Sharon is a second generation Arizona native born in Nogales and raised in Tucson. A graduate of Northern Arizona University she enjoyed a long career in the the hospitality industry living in Flagstaff, Phoenix and ultimately back home to Tucson. Her hospitality career offered the opportunity to travel around the country and grow to appreciate her home state and the deep roots she has in Southern Arizona. Her sewing influence and knowledge started with her maternal grandmother Nellie Emma who is also the inspiration for her business name. Her greatest teacher was her mother Joan, also a highly skilled and passionate seamstress. Learning to sew in the 1970s was a time when home sewing was common and many people made their own clothes and home accessories. Sadly this is no longer the case but it is exciting to see a resurgence of interest in sewing, knitting, quilting and other fiber related skills. Sharon hopes to encourage a new generation to learn her craft and experience the joy that creating with textiles can bring. Her work expresses the culture, plant life, geography and colors of Southern Arizona Mexico. Making people smile is of utmost importance with her whimsical and humorous themes. Expanding her skill is very important, her work features machine embroidery, quilting, couching, handmade piping, and fabric dying. All of her pillows are one-of-a-kind and many have an unexpected combination of prints and trims that create interest and a unique design. Her pillows are completely handmade and all the covers are removable with a zippered back. Many of them are washable. She also makes the pillow inserts to be certain of a perfect fit. Custom work is welcomed and encouraged. All of her pillows can be made to your specified size as well.