Her first finished rug was an oval chick holding a flower and she has since completed two of Sue Cunningham's designs, Beach Ballet and Buoyant Beauty and a funky fish with pinks, blues and yellows. She likes the whimsy of Deanne Fitzpatrick's designs and she also likes to draw her own.
Mom and dad are very proud and tell me that Alex is a very talented actor who participates in drama class and in the latest production, she played a singing Snoopy. Alex is also very conscientious of helping others, traveling to Baja, Mexico on missions to build homes for the poor.
I formed a quick opinion of Alex and the parenting she has received, liking the family dynamic immediately. I listened to her interact with her mother, Jenna, as they picked colours from the rack. She knows a thing or two about colour balance and position. Jenna says she relies on her daughter for help colour planning and hooking her projects. I was impressed at her polite social skills and demeanor.
I also liked the way her parents haven't indulged or spoil their daughter. Parents come in the shop all the time and buy whatever their children request as if no wasn't a word in the English language. Hey, I'm not complaining but I found it interesting how Alex picked out what she wanted and then paid for it out of her own money and worked out what she could afford to buy and still have some spending freedom for the duration of her vacation. In all my years in the shop, this was a first. Teaching this kind of life skill is priceless, setting her up as a responsible adult who won't spend beyond her means. Not having every whim land conveniently on the plate is the best lesson any parent could teach a child.
Mother and daughter spent an hour or so in the shop hooking and chatting and later dad popped in to say hi as well. It was nice to have the company. Jenna also brought in a pattern that she hooked for a show and tell so that was the cherry on the day!