Sharing the little things that mean something...

My name is Lorin. I am a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister, an auntie, a friend, an artist. I believe in God, tradition and sharing the little things that mean something. I believe in making things by hand. I believe in sharing stories from the past with my children. I believe in the comfort of family. I believe in my creativeness. Eleven years ago my mom taught me how to sew on her antique Singer sewing machine. At that time, a new chapter in my story began...
As a child, my bed was always made with vintage chenille bedspreads. My mom had a linen closet full to choose from...pink with polka dots, white with scrolls, peach with flowers, yellow with lines, cream with tufts, green with circles. There was something about the way they felt. The stories that traveled with them. I adored them. When my kids were born, I started collecting bedspreads for their rooms at local flea markets, estate sales and antique stores. I found that many were in perfect condition and many were damaged, but there was a pull at my heart to take them home anyway. Little did I know, at that time, that I was preparing for a dream I hadn't yet dreamt. Within a few months, my son was ready to sit up in the grocery cart. I wanted a grocery cart cover for him but I didn't love the ones in the store. This would be the first big project at the sewing machine with my mom. We created a pattern and used pale blue striped chenille. A few years later, my kids grew older and I spent more time at the sewing machine. I spent even more time collecting vintage fabrics and linens. One day, I saw my daughter toddling around and I felt she needed a little friend to carry everywhere with her. The first "Hugger" I made was a lopsided, fuzzy, pink cat. I look at it now and smile. It wasn't quite the vision I had but over time, and many attempts, it became exactly like I saw it in my heart. Then, my friend's daughter was losing a tooth and she wanted a tooth fairy pillow. I took my tooth fairy idea to the Singer. I hand stamp the word TOOTH on each small pocket. The more I started sewing with vintage chenille, the stronger I felt about only using the bedspreads that had been damaged over time. I couldn't bring myself to cut into a perfect bedspread that had made it through so many years without being damaged. So, the good ones got tucked away in my linen closet and now they cover my daughter's bed and I feel such joy in my heart as I pass by her room. It reminds me of home.
Earlier this year, my mom gave me her Singer Sewing Machine. With it came the original box of tools, manual and attachments. And to top it all off...she had the original receipt in the box!! This receipt has been folded up in the box for almost 57 years! The sewing machine was bought on August 1, 1959 in Burbank. My mom was 13. My grandpa, Charles, paid $107.18 cash. My grandparents were not wealthy. This was a very expensive purchase for them. I wish I could ask them, but I would assume that this was a practical gift that they felt my mom could use for a very long time. And she did. I often think about how happy they would feel now that it has become such an important part of my life. I cannot express in words how blessed I feel to sew my vintage pieces on my mom's vintage machine. It is where it all began. From the first time that I put my foot on the peddle and the needle started moving, to now...
A few years later...and I have added Vintage Hymnal Page Signs from church books dating back to 1896.  There are hand typed recipe signs that have been added. Vintage Scrabble Signs were created and have a whimsical twist that makes them unique. I am a creative.  I am a vintage lover. And I will forever pass on these special, nostalgic pieces of history for you and yours.

So here I am...I am on this journey. I am exactly where I am meant to stay. I have a built a handmade business around my love for all things well loved with time. My hope is that you or someone special to you finds a place for these one-of-a-kind, sweet pieces of the past...

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