How Hazy Dayz Dragonflies Took Flight
My journey has not been one I expected, one with a retirement plan leading to strategies, enabling me to reach my goal by a pre-determined age.
I am a born-and-bred farm girl who joined the Canadian Armed Forces at the age of 21. After serving my country for 11 years, I chose a new path. I have enjoyed small successes in the cottage industry with a furniture repair and refinishing shop, “Rejuvenations,” followed by a baking and confectionery business – “One Accidental Bakery,” and later with the development of a candied-nut product – Almond Maple Crunch, while working forty hours a week for another business.
While working there, I was a customer service representative and spoke to tens of thousands of customers over the phone for 19 years! Part of my responsibility was to learn about new products that our company brought in. I would see, touch, even use samples enabling me to answer a customer’s phone questions before or after a purchase. Reviewing the newest products one afternoon, I had a weird revelation. Some might call it a light-bulb moment. I glanced at a patio, stand- style weather vane, with a dragonfly ornament aloft instead of the typical rooster. Nearby, I noticed a display of copper plant tags. I looked from one, to the other and back to the first. I knew in an instant that I could and would make dragonflies from the copper tags. With no set purpose, though a lot of determination, I began creating prototypes. My first two dragonflies if you could even classify them as such, looked horrendous! Undaunted, I set them aside and persevered. I have kept my prototypes and may post pictures of them some day. For now, it is too embarrassing.
By my fourth prototype, I felt I had figured out a good technique for making dragonflies from copper. What could I do with this knowledge? I decided to make a few and decorate a grapevine wreath for my entry door. That was all I had in mind ~ an attractive and unusual wreath to dress my door. I enjoyed making them and was asked if I could make a few for some friends and neighbours. At work, colleagues asked how much I charged for them. Up until that time I had given them as gifts.
I had all but given up on being an entrepreneur, when this venture darted into my consciousness, hovered, and came to rest in my heart. I take pride in making every dragonfly, knowing its my imagination, design, technique, and crafting ability that brings each one to life.
Having passion is great. Passion and commerce do not always marry…. but when they do, they will live happily ever after.