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About Amy

I’m a mommy, voice actor, inventor, and former special educator. I live in Southern California with my husband, Rob, our daughter, Marlo, and our two dogs, Walter and Auggie. I'm lucky enough to be surrounded by the greatest, most inspiring group of friends and family. It's this incredible team that keeps me motivated to pursue my many passions!

 

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about Snow Angel

Admittedly, my husband and I are pretty lucky: our daughter loves bath time. Since the day she was born, she was happy as could be lounging in her tub, getting scrubbed, and having her hair washed. But all good things must come to an end, and when it was time to take her out of the bath and dry her off, the shrieking began. She could not stand being dried. And who could really blame her? She was uncomfortable and cold. For the sake of her happiness and our ears, we knew we had to make the process quicker and more comfortable.

Marlo modeling the second homemade Snow Angel prototype I created. This version didn't have an adjustable hood. That feature was designed to make it appropriate for younger, smaller babies. Marlo was just under 9 months old when this was taken.

Marlo modeling the second homemade Snow Angel prototype I created. This version didn't have an adjustable hood. That feature was designed to make it appropriate for younger, smaller babies. Marlo was just under 9 months old when this was taken.

In an effort to make her more comfortable, we stacked a couple of fluffy towels beneath her to provide some cushion against the cold, hard countertop. On top of that little stack, we placed one of her baby towels. That fixed the comfort problem but we still couldn’t get the job done quickly enough for her liking. The issue was that once we put her baby towel beneath her, we didn’t have enough material to wrap around her and dry all her little parts. So I added another towel to the mix. This one was used to dry the parts that the back towel couldn’t easily reach. This method solved the problem reasonably enough but left me with quite a mess on my countertop.

It occurred to me that all I really needed was a baby towel with some cushioning in the back and a little more available fabric—I just couldn’t find one. So although I couldn’t sew, I set out to create a special towel for my daughter. My initial attempt was pretty rough (Who knew you had to stitch the edges of a towel to keep it from fraying?), but she liked it.

I’m actually very thankful the towel didn’t come out perfectly the first time because it wasn’t until my second attempt that I came up with the idea for the wings. By splitting the fabric strategically, I could more easily reach and dry her arms, legs, and all the bits in between. Truth be told, I didn’t have a snow angel shape in mind when I started drawing the pattern for the second prototype. I was simply playing with different cuts until I settled upon the one that made the most sense. When I stepped back from it, I saw it: a snow angel!