You've landed on my "About Me" page. These things are so hard to write! My name is Pam Hodge, and I've been a Georgia peach over half my life, which not coincidentally coincides with meeting my husband of 25 years and raising two boys and some terriers.
So, how did I get here?
I've always been a sucker for nostalgia: I wear my grandmother's simple wedding band and serve holiday meals dinner on my mother-in-law's Avon ruby red Cape Cod dishes. I have several old quilts, love letters, and embroidered hankies. I'm not looking for practical when I go thrift-storing, I want the old linens, the careful needlework, the items someone made with love.
I've always had itchy fingers. I can't sit still without something to work on. The first gift I remember making to give away was when I was about 8 years old, a truly awesome latch hook rug in orange and brown that I made for my older sister. I think it was a butterfly, but I'm positive about the orange and brown - yikes! I'm sure she displayed it proudly - :oD. From knitting, crochet, cross stitch, bead work and polymer clay to Photoshop, digital scrapbooking, and zentangles, I've explored so many forms of crafting and spent so much money (don't tell the hubs!). I'm inspired daily by the creativity in the world around me and seek to express that in my daily life.
So, nostalgia and itchy fingers. How do they come together? It started with baby quilts and wedding quilts, special gifts made particularly for that recipient. I added T-shirt quilts for my own kids as they moved through phases in their lives, a way to always hold those memories close.
I then became friends with a lovely couple who had lost their daughter in an accident, and my heart hurt so much but I couldn't figure out how to express it ... so I made a quilt ... in pink ... Ellie's favorite color. Her dad later posted the sweetest note she had written, and I saw it in my love language - fabric! Since that first pillow I've been honored to make many pillows for people who have lost a loved one. I grieve with them and pray over the family while I create something huggable to commemorate a loss that will never be replaced.
Thank you so much for visiting with me. If you have a need, don't hesitate to drop me a line! I'd love to hear from you.