Head Angel Heidi and Sandi Henderson discuss Sandi’s Secret Garden Laminates & Co-ordinating Solids
I am living a blissful dream spending my working time designing. There isn’t anything I’d rather be doing and I’ve been so blessed to fall in with some amazing manufacturers and creative people to help along the way.
I am happily married with two kids. My family comes first! I consider myself so lucky to work with companies and other individuals who respect that. When the house is a mess and the kids aren’t fed, I find it practically impossible to be creative. Everything has a time and a place and I feel balance is essential.
I have been creative for as long as I remember. My first true craft obsession was scrapbooking. When I was in high school, I tagged along with my best friend to a scrapping party and I was hooked. I can still feel the excitement at the idea of creating this story of yourself and your loved ones on paper.
I have always sewed. My first memories are of my grandmother teaching me how to make a receiving blanket one summer when I was visiting in her in Pennsylvania. I continued to sew the rest of my life—prom dresses, flapper girl costumes for my friends, cool skirts. My first job in high school was working at a fabric store. Talk about fueling an obsession. And a fabric collection! I remember one year making a Christmas stocking for every person on my gift list. So many of my happiest memories are sprinkled with the touches of handiwork I put together for the occasion.
When I had my first child, a girl, a whole new world of crafting opened up to me! We were laughably poor college students and I remember watching for the sales at the local fabric shop. I would go and buy just enough to make her a special dress with matching trims and ribbons. I can still remember the smell of the fabric store and what memories it brings back. She’s far outgrown those little dresses, but I truly believe that it was those early days with her that have landed me where I am now. I had taken that semester off from school and she was my only responsibility during the day. Sew, snuggle, scrapbook, repeat. It was blissful and instilled in me an idea that has stayed with me: Domesticity is Divine.
You can be a strong independent individual, and be domestic and soft at the same time. True story.