Back in the 1970s, Kathleen had begun making one-of-a-kind rag-dolls which she sold at a local crafts store. Later, under the label name Ladybrady, she produced art wearables that featured recycled vintage materials.
Her garments and accessories were sold through an agent to boutiques in New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and London.She also worked as a costumer, for Opryland, Nashville Ballet, and various theatres in Nashville and Atlanta.
Kathleen fondly recalls stopping in Centerville many times to eat lunch, while enroute to the thrift stores in Hohenwald to search for treasures to incorporate into her original designs.She’s had a soft-spot for Hickman County ever since, and she dreams about moving there after her husband retires.” I’m mad for the Happy Hollow Road area, ” she says, ” You just can’t beat having an address like that !! ”
As part of a home-schooling effort last fall, Kathleen, aka Grandma, began teaching 9-year-old Marina how to sew. Almost immediately, Marina wanted to make stuffed animals.She also wanted to sell them at crafts fairs.She hoped to be able to donate money to animal rescue organizations.” Cheeky Petz — softies with heart — ” was the end result.
Marina and Kathleen are full-fledged design, production, and marketing partners.Together, they choose vintage patterns and fabrics from Kathleen’s collection.Kathleen embroiders most of the animal’s features and machine-sews many of the bodies as well. ” My partner, however, is a whiz-bang stuffer and whip-stitcher and display innovator, ” she declares. Kathleen is proud too that Marina can now do most of the math-related work, oftentimes in her head.
” Best of all, when she grows up, Marina won’t have to pay anyone to hem a pair of jeans for her.” Grandma thinks that’s a wonderful ” sustainable ” achievement, in and of itself.
Marina and Kathleen invite you to their Cheeky Petz booth this fall during the Harvest Market, Saturday October 19th at the Grinders Switch Winery.