My name is Patricia and I started making jewelry at home over 25 years ago. I have always longed to do something creative for a living. I grew up with an artistic mother who graduated with high honors from the top art college in Toronto. I was still in grade school when she decided to attend college full time.
I guess with having a mother who was always painting, drawing, enamelling or throwing clay on a wheel, it was a natural progression for me to develop an interest in the arts.
My true, true love was performing. Wow! how I longed to be a dancer and an actor. There was only one problem...I was really shy. I approached acting classes on a couple of occasions and found I just could not speak.
I put the dream on the back burner knowing that I would try again once I felt more confident. At the age of 22, I decided I wanted to study fashion design and enrolled in a college program.
Three years later I graduated with high honours and zero interest in pursuing the field. Although I loved designing clothes I realized that I did not love the industry.
I secured an office job and was promoted a couple of times within the company. After a couple of years with the same company I found myself becoming more miserable. Actually, I was really more than miserable... I had no idea how to make space for myself in the "work world."
I am a true Gemini, through and through, and let me tell you it has been a long learning curve balancing that Gemini nature. I think I'm getting the hang of it.
At 26 I quit my job at the beginning of a recession and I had no idea what I could do for a living. I worked temp jobs and again found myself coming up short on how to integrate my true self into the work environment.
I started to make things...placemats...decorative boxes and jewelry. I soon took to making jewelry at home and developed a passion for it. Everything I made took me an hour and I thought everything I made was beautiful.
Luckily not only did I develop my skills, but I developed my eye for beauty. What I thought was beautiful then, I would not dream of selling or making today.
I did return to my dream of pursuing acting and enrolled in some improv classes. Yeah...I could finally speak and I actually had fun too.
Slowly over time I built my jewelry business by exhibiting at craft shows in Canada and the United States and by selling my line to stores.
In 2002 my first child was born and started the show circuit with me at only five weeks old. Oli slept in a bassinet under our booth table for most of the eighteen days of our exhibition.
The performing bug hit me again and I signed up for a couple of stand up comedy classes. I knew I had to take the class, but I promised myself that I did not have to actually get up in front of the class if it felt too overwhelming.
The teacher, who was absolutely wonderful, created a really safe environment for everyone and by week two I was up in front of the class with a microphone.
On my second round taking the class I became pregnant again and in 2007 Hailey was born.