I was eight years old when my mother taught me to sew. We worked together with needle and thread on my great grandmother's sewing table, a family heirloom that had witnessed many beautiful fabrics over the decades. I don't recall what we made that day, but I do remember that it was the summer, and that I was happy. To this day, I've always known that I'd want to pass on that happiness, that internal energy to create something handmade and special, on to others.
Flash forward to 2012 when I started Lilly James Co., a specialty sewing business based in our beautiful hometown of Paso Robles, Calif. Named after my children, my home-based shop specializes in handmade sewing projects made with love. In fact, these pieces are often crafted in between Play-Doh sessions with my daughter, volunteer days at my son's classroom and Crockpot creations for the hubby.
It's all a balancing act for sure, but whether I'm making a thoughtfully crafted baby blanket or a chic date night clutch, what started out as a family hobby has now become a passion that I'm delighted to share with you.
My love for creating one-of-a-kind pieces is what drives me to be who I am and what I do. Every. Single. Day. Thank you for being a part of that.
Now enough about me. Let's get to the fun part where I make something you'll love to call your own!