okay, I’m switching over from blogspot, so let me introduce myself.
I’m not Mimi, I’m Amanda. Mimi is a blanket. She is green, hand knit, and strangely, super scratchy– well scratchy as far as blankets go. She got mailed to us in 1989 from our great aunt right before the birth of my little sister. To my mom’s disgust, this was the blanket that my sister fell in love with. Not the super cute cuddly pink blankets that my grandma (a super talented seamstress) made or the beauties my mom crochet. No, instead she loved rubbing the corner of this odd blanket on her little nose to fall asleep which was shocking since the texture of the blanket almost hurt your hands just to pick it up. Eventually she unraveled all the corners and my father’s aunt had to make her a new one. No one ever told her there was two. She had a love affair with Mimi Green and would except no substitutes. Today she is nearing 20 years old and she still sleeps with Mimi– to her boyfriend’s chagrin of course.
No, I’m not really Mimi, but when I get behind my sewing machine I want to become her. Yeah I’m a bit rough around the edges, but loved none the less.
Having Mimi around taught me so much about life. She showed me that being gifted handmade items is a luxury. I admired Mimi because she spoke volumes about the eye of the beholder, a lesson that has become so important in my adult life. How something as simple as a green, scratchy, bordering ugly blanket made its way into a little girl’s heart was beautiful to watch.
When I gave birth to my latest son all I could think about was making him a Mimi Green. The thoughts consumed me. So many of my childhood memories had Mimi in them. The more I thought about it the more I realized that everyone needs a Mimi in their lives. We all want to feel that security that we felt with our blankies as children. I want to feel that warm, tingly, happiness all day, and damnit I deserve it!
So I got behind the machine and haven’t really gotten up from that spot since. I want to give my baby Mimi as a blanket. I want Mimi to be a super cool apron, a stylish pillow, comfy PJ pants.
Last weekend my husband worked on making my studio livable (finally!) I copied this wonderful table idea from Emily at Orange Beautiful and it is working out quite perfectly. One side for cutting, the other for sewing. Oh and a place for my seven year old Noah to furiously work on his measuring tape skills. Chicks dig guys with measuring tape skills.
Dan Also built me a hanger for the fabrics I am currently working with. I am a totally visual person so this helps a great deal. It’s so nice to have an artist as a husband. He gets me.
So In this lovely area hopefully Mimi will come alive again. I’m so glad you are here to watch the journey.