How long have you been doing this, and how did you get started? I started making block lights a year and a half ago. I saw a similar idea at a church bazaar in north Myrtle Beach, S.C., while visiting my mother. We really liked them, and so I began making the block lights during my visit with her. I make them now in memory of my mother. She passed away very unexpectedly a few weeks after my visit. I have expanded on the idea and the designs, each one being unique.
How much time do you spend on your work? About 10 hours per week
Do you work another job? Yes, I work part time at a doctor's office, and I also have a part-time Shaklee business from my home (health and wellness / environmentally safe products).
What inspires your work, and what does it mean to you? The memory of my mother inspires my art. She was a bright light in my life and continues to be so, just in a different way now. I love being creative with the designs and enjoy working with customers to match their own decor. These lights are a wonderful way to create mood lighting in any room of your home or to use as a simple night light in the kitchen, bath, hallway or anywhere you want subtle lighting. During the day they add a decorative touch to your home.
In what ways does your work touch others or influence the community? My customers tell me how much they enjoy their lights. Many customers buy more than one and come back to purchase as gifts for birthdays, Christmas or baby showers.
Is it important to you to influence or touch others? Yes. Making a difference, contributing, sharing and caring is what life is about.
Do you have a Web site? I do not yet have a Web site, but I welcome e-mail orders. If you give me your phone number, I will call you to discuss and customize your order.
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