Growing up on the east coast, I was lucky enough to live right next door to my grandmother, who we called Mema. I remember her braiding my hair, her famous homemade apple pies, her classic sewing machines and antique collections. She was an amazing seamstress who could make just about anything. I would hang out on the deck with Mema while she painted, refurbished and reupholstered all kinds of furniture. I can’t help but think I inherited a lot of my creativity from her. She was always busy, on the go, and working with her hands. Mema was definitely someone who was driven and made things happen; she could be a little fiery at times and I’m pretty sure I inherited that too ;)
In 2004, just before I moved to San Diego, Mema gave me this sterling silver bracelet made from a vintage spoon. I’ve worn it every day since and it’s a reminder of the first woman who inspired me to run with my love of art.