I have so enjoyed getting to know people on the web and I would like you to know a little about me too. Around the age of 10 my mother taught me to sew, before long I was pretty good at it. Coming from a working class family this skill went a long way in helping to dress myself and and my two little sisters.
I was voted best dressed girl in my High School, well that was not to hard, we only had 35 people in my graduating class..
In my early married days I made all of my clothes and my husband even let me make a few things for him. I remember making his ties, wow what colors I would use. We thought he look fantastic. I even conquered making his slacks, it took me a while to get use to putting in pockets and the zippers before even starting on the pants themselves. Boy, am I glad I don't do that anymore.
I worked for AT&T, got busy with life, and my sewing machine was put on the top shelf of the closet and then sold at a garage sale. I work as an accounting manager for thirty years and retired in 1996, In 1997 I opened an 11,000 square foot antique mall and kept it for the next ten years. I sold that business, thinking I wanted a break but didn't know what to do with myself. I was floundering out there and my friend Lynne who made her living on the sewing machine. ( A 1960 singer to be exact) encouraged me to start sewing again. And would not quit prodding and poking me until I tried my hand at sewing again. I did not think I could just pick up where I left off thirty years before, but I did.
I bought a $99 machine from Walmart and I was off and running. Oh, how I love fabric and creating. Now I have upgraded my sewing machine and there are not enough hours in the day to make all of the things in my head and the ideas just keep coming. I have
discovered a whole new life. I tried my hand at Ebay and Etsy.. Then I saw an ad in Romantic Homes for "Shabby Lane Shops". I loved the concept and decided to open my online store, "Mrs. Charlotte's Boutique". It has been hard and probably the most challenging thing I have ever done. But I love every minute of time I spend making my boutique items and selling them out of my store.
I do however take the time to enjoy my home and I am always decorating and re-decorating. Sewing comes in handy for make frequent changes to my decor.
I am married to wonderful man, Tony, his passion is the outside of the house. His yard. I have posted pictures of his wonderful landscape in my Picture Gallery. If you have the time check them out. It is just beautiful.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me.