We have a tradition of going up to the mountains to cut down our Christmas tree every December. Brittany and I had done it every year, even when we were dating. But we had a tough decision to make because we had already let two months go by without getting our first official prototype made. In October we had to cancel plans with Brittany's Mom, Joan, to help us sew the first bag. So we decided that we had to sacrifice going up north and cutting down our tree, in order to have time to go and get our bag sewn. It turned out to be well-worth it, even though it makes me choke back tears thinking about not going up north ;)
My Mother-in-law Joan is a sweetheart. I really lucked out in having good in-laws with marrying Brittany. We spent about six straight hours with her figuring out the best way to make the bag, we still didn't have the main details figured out. But she patiently and tirelessly worked on making our prototype. It turned out great and we finally had something to work with.
I love the pictures we took along the way to document the process. In this one you can see Brit and Joan on the floor in the light of the Christmas tree in her living room. We have made changes to the original bag we made that day, but it has been a template on many levels. One major thing we discovered is that the spacer mesh wasn't open enough to let the water come in and the debris from the socks all stayed in the MatchMaid. We realized we needed a way to open the bag up more so water and debris could flow through it easily, which helped us create the MatchMaid we have today.