Strawberries are my first successful outdoor plant that produced fruit, and V is my first cat to whom I am allergic. The brand Strawberries & V pays homage to my two inspirations. Below is the story about what has inspired me to create embroidery projects.
“Tiny the cat is an introvert. He enjoys an occasional scratch under the chin and some cuddles from his humans. Most of the time, he’s content being curled up and snoozing lightly.
Tiny’s family, friends, and furry neighbors like to visit. He loves playing with them, but sometimes it’s nice to be quiet.
When the noise and activity get too great, Tiny likes to hide in the human’s garden. He can claw at dirt clods, swat at caterpillars, and nap under the fuzzy stalks of tomato plants.
The garden helps Tiny feel calm and ready for more chin scratches and hugs.”
I first wrote the short story out of frustration. It was the end of my first year teaching, and my introverted self was in turmoil. No one prepared me for the emotional toil that came with working with students. I was desperate for some much needed alone time, but not doing anything drove my mind to anxiety.
My cat, whose name is V, comforted me with her quirkiness and scratchy licks. The vegetable garden I started soon became a peaceful retreat. I also picked up my old embroidery projects once summer vacation started and remembered how meditative each stitch was to my frayed soul. I reflected on these as gifts from God that provided much needed comfort and peace.
Strawberries & V is a way for me to share how to creatively meditate. The kits and projects are akin to coloring books; focused repetitive movements that create a colorful and satisfying work of art. I am by no means a psychologist, but this embroidery process works for me. Try it, and if it does not work, at least you will have a cool handmade art piece to display in your home!