Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Prayer Pockets, Vintage Linen Backpacks and Skirts, Heirloom Collars, Alpaca Wraps Created with Love by my Sistah, Sheryl Putnam

The PrayerPocket is a small handmade pocket, each one unique, made by hand, using different fabrics ranging from an 1800’s opera coat, to silks, velvets, antique linens. Most are adorned with antique or vintage rosary beads - mother of pearl, ebony, garnet, crystal, bone - many from the 1800’s and from Europe. Each one is a piece of wearable art. Inside is a small scroll of paper tied w/ a ribbon to write your own prayer, need, hope, or a special word or line of poetry.
My “sistah” Sheryl Putnam celebrates her birthday July 29th making her about four months older than me. Born in Mississippi to a gentle Southern woman and a Baptist minister, Sheryl grew up, married, had a beautiful baby she named Amber then moved to Nashville where she found her place in the music industry. It was there she met the love of her life, Norber t Putnam, a record producer of international fame. They moved about the South, raising children, writing music, restoring older homes, traveling the world, golfing and enjoying life before returning to Grenada MS when Sheryl’s dad became ill.
Sheryl took up knitting and she and her mother kept busy with needles and yarn in hand to keep their minds off their loss of her daddy. Her basic knit one, purl two evolved into some of the most beautiful designer wraps of alpaca yarns intertwined with hand dyed silk ribbons. Soon she was turning vintage lace and linens into skirts, lavender laced back pack purses and pillows, and prayer pockets dangling from rosary beads. From her heartbreak came a well spring of creativity and sheryl putnam designs was born.
One of my ventures into Mississippi to have dinner with Morgan Freeman in Clarksdale led to me meeting Norbert and Sheryl. The first time I met Sheryl, it was as if we had grown up together. Our precious mothers even share the same birthday. Without a doubt, Sheryl Putnam is one of the most creative, caring, funny, witty and loyal souls the good Lord ever put on this earth, but don’t think for a minute that this petite firecracker can’t hold her own with the best of them if need be!
She’s an artist with fabrics who offers seasonal trunk shows annually. She babies her mother, daughter and grandchildren; knits hot pink designer collarwraps for Sofie, her poodle child; and is as well informed about current events as anyone you’ll talk to at the next cocktail party. She likes to wear baseball caps which look adorable on her, surprise those she loves with the most thoughtful and beautifully wrapped gifts, listen to great music and do kind things for others. She favors genuine people over charlatans; spirituality over structure; a cold beer over whiskey; blackberry jam over most anything; sushi over steaks; Greg Iles over Steven King and a few close friends over a houseful. She sees the talent in others such as Marcia, truly appreciates it and encourages them. When she says hey sistah, I know we are stardust sisters who have surely known each other for longer than we can remember. Happy Birthday 2009 and always!

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Bama Belle said...

Just Beautiful Libby! I must order one of those backpacks for my princess! Big Hugs!

giz said...

Really beautiful artistry - a special talent indeed

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh how lovely this all is. Isn't it such grace when something beautiful comes bursting forth from dispair?

Mumzie said...

Very nice words about your dear friend. I only wish I had your talent with words....I love how your write. I love vintage! Thanks for sharing, Mumzie

xinex said...

Beautiful and unique, Libby! And so natural too....Christine

Jane said...

OOoOoh very lovely!

Stella said...

What a beautiful tribute to your friend. She is so lucky to have a friend like you. The pictures are lovely and such a treat for the eye. Stella

~PakKaramu~ said...

Pak Karamu reading and visiting your blog

Beyond the Nest said...

What a wonderful tribute to your "sistah"! She is obviously a talented, one-of-a kind person and must be a treasure to know. And her handiwork is to die for. I want one of everything! Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. Karen

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♥georgie♥ said...

everything is so so sooo beautiful! and a belated Happy Bday to your sister

Deanna said...

Dear One,
Enjoyed your sharing this on your fine blog.
God Bless,
d from homehaven