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Meet My Fur Kids

Meet My Fur Kids

Meet My Fur Kids

Meet My Fur Kids

Meet My Fur Kids

There have been multiple requests for a post like this, so I figured it was time! I mentioned in my About Me and Terms pages that I have a dog-friendly home. I sometimes mention my pups in my live videos if they’ve done something cute or random. I am THE Crazy Greyhound Lady.

After moving to Southern Maryland in 2016, our family had a longing for a furry little addition to our family. I originally wanted a Schnauzer, but my husband had heard about a Greyhound rescue in our town. I contemplated it for a little while and we finally decided to get serious about adopting a retired and rescued racing Greyhound around the end of 2016.

On January 8, 2017 we welcomed Shaelee (pictured above) into our home. She was five years old. Her racing name was Shady Shaelee. Shaelee seamlessly fit into our family, she quickly became my heart dog. I have no doubt that this dog was meant for me.

On November 26, 2017 Shaelee suffered a massive stroke and we had to let her go to the Bridge earlier than what we were ready for. Shaelee was the best dog I could have ever asked for. I loved her and I miss her everyday.


Meet My Fur Kids

In December of 2017, we began to foster Sunshine. Sunshine is two years old. I figured this might be a decent way to mend the hole Shaelee’s absence left in my heart. On Christmas Day, Sunshine bolted out the door! She survived snow, strong winds, sub-zero temperatures, freezing rain, and busy roads for FIFTEEN days! On January 9, 2018 we were able to trap her with a humane live trap. We took her to the vet immediately and she had a clean bill of health. She even GAINED weight out there in the “wilderness.”

After all of that time chasing leads and sightings in the snow, I decided that I was so invested in this dog that I couldn’t ever imagine her being with any other family. We adopted her almost immediately. She’s still a bit shy and timid. She’s not big on house guests, but she knows she is loved and appreciated by many.

Sunshine now proudly wears a Whistle GPS collar at all times. *wink wink*


As mentioned elsewhere on my site, I obviously have dogs in my home; however, they do not have access to my workspace or any of the materials that I work with.

Hope you all enjoyed reading about my hounds. I love them dearly and hopefully, husband complying, I’ll have another very soon. Ha!

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What’s in a Bag?

What's in a Bag?

What’s in a Bag?

What’s in a Bag?

You take your bag everywhere with you – to the store, drop kids off at school, out to dinner, shopping, etc. In that bag you carry your essentials to help you survive the short trip outside your home.

But… at the end of the day, it’s just a bag, right? What if I told you that your bag could hold so much more than materialistic necessities for your regular day-to-day?

When we carry our bags, we don’t ever really ponder the time, effort, work, or life of the person who made it. What if you had a bag that, every time you picked it up, you thought of all of that?

I am sure that if you are reading this, you have regrettably lost a loved one. That one person in your life that had so much influence on your upbringing and on the person you have become today. When you think of this person, you remember their voice, the way they walked, the way they talked, how they smelled, and what they wore.

Perhaps you think of ol’ Grandpa Joe, always dressed in his denim jacket. Or what about your great grandma who had that beautiful leather jacket she loved so much? But, where are those garments that you wish could come to life to embrace you in a tight hug one last time? Are they in a closet? Somewhere in the basement? Put away in storage somewhere?

These items are precious to us. There is no doubt about that. However, they are no longer in use and may remain in hiding for the rest of our days.


Here is the alternative: Memorial Bags

A Memorial Bag is a bag made from a passed loved one’s iconic-to-them garment. Once I receive that article of clothing, I take time to meticulously plan out how to cut the pieces into the appropriate panels of your new bag.

I try my best to incorporate all zippers and hardware from the clothing into the bag. Sometimes, I will need to use my own zippers or hardware to finish the project, but everything always matches the material as close as possible.

More often than not, I can use the lining of a jacket to create the lining of your bag. This is to further my effort toward maintaining native features of the jacket into the project.

The end result is a gorgeous bag filled with memories that you can take with you wherever you may travel. There are no more days hiding in the back of the closet for Grandpa’s old jacket. No more cold, dark basement for Grandma’s coat. Instead, you have a keepsake that you can pass down to your children and grandchildren and so on.


I understand how much faith and trust it takes to release control of a cherished item to a total stranger. It is always important to me that I earn your trust. Feel free to visit my Facebook page to view more of my work, see what I do, watch my videos, and read reviews.

Whenever you feel ready, feel free to send me an email at lmsewingmachine@gmail.com to get a quote. There is never any pressure and you can always change your mind up until I start work on your project.

If you do decide to entrust me with this endeavor, you can be confident in knowing that your items will always be handled and treated with dignity and respect.

I look forward to hearing from you. In the mean time, check out how to care for your bag by clicking here.

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Care Instructions

How Do I Care for My Purse?

Care Instructions

I am beyond ecstatic that you chose ME to create something one-of-a-kind for you to keep forever and ever. I hope you enjoy using your items as much as I enjoyed creating them just for you. More importantly, I want you to keep enjoying them long after they’ve gone home with you. So, “how do I care for my purse?” Get comfortable, I am about to teach you some basic care instructions for your LMSM goodies!

First and foremost, never under any circumstances place any of these products in the wash. These are hand wash only. This is because many of the materials I use have not been preshrunk, so that means that they will shrink if you throw them in a washing machine.

Now then, for cloth material, it is best to spot clean with warm water and a toothbrush with just a tiny pit of Dawn dish soap. Take a paper towel and pat the excess water off of the item and sit it on your table or counter to air dry. You may also consider using a Tide to-go pen or something similar.

For faux leather, leather, and marine vinyl, I highly recommend that you use a paper towel with warm water to wipe away any dirt or smudges. I would also consider purchasing leather wipes to help keep the material healthy and luscious.

Additionally, you could always take these items to your local dry cleaner and ask if they extend their services for bags and purses.

Preventative Maintenance:

Here are some tips that would be beneficial to the longevity of your products.

  1. Refrain from leaving bags on the floor.
  2. Keep out of reach of children.
  3. Treat your items with Scotch Guard upon receiving/before use.
  4. Keep out of reach of pets.
  5. Lint roll your bags as needed.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope this information found you well. If you would like to see more of what I do or even watch me work throughout the week, you may visit me at my Facebook page.

Also, if you haven’t already, you may follow me on Instagram.