HI I'm Shelly. I share all of my sewing adventures here at Coral + Co. Mostly I sew for my two girls Ava and McKenna, but I also like to quilt and make other pretty things. I started sewing when I was six years old making my first pair of barbie pants. As a kid I was given an old sewing machine and I would make doll clothes using scraps of fabric I had been given. I got to take a few sewing classes when I was a teenager and learned how to make simple clothing for myself. I continued to sew up until the time I had my two girls, when I started sewing mostly for them. Around that time I also opened up an etsy shop making baby blankets and goodies, but making one thing over and over get's a little boring, right? I also operated a small online fabric shop for a few years, but discovered that I really don't like keeping track of inventory. Ha. Around that time I discovered what I really liked doing was making tutorials for my shop blog and sharing what I make. My best friend Jennie and I decided to start blogging together here at Coral + Co., and while Jennie no longer blogs she still loves to sew. Some of my favorite things are flowers, polka dots, and stripes. My favorite colors are aqua and pink. I daydream about my next sewing project, obsess over vintage patterns, drool over fabric, and I can't live without coffee. Bright colors make me happy, I love sunshine am super lucky to live near the beach and go as often as I can. I have a bubbly personality, am totally scatterbrained, and I am only five feet tall.
Where I'm Live:
I grew up in Sonoma, California located about an hour north of San Francisco. Jennie and I went to school together and have been longtime friends. I also went to middle school and high school with my husband, although we didn't start dating until a decade later. My family and I now live on an Island in South East Georgia, which is totally beautiful, but the humidy (ugh). We pretty much don't come outside during the summer except to swim.
How I spend my time :
I grew up riding horses (both of my parent's were professional horsemen), I also did gymnastics until I was a teenager (I guess you could say I was pretty serious about it). After high school I started a career as a gymnastics coach with the hopes of someday owning a gym. And then I along came marriage and kids and I decided focus on them instead. That's when sewing became such a large part of my life. But I also like to read books, I'm totally into historical fiction, binge watching netflix (who doesn't?), taking lots of photos of my kids, and going to the beach
My Photography Gear:
Sometimes I get asked about what kind of camera I take pictures of my kids with. I made a post about my gear here.