Many years ago I took home economics in 7th grade. Every girl took home ec. back then. We made an A-line skirt with a waist band and a zipper. I loved my teacher, the classroom, and the new skill of imagining and constructing using a sewing machine. All these years later, I am still imagining and making things from fabrics I find exciting and fun. In honor of my father who not only taught me to see the art in life as well as his entrepeneurial genes, I return to my girlhood last name, Galperin
I have been making decorative pillows since my earliest sewing years, and recently I moved making all new friends who asked me to make them pillows. Happily obliging, I made many pillows from all kinds of fabrics. I love fabric. Every pillow was a labor of true love. My new friends encouraged me to start selling pillows on line and then the Universe sent me a sign. While shopping at a favorite old fabric store, I overheard the owner lamenting about the closing the 75 year old store." What would become of all the fabric samples? " I asked. "Fate unknown" she replied sadly and with tremendous regret at the thought. We negotiated for a few weeks and on Valentine's Day,my husband and I took two van loads of fabric neatly boxed up home.
With both feet, I have jumped into the ocean of online sales. It's a very swift current and I'm swimming as fast as my inexperienced e-commerce brain will allow. But all the while, I am having a wonderful time designing pillows from rescued fabric and feeling especially good about repurposing in our world of conscientious consumers.