First of all, I love The Golden Girls.
I was a professional videographer and editor working at DreamWorks Animation in 2014 when I discovered Golden Girls-themed prayer candles. As a devout Golden Girls disciple, I needed these candles, but I thought the design could be better. Sophia should have her signature purse, for one thing.
So I created my own. My Photoshop skills from years of doing videography came in handy, and after a lot of trial and error I figured out how to affix my designs to some blank prayer candles.
They sat on my desk at work, and everyone who walked by commented on them. I started getting requests. So I added more saints, starting with some of my favorite pop culture icons. At the company holiday bazaar that year, I sold out of everything I had!
In 2016, I opened my Etsy shop. I didn’t expect to get 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. He's super supportive of my business.
I love how much joy these pop culture creations bring to people. I have gotten so many amazing messages of love and thanks, and of course lots of requests for more saints!
I put a lot of care into each of my designs. I think my best work always comes from a place of love, authenticity, and passion. Whether it’s Oprah, Lisa Vanderpump or Barack Obama, I actually do worship these people and admire what they stand for. Fan art is, at its heart, deep appreciation, nostalgia and love.
I hope these candles bring joy and light to you or someone you love.