My abuelita was my first inspiration in creating – I remember sitting with her when she’d visit for the summer learning how to crochet little dresses and hats for her porcelain dolls. She gifted me my first sewing machine when I turned 15.Nothing makes me happier than working at my machine creating handmade gifts. Bags are my favorite thing to make right now – with an almost three year old at the house, I tend to gravitate toward quick projects that are easy to put down and pick back up again. I remember how excited I’d get when my abuelita would make something for me to enjoy – and now I get to see her face light up when I create for her and for others. These days, my daughter sits on my table next to me and plays with her box of lacing cards, yarn, and plastic needles. Someday I hope to teach her everything I’m learning, and inspire her to continue sewing and creating for the love of it.