So who is Amanda?
One of the things you’ll learn reading here, is that I typically take 5 minutes and MANY hand gestures to tell a 30-second story. To say that I’m long-winded, talkative and opinionated is an understatement. Here’s the condensed version. 😉
I’m a thirty-something (early thirties, mind you), former Midwestern farm-girl, now living in the Wild, Wild West. While on a study abroad to Nepal in ’99, I met the most incredible person. We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary earlier this year and were blessed with a beautiful daughter in November 2006.
In my former life, I had a great job that allowed me to work from home. I worked in agriculture (you can take the girl off the farm but you can’t take the farm out of the girl), doing potato research — to put it simply it was the equivalent of a grad student position with a full time salary. I was laid off last summer due to lack of research funding; although devastating at the time, we found it to be a blessing in disguise. Shortly after being laid off I was diagnosed with a chiari malformation and had brain surgery on October 2nd, 2009.
Before surgery I struggled to sew. If I sat down at my machine for any length of time (right before surgery that could equate to 5 minutes) I’d get a massive headache as soon as I stood up. I loved to sew but getting so sick wasn’t worth the enjoyment it brought. As soon as my neck was strong enough after surgery I pulled my machine out. I rejoiced at being able to sit and complete projects without getting sick. It gave me a new motivation to start projects. Not only could I see my efforts come to fruition, it showed how successful my surgery had been.
Pretty soon the motivation took on a life of its own. I bought a new machine as a treat to myself and I began to take to heart all of the times people had told me I should start sewing and selling my stuff. The idea for Stitch To Stitch started to come together.