Planting, gardening, harvesting, and creating were the fabric of daily life on Darby Lane. It's where I learned to ride horses, walk up and down the long hill of our gravel driveway and get on the big yellow school bus for the first time when I started kindergarten.
In 2008, I was working part-time and needed to fill my days off so I took up the hobby of sewing. My mother had taught me the basics of a sewing machine when I was a teenager: how to load the bobbin, thread the machine, and sew straight and backstitch. When I say basics, those are as basic a set of skills as you can have to operate a beginner sewing machine. Upon graduation from high school, my mother gifted me with a simple $100 sewing machine. It was a nice gesture, but I didn’t really have much use for sewing at that time (no space in the dorm room).…