My family consists of Growers & Makers. I arrived in America when I was only 3 years old after the fall of Vietnam. We were a very young family of six ranging from 2 to 8 years old and Mom at 7 months pregnant. My parents did not speak English and we are a foreign race that was not familiar to the people of Minnesota where we settled. My parents had to use their skills to succeed after being reluctantly accepted to a new society. Dad was skillful in carpentry and mom was a seamstress (a very common skill for women in Vietnam). At the age of 13 mom placed me on a sewing machine, not the cute little starter kind, but an industrial commercial grade machine called a Juki. I did not enjoy it at first but It was this moment that I have learned to appreciate the skill imposed on me. My parents have taught us simple life skills which we (including my siblings) have turned into businesses. With the help of Trista (my niece in law) I am now putting my skill to full use making TshirtQuilts. They say It takes a village, for me, it's my family that help me with my business efforts. My brother John, of Vudoo Wood, made our sign from a wine barrel lid, his carpentry skills learned from Dad. Photographers & models are 1st generation, American born, children of our large family. It's truly an American dream to have an opportunity to achieve something like this, owing Thanks to my family and all those who fought for our Freedom.