Family Influence

Today I thought I would give a little background on how I got to where I am today. I have the most wonderful family. I am the third of 4 children. I was the first girl. My dad, Pop, loved females. He wanted a sweet little feminine girl like his wife. Well, his first daughter was much more like him– outspoken, hard-headed, and not a “lady”. We always had trouble because we both thought that we were right. We may have hit heads, but I was always his “DD”, darling daughter. I only wish that I had appreciated him more when I was young.  

I did, however, get my mother’s creativity. I come from a long line of artists. In my house I have 4 generations of bluebonnet paintings. As I was growing up, I remember my mother always had some craft project going. I’m sure this drove Pop crazy because he just did not understand art. If it wasn’t business, sports or news, it was useless. I remember my mother made flowers out of tin cans. She made and decorated her own hats. She painted a mural in our living room that was  about 8’x12′. It was life-size cows drinking from a stream. Mommy, yes we all still call her “Mommy”, also made all of the girls’ clothes. We would go shopping to see the fashions, then she would make our clothes to match. I remember she also took voice lessons and painting classes.  

I learned to sew from her. I made most of my clothes for college. We had to wear “pant suits” when I was at Abilene Christian COLLEGE. No jeans and of course no shorts. I also made my wedding dress–twice. That’s a story for another time.  

As a young teacher and mother I also tried every new craft. I made decorative jar lids out of salt and flour dough. I made wonderful bulletin boards. I made beautiful clothes for both kids. They had the best Halloween costumes, although Barry may not agree. One of my biggest projects was hair bows for little girls. I made them for Megan. I made them for presents. Then I started selling them at a store in Orange. My friend, Elaine, and I went to Dallas and sold them at the Apparel Market. Then it got to be too much work for the money we made. I used that stock of ribbon for years. I think Ike finally took the last of it.  

When I was teaching Head Start, Mommy asked me what kind of creative things I was doing. I told her, “Teaching 4 year olds”. That really was a fun and creative time in my life. I retired from teaching in 2005. After 30 years I decided that I had had enough.  

Pop passed away in 2006 and I started making a weekly trip from Orange to Friendswood to help Mommy. I joined her watercolor class. I have really enjoyed painting. I also started making new things from discarded items. I rented booth space at Vintage Things in Bridge City. That was going well. I was making a selling school spirit things. And then there was Ike. We moved to Friendswood and I was in survival mode for the first year.  

During the second year I started creating again.  You can see my creations online at or at the Antiques and Crafts Mall in Pasadena: 4200 Pasadena Blvd, Suite D, Pasadena TX 77503.  

Now you know the rest of the story.  









1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Hanna Villarrubia
    Oct 24, 2010 @ 01:55:20

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