Hazy DayZ Dragonflies
Hazy DayZ Dragonflies

Hazy DayZ Dragonflies

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Your heart speaks your PASSION. I finally listened to mine. My journey has not been one I planned; One with a retirement strategy enabling me to reach my goal by a set age and income. No. That would be too straight forward for this Gemini.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 more recently, with the development of a candied-nut product – Almond Maple Crunch, all while working a 40 hour week for someone else. While gainfully employed as a customer service representative, I spoke with tens of thousands of customers for 19 years! Part of my responsibilities as a phone representative 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 over at a patio-stand style weathervane, with a dragonfly motif aloft instead of the typical rooster. The product was 7 feet tall. Next to it, on an antique display case, a new display of copper plant tags, each tag meticulously set in place to represent unfurled hand fan. I glanced from the dragonfly motif, to the tags and back up to the motif. I knew in an instant that I could and would make dragonflies from the copper tags. I had no idea how I would do it, just that I would. Like I said, WEIRD!The following weekend, with no set purpose for the dragonflies, though a lot of determination, I began creating. My first two dragonflies if you could even classify them as such, looked horrendous! Undaunted, I set them aside and persevered. By my fourth prototype, I felt I had figured out a good technique for making dragonflies from the copper tags. I have kept my prototypes inside a shadowbox with a statement word, “Believe.” This is my motivational reminder of my creativity and determination if ever the well seems dry.Next question. What could I do with my creations? I decided to make a few and decorate a grapevine wreath for my entry door. Done.That was all I had in mind ~ an attractive and unusual wreath to dress my door for the summer. Once complete and hung, however, my wreath stirred a fair bit of interest and the first question I would hear was, “How do you make the dragonflies?” I enjoyed making them and found it easier to create them for friends and neighbours than explain the process. At work, colleagues asked how much I charged for them. Up until that point, I had given them as gifts.I began to assess the pros and cons of my past ventures with those of a possible new one, Hazy Dayz Dragonflies. I considered the artistry and uniqueness, finished product weight for ease of transport and shipping, their infinite shelf life, construction without electricity or adhesives, thereby making them ‘green’ along with colleagues willingness to pull out their wallets before I had thought of selling them. The Fancifulls are cute and most importantly bring smiles and joy to those who see them.I was hooked.With many design ideas, and customer suggestions regularly, my mind races. I am keeping track of all comments for future reference.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, envisioning the smiles they will elicit from their new owners.The takeaway?Having passion is great. Passion and commerce do not always marry…. but when they do, they will live happily ever after.Thank-you for stopping by,Sue Gibb