Upcycling with Style

July 3, 2018

I instantly liked her.  Her smile was warm and genuine, and her greeting made me feel like we had been friends for life.  I had the privilege of meeting Natalie this week.

Natalie and her sweet family live in Stony Plain.  Natalie was born in St. Albert and had the rich experience of growing up in Mexico where her parents taught school.  She returned to Spruce Grove and completed high school and then the U of A earning a teacher’s degree herself.

After graduation, Natalie moved to Mexico, where she and her husband both taught elementary school for three years.  Natalie and her husband have welcomed their first little sweetie, Reia, into their family this last November.   Their family loves dirt biking, golfing, shopping locally, and attending community events.  They also have the unique privilege of being on a family baseball team!  But most of all, they adore their daughter, and love watching her grow and learn!

Natalie also has a passion for the environment, to protect and cherish its resources and people.  This passion has brought her to a new project, upcycling adult clothes to transform into adorable baby and toddler outfits.  Watching the pile of clothes her daughter was out-growing so quickly, she knew something could be done!  Not knowing how to sew at all, she enlisted her mother-in-law to show her how to make a pair of leggings.  From there, Natalie has created many wonderful outfits, each taken from a second-hand article that would have been discarded.  Each piece takes her about 3-4 hours to complete, and each is unique, as Natalie designs most without a pattern!  Some of these amazing outfits can be found on her IG page, www.instagram.com/secondstitchcompany.   Natalie and her family are a rich example of family, community, and how one family can make a difference!

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