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December 2008
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Sisters Turn Quirky Hobby Into A Business

Ann Christian has for years had a hobby of making cloth napkins out of colorful, eclectic fabrics for her own use.  Now she and her sisters, Dede Bruington and Kay Porczak, are turning that hobby into a full time business venture in San Luis Obispo called Picking Daisies.

Bruington said, “Ann had been making cloth napkins for years, and guests to her home loved them and would continually suggest that she sell them.”
The sisters began selling the napkins at craft fairs and through word of mouth.  The business was pretty simple at the time as it offers only one product and the sewing was all done in house, but as popularity and sales increased the trio decided to lease some retail space and open a napkin store.  Their store has been “well received by the community for offering an affordable, usable, practical, and eco-friendly way to set the dinner table, while dazzling it at the same time,” according to Bruington.

Christian says, “it’s great that a hobby has been able to turn into a successful business, especially since we started out just to see if we could earn a little extra money….now a few stay-at-home moms are able to make money while spending time with the people we care about.”

Picking Daisies’ napkins are all sewn with a mitered corner to help them last longer and come pre-washed.  Christian jokes that other seamstresses have told them they’re not charging enough, but the sisters are proud to employ local people to produce an American made product.  Read more about the sisters in The New Times San Luis Obispo, or visit their website at

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