My name is Kerrin, and I love The Golden Girls.
I love that show deep in my bones. It’s a comfort; I’ll sometimes put it on when I’ve had a nightmare and can’t get back to sleep. Blanche and Dorothy and Rose and Sophia are like saints to me, always there in my time of need.
I was a professional videographer and editor working at DreamWorks Animation in 2014 when I discovered Golden Girls-themed prayer candles on Etsy. As a devout Golden Girls disciple, I needed these candles, but I was hesitant to shell out $65 when I also felt like the designs could be better. Sophia should have her signature wicker purse, for one thing.
So I created my own designs. My Photoshop skills came in handy, and with a lot of trial and error I figured out how to affix my designs to some prayer candles.
They sat on my desk at work, and everyone who walked by commented on them. I started getting requests. I found I loved the design process, and I made more saints of my favorite musicians and pop culture icons. At the DreamWorks Holiday Bazaar that year, I sold out of everything I had.
I opened my own little Etsy shop, relying on my obsessive perfectionism and attention to detail to set me apart. I didn’t expect many sales, but it seemed my lovingly designed saints were a hit. Before long, orders were pouring in.
When I left DreamWorks in 2017, I stepped into my DreamLife, which is being a stay-at-home dog mom to my Shih Tzu Ophelia.
I live in Fullerton, California, with my amazing husband Michael.
In 2018 my best friend, Caroline, a stay-at-home mom in Orlando, Florida, came on board to help me make and ship candles. She ships the East Coast orders, and I do the West Coast ones.
It’s a dream to get to work with my best friend, and in 2019 we were invited to sell our Bravo-themed candles at the first-ever BravoCon in New York. We’re huge Bravo fans, so that was a surreal and thrilling experience. I mean, does it get any better than that?
My goal with my designs is simply to make people happy. I love how much joy these worshipful pop culture creations bring to people. I have gotten so many amazing messages of love and thanks, and of course hundreds of requests for more saints.
I spend a lot of time on my designs and put a great deal of thought into each one. I think my best work comes from really being a true fan and understanding how it feels to be deeply inspired by someone, whether it’s Oprah or Lisa Vanderpump or Barack Obama. I really admire these people and what they stand for, and I hope my devotion to them shows in my designs.
This for the fans. Also, they’re just plain fun.