I’m Stephanie Grams, owner of MEMORY BEARS AND KEEPSAKES, LLC an Ohio-based sentimental sewing service provider and online sewing business instructor. Here’s a tad bit of information about me and why I’m moving from my 12+ years in marketing and publicity to this business model.
As a little girl …. (yep, I was little at one time) I used to hide in plain sight under my grandmother’s dining room table (a. k. a. sewing table) watching and listening to my mom and grandmother sew. I believe I finally was underfoot long enough that one day they decided to give me my own sewing basket … full of needles, thread, and remnants of fabric from their fashion creations. I learned how to hand sew at the age of 7 and have been studying the art ever since. (In case you’re wondering, that’s over 35 years ago).
I’ve taught my four daughters to sew, however, only one learned the art of hand sewing, while the others have ventured into abstract painting, fiction writing, and musical instruments. All are creative and artistic.
I’ve had the honor and privilege to share the art of sewing in small batches with 4-H, Girl Scouts, and Homeschoolers over the years. Many individuals have been along my side as I offer one-of-a-kind primitive Santa’s, dolls, pilgrims, and even honey bees! As well as through memorial gifts such as memory bears.
Death and Sewing
I look back over my life and see how instrumental sewing has been in the journey of healing and dealing with death. When I suffered a miscarriage in 1993, I took to hand embroidering as a means to deal with the internal sadness. Little did I know that this type of healing activity would come back into my life in a bigger way.
In 2001 I had the devastating heartbreak that no mother wants to experience, but many of us deal with, and that was the unexpected passing of my youngest daughter. Hannah was 14 months old when she passed away from cardiomyopathy and I haven’t stopped sewing, in fact, I believe this is one of the driving forces that pushed me into forming MEMORY BEARS AND KEEPSAKES, LLC.
There’s something healing that happens through the art form of sewing.
The Heart and Business Behind Memory Bears and Sentimental Sewing
Fast forward and my life has taken on a completely different journey, one that I could not even dream up on my own. I’ve held different career positions over the past several years, and while I enjoyed them, there was just something missing. Today I still offer Memory Bears and Keepsakes, along with teaching the business side of sewing (at Sewpreneur.com), Podcaster and YouTuber