Marilyn Arnold was meant to sew and create. At age 10, her mother who is now 84 years old and an excellent seamstress, began showing her how to sew and be creative.
Growing up in the Midwest, Marilyn and her Mom would sew her entire school wardrobe based on the latest fashions. Marilyn enrolled in 4H sewing course and often competed at the Missouri State Fair.
Later, Marilyn would sew for her sons Chris and Jeff. Now adults, they still kid their Mom about their leisure suits.
“I just loved sewing. Finishing a project gave me great satisfaction.”
After decades in the insurance company, Marilyn left to become an entrepreneur. She designs and creates numerous items, many times repurposing Grandma’s wedding gown into all types of items including pillows, christening gowns, purses, etc. She also creates and quilts tee shirt memory quilts, and just about anything her customer wants. If they bring me a picture, I can do it. She has also done fabric art and even “Corgi Butt pillows”. Marilyn loves to make people happy.
Recently she designed and created a christening gown from a set of sheets with beautiful hand crocheted edges. These were made by the Great Grandmother who had passed away. When the Grandmother picked up the gown, she said, “I wish my Mother was here to see this.” It’s very moving.”
She has been featured in the New York Times and The New Senior Woman as an example of leadership for the senior entrepreneur and was recently named a 2017 Woman of Distinction from Eastern Jackson county . She now lives with her husband, Larry, in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.