A Gift Fit for a Prince

Jan Cook

She made a Tooth Fairy Pillow for Great Britain’s Prince George (William and Kate’s firstborn) and a Christmas stocking for Dusty Hill, base player for ZZ Top.

My friend Jan Cook has one of the most creative and unique retirement gigs I’ve seen.

This former Special Ed teacher and now agent in her husband’s financial service company calls what she does “Heirloom Sewing,” heirloom because she makes everything from antique, vintage materials, “which,” says Cook, “makes them instant heirlooms.”

I want to know how the royal couple found her in Midland, Texas. Cook’s answer is long and involves friends, ambassadors and newspapers, but, suffice it to say, she has been written up in both the French and British press.

By the way, the prince’s pillow was made of materials from Greece, plus a piece of lace from Princes Di, which had been in her family since the 1760s. Cook said it took five days to complete.  Afterwards, this West Texas seamstress received a “lovely thank you letter” from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Cook says wedding garters (a favorite of her customers) take about an hour to craft, personalized pillows about 15-20

Name of God Pillow

hours and covered wedding albums can take up to 60 hours. Yep, she is one busy lady, but, she says, she has yet to turn business away. “It’s not just a business but a passion,” she tells me. “I work a lot, but” (as she grins) “it keeps me off the street and out of bars.”

Lately, I’ve been impressed with Cook’s perseverance. 2019 was a tough year for her. In addition to the illness and death of people close to her, she suffered a life-threatening, poisonous spider bite that put her in the hospital for 12 days. “I can state unequivocally that the Lord just saw me through the year,” she says.

Cook’s faith seems to be the key to both her craft and attitude. She tells me she is a “glass-half-full” kind of person. Despite her recent troubles, she talks about how blessed she has been by family and friends. “All of this, plus a business I love, makes me get up in the morning. Every day is a gift from God, and I want to live it to the fullest.”

8 thoughts on “A Gift Fit for a Prince

    1. Thank you, Mike for the beautiful article about me and my work! I am quite humbled by it!
      “Soli Deo Gloria”

  1. Thank you, Mike for the beautiful article about me and my work! I am quite humbled by it!
    “Soli Deo Gloria”

  2. What a wonderful article sharing an example of God’s creativity through Jan. He does amazing things through an open, willing heart. I am grateful for your heart and for your friendship. Love Marylyn

  3. Your touching and superb article about Jan Cook is an opportunity for many of those who have been lucky to meet her to learn about her G-d given talents. Not only is Jan the “jewel” of Midland, Texas, she rescued my daughter and me from the “Blizzard of Midland” on February 5, 2020, when everything shut down including Midland International Airport, and we were stranded!

  4. What a beautiful article reflecting the work of a beautiful person. Thank you for sowing love and kindness into my impressionable teenage life! You made a difference to me! You loved this young neighborn as yourself!!! I love how God has used your gifts and talents and passion to be such a blessing! He has given you His favor around the world! He continues to use you to make a difference in the lives of others!

    Love you and am grateful for you!!
    Shannon

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