacket and sew things as complex as a wedding dress. I had very accomplished teachers!
Anyway, a while ago, my friend D mentioned that she needed a crate for her dog and on Sunday a rescuer friend L gave me a heads up about a crate for $10 at the Salvation Army, so I skipped down and picked it up. I decided to pretty it up as a Christmas gift. I made a cover, a cushion and two matching little blankets.
I think this beats a Christmas gift from the mall, hands down!
As things turned out D did not need it after all, but there was a terrible fire on King Street and a woman named Jen lost everything including her dog crate. Synchronicity?
I brought it over for her dog Riley. On the way I stopped at Pet Value on Wilson Street in Hamilton to get a few other things too. I told them what I was shopping for and they handed me a nice big bag full of treats and food! Yeah Pet Value! You really rocked the day for Riley and his mom!