Callie & Company began as a hobby and a creative distraction after the sudden death of Meg’s first husband. When despair gripped her, a neighbor encouraged her to drag out her sewing machine and get busy! The neighbor had a little business with her sisters, so Meg did a little sewing for them. She really liked it and wanted to do more. She founded purses were the perfect thing. So she learned how to put in a zipper, made up some patterns, and the rest, as they say, is history. Well, not really. She dabbled with sewing for a few years while still teaching Kindergarten and raising her daughter, Callie. She had dreams that maybe she and her daughter would grow the business together as a mother-daughter team. Who knew a high-school girl wouldn’t want to spend her free time sewing with her mother?
As she continued to sew and enjoy it, she started falling out of love with teaching. It wasn't the kids or the colleagues. It was the data, the assessments, and the nonsense that had nothing to do with the children that soured the romance. She knew she should be doing something else. She considered leaving her life’s work behind, but she was afraid. That’s when one of her wise teacher friends told her, “feel the fear and do it anyway”. She made up her mind and with the support of her wonderful new husband, she felt the fear, but did it anyway. Mrs. Foster said good-bye to Kindergarten.
Along the way, she thought about expanding her business. She started making custom pillows, really cool pillows with custom zip codes. And then she moved into making key chains with luxury fabrics, leather trimmings, and first-class hardware. Branching out even further, she taught herself how to sand blast and after a half-dozen or so youtube videos and two different sand blasters, she perfected her own method of making custom etched glasses.
Now, Callie & Company has a little style for you and a little style for your home. Check out our collection of unique handmade wares. And let us know if there’s something you’d like to see.