Originally from Arkansas, she moved to Tulsa with her husband, Ben, several years ago. Although she spends most of her days working as a pediatric nurse, Sydney loves to craft in her spare time.
Sydney makes her line of children's aprons - under her brand name Meekly Made - which are sold at Owl & Drum in midtown Tulsa.
|Children's Aprons by Meekly Made|
"I wanted to make something cute for a friend, and the aprons I saw in the stores were so plain, so I decided to make a colorful one for her," she said. "I thought 'I can make that' - and I did! I like to use lots of colors, especially pinks and purples, and to make the aprons look cute and fun for young girls."
A keen quilt-maker and all-round crafty person, Sydney is a member of the Tulsa Modern Quilt Guild, which meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Owl & Drum, located at 15th and Delaware. New members are welcome.
Describe your workspace/studio?
My husband and I recently bought a house and I am so excited to finally have a space all to myself! The room isn’t overly large, but has a nice storage closet for all my craft supplies and a big window with a nice view of the neighborhood. My sewing room has yet to be completed, as far as decorating goes, but I’m loving all the possibilities!
Do you come from a craft-making family?
It used to be said that my mother couldn’t even sew a button on (whether this be due to lack of sewing skills or dislike of buttons, in general, I will never know!). So, I suppose the only craftiness I got was from my grandmother, who sewed quite a bit. That’s what makes it odd that I didn’t take up sewing until several years ago. I much preferred scissors and my hot glue gun.
Are there certain colors, shapes, or patterns you like to work with in your crafts?
I guess I’m a “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants” type of person. I rarely use patterns. And, if do, I usually make them myself. I’ll see something and think “I could make that!” If it's not right the first time, I just start over and try again. I love colorful things - anything bright and cheery. I did a black-and-white quilt for my sister once and, while the fabrics were lovely, I found the lack of color quite boring!
What are your favorite materials to work with?
Oh, this is a tough one. This week it is probably fabric and thread. Next week, it could be buttons and paper - or lace and felt! I often think I have too many irons in the fire, but I can’t choose just one craft.
We have lived in Tulsa for several years now, but after you grow up in the middle of nowhere, a city like Tulsa has so many good things to enjoy. I guess my favorite thing (it's so hard to pick just one!) is having everything I could really want nearby. I was used to having to drive 20 miles just to go get groceries. Now, I have stores and restaurants all within a few miles of our house. I love that.
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