Monday, March 11, 2013

Whatever happened to Lizzie & Kate?

Most of you needlework fans know I named my biz after my daughters. That was 18 years ago, and they were younger...and so was I! They used to travel with me to shows, so when I go to market every year, lots of customers ask "what are Lizzie and Kate doing now?". They still remember the blond-haired youngsters helping write orders and pull inventory.

This year, I decided to be ready for those inevitable questions and made a little banner to hang in our showroom with a short summary of their lives and some pics. Thanks, Walgreens (love their one hour photo processing, even on a 16" x 20" poster!). What? You can't read this? I'll explain and ENLARGE the text and photos for you!

Sarah "Lizzie" is happily living in Chicago with her husband, Jeff. He is a techie working downtown. Really, we don't understand what he does, but he loves it and is happy to be employed after returning to school for his Masters the past few years.

Sarah teaches AP art history and Art Appreciation at a huge public high school. For those familiar with Chicago, it's Lane Tech College Prep school, with over 4200 students...and 11 art teachers. It's a beautiful, historic building...perfect for an art teacher because it's full of great artwork from the Chicago World's Fair and WPA projects. And she can go to the Chicago Art Institute on field trips (this makes my local art teacher friends very jealous!).

They live with their elusive cat, Penny, in a quintessential old Chicago brownstone duplex. Penny (above) is keeping an eye on the neighborhood.

They both love to travel, visiting Japan last summer. Jeff spent a semester there during his undergrad days, so he dusted off his Japanese minor and took Sarah for a visit.

When she's not busy preparing lessons, teaching, or grading, Sarah loves to paint! You can see more of her work at

Ali lives in downtown KC in a cool loft with her faithful (photogenic) companion, Henry. After many years as a musician and hobbyist food blogger, she recently changed roles. Now she blogs "full time" and teaches music one day a week. Some of her enthusiastic vocal students pose below. 

You can catch Ali's blog at She cooks, photographs and posts all kinds of yummy foods. We wish we lived closer so we could enjoy those tasty samples! 

She recently got a little recipe included in Southern Living's March issue - check it out!

When she's not playing with her food, she free-lances at Hallmark (yes, the big card company) in their photo studio as a stylist's assistant. It's a completely random job (sometimes working with food, sometimes not), and she even managed to get doggie Henry hired for a shoot this year. Someday you'll be cruising down the card aisle and you'll see Henry's smiling face!

Ali also loves to travel, and had some interesting adventures this year. She snagged a free Mediterranean cruise (thanks to her blog)...

and also took her first trip to Africa, where she got to share music with some very enthusiastic singers and dancers.

And that completes the brief roundup of "where in the world are Lizzie and Kate?". It looks like they're in the kitchen!


  1. I love it! They grew up to be such beautiful, talented young women. Wonder where that came from? <3

  2. Thanks Mom. Nice post and pics!

  3. Awww... I love to read about your wonderful daughters. You can be very proud of them.
    Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland von Anja

  4. That was so sweet to read about your darling daughters Linda! I do remember them when they were much smaller/younger.
    They look so much like their mama!! Just beautiful gals!


  5. What creative and adventurous young ladies they grown to be. Thank you for sharing this lovely update.

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