I started sewing and crafting when my
youngest daughter turned one. My two girls were only one year and ten days
apart. I would sew late at night sometimes until one or two in the morning. I would travel to
garage sales, estate sales and thrift stores to find unique items for my
creations. I would also find some beautiful vintage items along the way. The
craft business started to slow. I found a spot in a local Antique Co-op - Haddon Heights Antique Center. I have been there for over 20 years!
My aunt opened up a co-op and I also took a small space with
her. The small space grew and grew. I started mixing old and new. I named the
business “A Wing and a Bear” after my love of bears and angels. I travel all
over to find unique gifts, especially ones that have a vintage flair. I took
over a baby business in 2003. This became “A Wing and a Baby Bear”. I have
clothes and accessories from newborn through size 4T. I love what I do! The only
thing that I miss is sewing. I recently started cleaning out and reorganizing my
old craft/sewing room so that I can begin making handmade creations again. I
hope to share these with you in the future!
after I started my baby business, I was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer. I was
admitted to the hospital with what I thought was a stomach virus. Unfortunately
the MRIs and
scans showed several spots on my pancreas and surrounding ducts. I had to tell
my family, including my two girls that I was going to die. This was the hardest
thing I had to do! I feel very fortunate that I had so many people praying for
me! I had people of all faiths doing prayer chains. Through the grace of God
the spots disappeared or were justified in some other way. I had a blocked,
infected bile duct which almost killed me, but I made it through. I still
suffer with GI problems, but I did not die from cancer! This experience has
changed my life. I believe in the power of prayer and have a new appreciation
for everything around me. I am so happy that I am here to watch my daughter’s
grow into young adults.
I was given that opportunity and just saw my oldest get married! I still have numerous GI issues and had heart surgery a couple of years ago. I am still enjoying my businesses and my family. God Bless!