I spent some time growing up in the south. It was a culture shock at 13 coming from the a “city”in the West into a rural population of Western North Carolina. Looking back, I miss it…the people, the landscape, the laid back yet hard working lifestyle. It makes “going home” a treasure.
It’s the Southern appeal that lures me to The Fig Tree Boutique. The owner and creator, Elaine explains the name selected to represent her product is du to her being “a southern girl thru and thru, so of course my shop name had to be southern also. I wanted the alure of country lanes, big shade trees, and the feel of friendiness of sitting on the front porch sipping ice tea. I try my best to treat each and everyone of my customer as an old friend stopping by for a visit.”
Elaine is eco-friendly, “Right now my sandwich bags are what people seem to want the most. You can find plenty of reusable sandwich bags on line. With the fact I am big into leaving the smallest carbon print on this earth that I can, I thought that I would try my hand at these.” So what makes her product different? “I never could wrap my mind around food mixing with Velcro, so I created my own bag…minus the velcro!”
The Fig Tree Boutique hosts Elaine’s “love to create things that work for everyday but with my own little twist on them.” She shares an example of this by revealing, “My favorite creation is a purse that I have added some modern twists too. It’s created from an old pattern that I found in my grandmother’s sewing stash. Come to think of it, I haven’t sewn any of these lately. I might just have to pull that pattern back out again!”
It’s difficult to define what inspires Elaine. “Oh, wow! Now this is a hard question to answer. I am not really sure. Sometimes it’s fabric that I run across. Sometimes it is just something that I feel needs to have a purpose or a use that would make life easier or even prettier. You know the drive to always wanting the better mouse trap. LOL!”
Not one to reveal her method to creating, she says, “I’m not sure what there is to tell. I will get some crazy idea in my head and then I just have to try to get it out of my head or I am afraid that I might just explode. LOL! I just love to sew. Give me fabric, my machine, and I can get lost for hours.”
Apart from creating things what does Elaine enjoy doing? “Oh, Wow! Now remember, I like to stay busy. I chase my 18 month old grandson everyday. He is my partner in crime. I am an avid reader. I have tons of flowers and I plant a huge garden every year. I love to be outdoors. I camp, hike and fish. My family is important. I mainly just enjoy life, and try to live it to the fullest!”
With such a busy life Elaine says, “Sometimes finding time to craft is the hardest thing in the world to do. I tried the old “OK this is my job” 8 to 5 thing but hated that. This is a business for me, but working everyday takes the fun and creation out of it. I really try to sew everyday. I always fill all of my orders first thing in the morning. I just take time out and go see what kind of trouble I can get into in the studio.”
She has many things she considers her greatest accomplishment. “My greatest accomplishment would be what I have made of my life. My children, of course. I have raised 3 boys, sometimes on very little. I couldn’t be any prouder than I am of them! I have my husband of 29 years. Our grandchildren. Our home. But I guess the one thing that I have accomplished is the fact that I have learned that you don’t need it all! What you have is what you have. Enjoy it now because you never know if you will be here tomorrow or not. Money isn’t everything and your world doesn’t have to be perfect. Sometimes cracks and chips can be the most wonderful things in the world!”
Elaine is not going anywhere. Ten years fromw now she says she sees her self, “Right here! More grandchildren, more books read, more flowers grown, and more memories stored away. I live everyday. I make the best of that day and store away all the good times to relive whenever I can and want.”
Anything else you’d like to tell us about? “Oh geez! Haven’t I jammered on enough already. I guess nothing else.” Then in that sweet southern drawl she adds, “stop by and see the old crazy lady that sit under the FigTree. LOL!”
Sandwich bag is a generous size of 7 1/4″ wide by 7″ deep
Snack Bags are generous sizes of 6 1/2″ wide by 4 1/2″ deep for the large bag and 6 1/4″ wide X 4″ deep on the small bag
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