We love Autum’s creativity. She can take something old and make it sing again, teach a new sewing project with ease and she can even instill confidence in you as you install zippered pockets. Autum blogs at creative little daisy and we’re thrilled she’s joining us as a Sew,Mama,Sew! Board Member. Board members join our planning team for several months, lending the blog their expertise and innovation so we can continue to make this one of your favorite places to visit! Welcome, Autum!

SMS: How long have you been sewing?
Autum: I grew up around sewing, but never had any interest until about seven years ago. I took up sewing because I couldn’t afford to buy new curtains or bedding every time I had a whim to change things up around the house. I started out making some simple curtains for my kitchen, soon after it led to purses made from place mats. Remember those? I think the biggest hurdle to overcome for me, was feeling comfortable with my sewing machine. To begin with, running out of bobbin thread, or a needle breaking, seemed like a major problem and was frustrating enough to discourage my desire to sew. Once I was comfortable with the basic workings of my machine, sewing was an enjoyable process.

SMS: What do you enjoy about sewing?
Autum: I’d have to say it’s the feeling of accomplishment that comes from making something useful with my own hands.

SMS: What are your favorite things to make?
Autum: I most enjoy projects that come together quickly and are easy to handle.

SMS: How do you find time to fit creativity (sewing and any other creative loves) into your life?
Autum: If you had asked me that question four months ago, I would have had a very different answer. It was easy to find time to be creative because my children were in high school and college. In April my first granddaughter was born and I care for her while her mom works. These days free time is measured in minutes not hours and is better spent doing things like eating or running to the bathroom. I wouldn’t have it any other way, my sewing machine is patient and will be there. Right now, playing with Bayleigh is more important.

SMS: Do you have a favorite sewing tip or skill that’s made things work better for you?
Autum: I’d love to say I have some new and unique skill or tip, but the longer I sew, the more I find it’s the old tried and true methods that work the best. Press every seam you sew, it makes all the difference in the appearance of your final product. Pinning is no fun, but it saves you lots of time seam ripping in the end. Go ahead and pin. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to try new things. For so long I avoided any thing that required a zipper, but once I tried it, I learned zippers are no big deal.

SMS: What’s a favorite thing you’ve made lately?
Autum: Oh, it would have to be the glider I found on Craiglist. It had some sad flat little cushions, but the frame was in perfect condition. I bought thicker foam to make new cushions and covered them with some great Amy Butler and Anna Maria Horner fabric. Now I have a pretty place to rock my favorite girl.

SMS: Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
Autum: I’m a wife, mom and new grandma. I enjoy all things domestic, except cooking, and doing laundry. I don’t enjoy cooking or laundry or mopping. Other than that, I’m a regular Martha Stewart. I also don’t like cleaning windows or grocery shopping. I guess I’m not very domestic after all. I do enjoy sewing and finding creative and inexpensive ways to decorate my house.