I always had a thing for bags.
Well, amongst other things like makeup, shoes, flowers, and of course, yarn. When I first started knitting, I was using old makeup bags to house my projects on the go.
I have a hard time finding a project bag that matches my aesthetic. A bag, after all, is an extension of your personality. I like simplicity. Not overly patterned. I prefer zippered compartments over pockets, and the bigger, the better.
Pearadise Island is a play on 2 of my favorite things:
Pears + Paradise.
I had extreme morning sickness while pregnant with my third child. One day, my best friend, Matilda, came over out of the blue and made me lunch. It was THE most amazing sandwich with sliced pears, cheese and bacon. I can’t tell you how comforting it was to eat that meal, and for the first time, be able to hold it down. Ever since then, I associate pears with her and our friendship. She is my soul sistah. We have been friends for over 20 years and I am so blessed to have her in my life.
My husband, Radley has been my biggest supporter from day 1. We grew up together. We share the same birthday. He is funny and kind, plus, some might argue he looks like The Rock. I will never forget the day we got married – in paradise – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic surrounded by family and friends. He is my home, and my inspiration every single day.
So, there you have it. The story behind my name. I owe a lot to these two. It is because of them and their never ending words of encouragement that has pushed me to come out of my comfort zone and put myself out there. I began sharing my projects on Instagram last year. And now, with the help of my amazing husband – I have started this blog so you can get to know me a little better.
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