Everyone in the family was expected to contribute and to keep busy. Idle hands were never tolerated. There were certain arts and crafts that were done in different seasons or time of day. Much like ancient times, there was a job for everyone, the elderly, the very young and the disabled.
Although Sandra would have preferred majoring in Art, it was not acceptable. Her mother said she would never make a dime with it and must think about a real career, so she minored in Art.
Through-out Sandra’s career in Nursing, Real Estate and Social Services she spent many hours in her first love, Art. At one time she had a Stained Glass Studio in Southern California where she taught others and did many commissioned windows.
When she became disabled and retired, she moved back home to Cherokee County from Southern California wanting to be close to the art community and her Cherokee home.
Since early 2000 Sandra has been able to spend time perfecting her basket making skills and even teaching classes in Basketry, Beading, Pottery, Leather Crafts and Corn Husk Doll Making. Although Sandra hardly ever enters in the local competition, she has won several awards.
You can find several articles written about Sandra Pallie on the web, in the Daily Press of Tahlequah, and Muskogee Phoenix. Some of her works of art are in local museums and gift shops. She is always happy to encourage others and teach. Her Granny would say “If you hide it under the cover it dies, but if you share with others it lives forever”.