It was Christmas morning, December 25, 2014.

Christmas Train on white fireplace mantel.

I had saved the biggest box for last and grinned up at my husband.  The box was heavy and I had no idea what it could be. I ripped open the Santa Claus wrapping and came face to face with a Janome sewing machine.

Looking up at my husband's bright, expectant face stopped me from asking why I was looking down at this machine when I had absolutely no idea how to sew.

"It's wonderful, honey," I said.  "I can't wait to learn to sew."

But I could wait.  And I did.

Fast forward three years later to early Fall of 2017.  I was putting a load of laundry into the dryer and I looked up at the unopened sewing machine box that was perched on the upper laundry room shelf.

Laundry room at our house in Atascocita.

Stretching up on my tiptoes, I pulled the box down and, after three years, unboxed the sewing machine for the first time.  I figured I could sew up some simple pillow cases before I put it back in the box and left it alone for another few years.

I used the instructions in the Owner's Manual to thread the machine and try my first few stitches.  After I learned how to backstitch and sew a straight line, I thought I'd try a quick project.  I turned to YouTube and found a beginner's tutorial for keyfobs.  An hour later, I had made my first sewing craft ever:

Whimsical Key Fob Keychain made by Charlene of bear+caro

I was proud of myself.

The next day, I looked up a tutorial on how to make tote bags.  By 2am the following morning, I had these to show off:

Simple tote bags with constrasting fabric applique.

Again, super proud.

I figured if my first projects looked this good, if I spent some time honing my craft, I could become a decent seamstress.

I set up a sewing station in the front room of our house and sewed daily.  I enjoyed finding tutorials online and adding my own flair.

My first sewing station located in the corner of the front room of our house.

For the next couple of years, I began stitching my daughter's clothing and found great joy in making one-of-a-kind, wearable art.

At this point, it was 2019.  My family had moved to a larger home where I had a designated sewing room.  Fabric was coming out of my ears by this point and I found that curating my textile collection was something that really invigorated me.  

Apothecary Fabrics in the new home studio.

I decided since I adored mixing and matching fabrics to use on my home projects, I could make the transition to offering my skills to other sewists.  I opened up a wholesale accounts with Riley Blake and Art Gallery Fabrics.  My plan was to purchase one collection at a time to offer and build up my business slowly and without the use of a loan or credit.

My first orders from Riley Blake and Art Gallery Fabrics.

I made my first wholesale purchases from Riley Blake and Art Gallery.  Above, you will see my very sparse bookshelf after my first orders arrived.  It may not look like much but I was thrilled.

I created an LLC and opened my Etsy shop in October of 2019.  My focus on fast-shipping (one business day from order) and excellent customer service garnered many compliments from my customers.

fabric packages being shipped from my home studio mailbox

Since opening, I've slowly built my business and inventory and only curate the finest in textiles, notions and patterns.  I'm excited for what the future holds for Apothecary Fabrics and look forward to growing my little home-based shop!