My 10-year-old daughter, T, was a fetus when I studied handbag design & construction at the FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). The instructor and classmates worried about my using strong glue while pregnant - I did my best to avoid glue fumes, and completed the course when I was 7 months pregnant.
Ever since she was a toddler, she's been my inspiration, critic, co-designer, assistant, part-time model, guinea pig (for bibs & children's goods) and biggest supporter.
I have to confess, however, that while I've made tens of thousands of products, and she gets some of my prototypes and less-than-perfect items, I've only made a dozen things especially for her.
She's been asking for a new bag, and I finally made one today in the "purple foxes" flannel.
I made her a matching scarf too. (Both sides are 100% cotton flannel and very soft.)
I've wrapped them up nicely complete with a handmade tag, and put it on her bed. It's waiting for her to come home from school.
It makes me smile to imagine her excitement.
Thank you T, for being such an awesome daughter.