Saturday, February 13, 2010

Pollyanna Pillows

Today I launched my very first ETSY shoppe, Pollyanna Pillows! My sisters have encouraged me for years to start a blog and sew pillows, since I love to sew so much! Both of my sisters have blogs and ETSY shoppes and I hope you follow the links to see them both, you'll be happy that you did! My sister Karen has developed my blog and created my ETSY shoppe.
I think it's funny that the first pillows that are listed are heart shaped and near Valentine's Day since the very first pillow I made was a heart shaped pillow for my Grandmother who had been in the hospital on Valetnine's day. I started sewing as a kid and since I didn't have a sewing machine, I sewed everything by hand. When I married my husband, my mother-in-law gave me her very first ELNA sewing machine. She had bought it for herself back in the 50's to sew my sister-in-law and my husband some baby clothes. She took such good care of it. I have the original case, the instruction manual, even the original tools and sewing booklets. I love sewing with it and I think of her everytime I take it out of the closet. I not only sew pillows, using it, I love making quilts, too! Last year, I made a quilt to celebrate my husband's Aunt Sylvia who turned 100 last November! It featured many photos from her as a child through the years. Once I completed the marriage of the back and front, I sent it to my sister-in-law, Jan in the black hills of South Dakota. She is a quilter and has a long-armed quilting machine. She completed the quilting process and did a fabulous job! So, when I presented this heirloom quilt to Aunt Sylvia, I was able to say that it was made by me, my mother-in-law, Anne and my sister-in-law, Jan. Sadly, Sylvia passed away six months later, but her goal was always to live to 100 so she could have a fabulous party in Vegas with an accordian player, and so she did! It was a fabulous party with all of her 150 guests, accordian player and a proclamation from the Mayor of Las Vegas who declared Sylvia's birthday as Sylvia Hadlock Day and we had the document to prove it. At least she was able to blanket herself with all of the wonderful memories throughout her life everyday for six months. Now, that quilt has been passed down to her neice, Jane who was gracious enough to provide me with all of the amazing pictures of Sylvia's life.
Please visit my ETSY shoppe and take a look...and remember to BEE Happy!


Vee said...

Karen sent me over to welcome you to the land of Blog. I know that you're going to love it here. I've checked out your Etsy charming and pretty with all the heart shaped pillows. Enjoy blogging, I'm sure that you will as Blogdom is an amazing place.

Ann said...

Hi Lynne,

Your pillows are beautiful! I too love to sew and I started sewing as a kid making everything by hand. My first machine was an old Elna and twenty years ago I got a Singer and it still runs like brand new.

Congratulations on your Etsy shop. I've been wanting to open a shop for a while and just haven't gotten around to it. I sell lots of things at various festivals.

Welcome to blog land...I'm fairly new to blogging, but, it's fun and I love reading other blogs. I get inspired by so many talented people!


Kdottie Designs said...

Hi Lynne ~ Karen sent me to see you and so glad she did! Love your pillows. Congratulations on your Etsy shop!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

What a lovely blog and your sister Karen is one of my all time inspirations.

Welcome and best of luck on your pillows they are darling.

I love the hearts so fun!


Terri Morse said...

Hi Lynne! Welcome to blogland! The name of your blog lists three of my favorite things. Your quilt is beautiful. I love quilting too. I've even managed to infect my sister with the bug! Congratulations on the opening of your Etsy store and your new blog. I wish you much success. I love hearts, and your pillows are lovely. Happy Valentine's Day! Hugs, Terri

Kathleen Grace said...

I came over from Karens to say hello and welcome to blogging. I wish you much success with your etsy shop. You do beautiful work:>)