(My Mom is in the stripes on the right and on the left is my Aunt Karen.)
But lately I've been thinking that I also had another important source of inspiration when growing up. He was my Dad.
(Me and Daddy at the beach.)
Even though my Dad did not sew he did do something else that was unique. He made turkey callers. At this point some of you may think "I never knew there was such a thing." But I assure you, there is! And my Dad made great ones. In fact, because I grew up hearing him "tune" his "callers" all the time I feel pretty confident in my ability to get a "caller" to sound like a turkey. During my childhood my Mom and Dad marketed my Dads callers for a time. I even went with my parents to turkey caller conventions. There are such things I tell you! I also remember sitting in my Dad's shed area where he crafted his callers. My job was to help sweep up the cedar chips on the floor. (This also makes me think that I have learned so many things from my parents about how to be a good parent but that's another story for another blog entry.)
My Dad's creativity and willingness to sell his callers is where I draw some encouragement to try and sell some of the things I sew and create. So I had not only one great parent who inspired me to create, but two! I am so grateful for my parents and all the gifts they have given me over the years, including the gift of creativity and ingenuity. Momma, Daddy, Thank you and I love you!