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Meet the Maker

My name is Tammy, and I'm the owner, maker, and designer behind Ashryla Boutique. When people ask me how I got started doing what I do, I have a bit of a hard time answering.  I've been making and designing things for as long as I can remember, even as a kid.  So although the medium has changed and it's evolved from a hobby to a business, I don't feel like it's something I really "started".  It's really just a progression of something I've always done.  I sold my first handmade creation when I was in grade four, so I guess I had a bit of entrepreneurial spirit in me, even then.  

I grew up in Humboldt, then moved to Saskatoon for university.  After finishing my degree in psychology and sociology, I spent over 5 years working with adults with disabilities.  After getting married and having kids, I realized that returning to a traditional full-time job wasn't the best fit for our family.  We moved to Martensville in 2008, and have been here (loving it) ever since! 

When I'm not busy sewing and designing, I have a few hobbies I enjoy. I've been pretty involved with line dancing over the past 3-4 years, and it's one of the best things I've done for myself!  I've also recently been teaching myself to play the guitar.  I love being outdoors, and camping, hiking, and sitting around a fire are some of my favourite activities.  I've also done a few beach vacations with my family over the past few years, and we're definitely cultivating a love for travel.  Reading is another of my favourite pastimes. A few of my favourite books include: the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon; the Century Trilogy by Ken Follett; and The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.  

"Dancing is like taking a mini vacation  from the stress of the everyday--you have to be in the moment."                                            - Ofelia de La Valette

I'd love to hear a little about you!  Any interesting hobbies?  Favourite books?  Anything else you'd like to know about me?  Ask away! 



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