We’re always stopping to notice something fun on Georgia’s website. She’s grown Puking Pastilles into a busy place, full of inspiration and fun, with an Etsy shop by the same name. Georgia sells PDF patterns in her shop and finds time to get a lot of great sewing in, keeping her five kiddos in new capes, dresses and so much more! We’re thrilled to have Georgia here as one of our newest Sew,Mama,Sew! Board Members. She’s been hard at work, helping to make Handmade Holidays fantastic this year! Enjoy our interview with Georgia…
Sew,Mama,Sew!: How long have you been sewing?
Georgia: My mom tried to start teaching me when I was a little girl, but I distinctly remember telling her I didn’t need her help… Hah! We all made our first day of school outfits that year. I think I was nine! I made my own dresses for church in high school and then when I had kids of my own, sewing took on a whole new meaning. At any given time at least one of my kids is wearing something I made. Not only is it cheaper, but it fits better!
SMS: What do you enjoy about sewing? What are your favorite things to make?
Georgia: I LOVE making something that I would otherwise have to buy (or would never find, like a certain Super WHY! suit when the show was brand new) and then making it even better than the store bought version. I also love to make clothing, shoes, and hats for my kids. I love making my girls nice dresses for church. I don’t mind using really nice fabric and spending a little extra time on them because I know they’ll only be worn a few hours at a time and won’t get ruined! I’m a do-er, so I show love by making them nice things.
Georgia’s car seat project.
SMS: How do you find time to fit creativity (sewing and any other creative loves) into your life?
Georgia: Um, I don’t clean? Hah! No, I’m serious. With homeschool, the home business, and five kids, it is hard to find time for anything but we manage. My sewing area is right in the center of the main traffic area in our house, so even when I’m sewing I know what’s going on everywhere! Of course, our house is small so that’s a possibility.
SMS: Do you have a favorite sewing tip or skill that’s made things work better for you?
Georgia: Have a sewing area! We have a very small house considering our family size (five kids, one BIG dog, and two cats!) and we’ve still found room for a decent-sized sewing area. I have my husband and IKEA to thank for that. Without a sewing area it takes so much more time to do anything! I love being able to sit down and sew one seam at a time if that’s all I have time for. Additionally, being able to see all my fabrics at the same time is huge when planning new projects.
SMS: What’s a favorite thing you’ve made lately? Why?
Georgia: Oh boy. That’s just too hard to narrow down. It’s like saying, “Which of your children is your favorite?” Some most recent favorites are my son’s “big boy” car seat recover, the sweet pea pilot cap, a black and white car visor CD case, and my new Muse messenger bag. There are more but I always forget to take pictures. SO many things to do and not enough hours in the day, I tell you.
Georgia’s Sweet Pea Pilot Cap…
SMS: Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
Georgia: I have a semi-unhealthy obsession with Muse, a progressive British rock band. Luckily, my husband shares this passion with me so we’ve enjoyed seeing them as many times as is humanly possible for two people with five kids. I’ve even been able to sneak in my Nikon to a couple shows and have some fab photos to show for it.
I graduated from BYU in Geography, so I’d love to hear your thoughts on Chechnya or what’s left of Rwanda. It is my hope to make sure my children know the capital of Canada before they leave my house. I play the violin in our local symphony but have no time to practice so don’t watch me too closely. I love 1984 by George Orwell, the Harry Potter series (which should really go without mentioning since my website and business pays homage to my favorite characters), and most recently the Hunger Games, but I hated Mockingjay. I really should have just stopped with the first one.
We have an awesome little Etsy shop where we sell PDF sewing patterns of my own design. We were very blessed to have the shop take off at a time when we really needed it. Because of Etsy, our family survived some really tough times. I owe a big thank you to the lovely internet sewing community!