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Thank You For Your Patience

Hello Friends of Past Life,

Many of you may have stopped by the shop this week only to find a closed sign on the door. I just wanted to thank you all for your patience and to let you know that I will be opening again soon.

My Mom, Rose, who is the inspiration for Past Life and who taught me everything I know about being crafty, creative, daring and independent, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon surrounded by her kids. I closed the store so that I could be with her during her final days.

My Mom was the most creative person I know. She taught me to sew when I was only 5 or 6. We’d spend hours together in her workshop; she’d be working on her latest project and I’d make clothes for my dolls and stuffed animals. Our home was always decorated for the seasons and everything was beautifully displayed. Past Life is the result of growing up in a home that was a cross between a country store and a museum, but somehow was always cozy and inviting. I learned the art of design just by watching my Mom find the perfect spot for her latest teapot purchase.

Past Life would not exist if it wasn’t for my Mom. She was my teacher, my mentor, my biggest supporter, and my best friend. I am so grateful that she got to see her influence on me come to life in the shop.

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My Mom and I

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My beautiful picture
My beautiful Mom


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Happy Father’s Day

Wishing all of you amazing Dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day! And to all of you amazing single Moms who are doing both jobs! And Happy Father’s Day to my Dad who taught me to be Handy, Bossy, Stubborn and Scrappy–all of my best qualities! Miss you Dad. Hope the fish are biting wherever you are!


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Sunday Funday!!

The rain is holding out and there is a lovely breeze on State Street. Come to town for lunch and swing by Past Life. Lots of new treasures arriving daily!!

Featured Artisan-Handmade Jewelry from Ghana
Mid Century Spider Leg Table Base with Glass Top

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Throwback Thursday!!

It’s Throwback Thursday!! Today is 80’s day. The music in the shop is 80’s! My outfit for today is 80’s! And you only pay 80% of all 80’s merchandise!! That’s 20% off all 80’s Vinyl, Knick-Knacks, Clothes, etc. Stop by for a blast from the past!!


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Past Life Is Open!!!!

It’s finally here! Past Life will be opening today, Saturday, March 26th at 11am. Stop in and see what I’ve been up to for the last month. There is still lots to do but I’m as ready as I’ll ever be to open the doors. Hope to see you there.

7 East State Street, Media, Pa 19063



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Update on Past Life

So, I just wanted to let everyone know that I have been furiously working to get the store open. I signed the lease on March 1st and since then have spent every waking hour and then some trying to get set up! We’re almost there. I don’t want to set a Grand Opening date just yet because you never know what can happen. But I’m hoping it will be soon. In the meantime, here are a few pictures of the progress! Check back often for updates.


Signing the lease!




Pulling up the carpets

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The fancy dressing room
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Getting my hands dirty!








The Workshop! My favorite part!
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Welcome to Past Life Designs…where every creation has a story.

I have been making things out of things since I was a little girl. I really started to have fun with “repurposing” when I was in my teens. We didn’t call it that back then. My girlfriends and I spent our weekends shopping in thrift stores for vintage dresses and plaid blazers to wear with our Chuck Taylor’s. My Nana called it junk shopping and was appalled that I wore used clothes in public. I used to love to update an old dress from the 60’s or 70’s.

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My High School Art Show, 1988

One of the first dresses I ever updated was a bridesmaid’s dress my Mom wore in her early 20’s. I redesigned it for an art show at my high school. After that, I was hooked. 

It was that dress that catapulted me into making other things like curtains out of silk scarves and purses out of denim skirts. So here I am, some 20 years later, with some new things I made out of other things.

This is the first Past Life bag I ever made
This is the first Past Life bag I ever made

Every wallet, clutch and purse has a story. The fabrics and accessories that make it what it is today have been reincarnated. They have a new life but they come to you with history. Each creation will include it’s own tale. I can’t promise you the story is true; it’s just my interpretation of the life it might have led.

I also have a decent collection of vintage items that I plan to sell on this site. Everything from shoes to kitchenware. So stay posted and thank you for stopping by.