I am very blessed to have been married to my
sweet husband for 18 years now. We have two wonderful children ages
As long as I can remember, I have loved
smocking. My mom is from England, so she always dressed me in
smocked dresses when I was a child. It was quite a big event every
Easter when we would go to Polly Flinders and pick out a new smocked dress for
Even as a child, I always loved to sew and
create. I didn't begin to sew clothing though until I was a teenager in
college. I was working at a bank, going to school and needed
to dress like I had money......even though I certainly wasn't making much of
it! So I started sewing dresses for work. Then as my friends
had children, I started sewing for them. When I got married and had
children of my own, my love of smocking was rekindled.
I didn't know anyone who could smock so I
searched the internet for any information I could find. I ended up
teaching myself through trial and error.
Then as my children got older and my love of
the art increased, I realized my kids could never wear all of the creations I
was envisioning. So I created Dandelion Avenue.
Why Dandelion Avenue?
Well, I was driving
down the road, letting my mind wander, (as it often does) and I was trying to
think of what I could call my "business." I saw a patch
of dandelions on the side of the road. I always LOVED dandelions. As a child, I loved blowing them to determine whether
someone loved me, or loved me not! Then for some
reason, I thought, "Why not Dandelion Avenue?"
It reminds me
that as a child, we tend to see the beauty in things, and people.
Then sadly, as we grow up and get more cynical, the beautiful dandelion
somehow turns into just an old, unwanted weed. This difference in our
perspective is a reminder of the Biblical passage in Matthew 18:1-4, where the
disciples came to Jesus and asked Him, "Who then is greatest in the
kingdom of heaven?" And calling a child to Himself as an example of the
simplicity of faith and humbleness of spirit, He said, "Whoever then
humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of
I pray I never lose the child in me to recognize the
beauty in all people and all things that God has created.