I'm like a lot of other people - when the Corona Virus came along, I didn't think it would last long. I felt lucky that I had enough savings to keep me going for few months, so I hunkered down, ate a lot of cake (my personal comfort food), watched a lot of TV, and waited until I could go back to acting, directing, and teaching, which was how I made a living. When it became clear the quarantine wasn't going to end for a while, I started to panic. I was recently divorced, now with no savings left, and no real family I could call on for help. In other words, I had nothing to fall back on.
But that wasn't true. I had a lot of creativity, time, energy, and a sewing machine. Inspired by Project Runway, I started making hats (something else I love to design). Unfortunately, hats - at least the kind I was making - require a fitting. So now what? Then a friend (thank you, Doug!) reminded me that 20 years ago I made Christmas stockings to give to my friends as holiday gifts. In fact, he sent me a picture to illustrate how well they held up. (See the picture below.) I was surprised - and a little honored - that his family had passed those down from generation to generation.
Now that I know what my future will hold, at least to some degree, I'm off and running with this new venture. I hope you like what you see, and I hope you chose to make Lily Mercer Designs part of your Christmas traditions.
But whatever you do, stay well.