Sarah is my sister, and next to Vlad, my best friend. She’s also a super talented artist who designs textiles, among other things. I decided to take one of her designs from Spoonflower and turn it into this embroidery piece. It’s all back stitches in two strands of DMS floss #902.
You may have figured this out, but Sarah and I are not biologically related. Our parents adopted her from India. Adoption stories always have a lot of layers, and our family is no exception (I also have an adopted brother and a biological brother). But I’m super blessed that Sarah and I have always shared a close relationship.
As kids, Sarah was my idol. I wanted to do everything she did, which I’m sure was pretty annoying at times. But she also made plenty of time to play dress up with me. I was extremely jealous of her long black hair and begged my mom to let me dye mine to match. Thankfully she never let me.
As adults, we were roommates together for a few years in New York. That certainly came with its own challenges, but now we’re stronger for it. Now she’s in grad school in Texas, and I really miss having family in the city. Thankfully she still visits pretty often.
I don’t explain the adoption thing to most people we meet together because that would be weird. So it leads to a lot of interesting assumptions. When she and my mom were visiting last week, we went to the Mac makeup store and Sarah was looking at trying a product I use regularly. Mom said, “Your sister can always show you how to use it.” The associate helping us was like, “Yeah! Your sista!” That one happens a lot, as well as people assuming we are a couple. I don’t mind :)