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I grew up in a family where my mother was a professional musician(and still is at 89) and artist, my father was a jeweler and my brother is a computer engineer. My love for horses and things western started when I was 14 and my parents let me have my first horses. We lived in town, so I had to board them at a stable. Since then I have always had horses and showed horses. I married a farmer/stockman so the western image has stuck with me most of my life. Our son also follows the western way of life as he helps with the farming and has cattle and horses too and his lovely fiancé is also a cowgirl.
I have always sewed since I was big enough to sit at a sewing machine. My mother sewed and taught me well. I made my first dress that I could wear to school when I was in the 7th grade. Most of my studies in college were in art and design of some sort. Although I did spend some of that time in Ag classes. In some way or another I have been involved in the interior design field and fashion industry for over 30 years. Beginning in western fashions in 1989, I sold my things to boutiques all across the country. I also made western couture fashions for rodeo queens to compete in pageants. For a number of years I also made things for many major country music stars from Nashville for videos, CD covers and nationally televised award shows. Among this list of stars is Brooks and Dunn, Montgomery Gentry and Trace Adkins. For a few years I worked with inner city and adjudicated youth doing and teaching many aspects of costume design in Kansas City. During that time, I still continued making things for the stars. Whether I was flying around on a private jet, designing and furnishing an apartment in Boston, a home in Boca Raton, or going to Nashville to meet with a country music star, I loved and stuck with my western roots.
I have been lucky to see my fashions on runways from the east to west coast, but my favorite place is Cody, WY where my things have been on the runway many times at the Western Design Conference, Cody High Style Show and the Style West shows. The last few years, I have spent most of my time making beautiful dresses for rodeo queens and had the fortune of making them for Emily Aldredge(2004/2005 NHSRA Queen) and Amy Wilson(2009 Miss rodeo America), both Kansans who won national titles wearing my clothes. In September of 2009, I was honored to win the highly coveted Best Collection award at the Cody High Style Show at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY, with a collection from my Thistles West label of one-of-a-kind western couture fashions and accessories that was specially designed for that show.