Seven generations back, my grandfather and his twin brother walked Holden Beach, North Carolina, fresh from Ireland. They were a family deepseeded in music, carpentry & masons. All Holdens play musical instruments, draw, and create.
As a child, I grew up with an overactive mechanical aptitude. Dismantling my mothers television at a young age proved to be such a shocking and eye opening experience that I just couldnt leave well enough alone.
Being the middle child of a single mother of 3 aided my ability to adapt and create things, simply for lack of the ability to purchase. Looking back, this was a blessing. With the help of my Uncle, I quickly learned numerous trades, continued my dismantling, improving (so I thought) and creating. Eight years in the U.S. Army proved to be an enlightening experience. During the day I was a Helicopter Crewchief, and on my offtimes I explored the world. A 2 1/2 year stay in Europe exposed this Louisville, KY native to expanses of art, food, architecture, and culture, that was well worth every day served, including the numerous campaigns until the final one in Mogadishu (Operation Restore Hope). After leaving the Army, I dabbled in every type of employment and business building, including autobody , chemical cleaning & production, land development, and new home construction & remodeling. The latter is where I found a passion. To take a home and completely change the look & layout was something I grew to love.
I kept myself busy with every possible new thing I could learn, quickly growing to a fascination with Youtube & internet resources. I have always had a love of water features, and one day while watching Youtube on how to make a faux boulder, I came across what would be the beginning of my true passion - "Decorative Concrete." With so many resources online it opened my mind to not only being limited to build things out of Wood & Metal but now "Stone". I have yet to have one person in my studio that was not interested and excited about what I do. With a solid background in every construction trade, this was a perfect blend and with my now finely polished Concrete Artisan Skills this has truly given me a sense of inner fulfillment in my creative endeavors.
I now live my life to help others realize an idea or dream through my 2 favorite mediums Wood & Stone.
Growing up in a predominantly Italian family, cooking was our art. My grandmother always had fresh homemade melba toast on hand, at least a handful of Italian cookies, and fresh modica in anticipation of the next Spaghetti dinner. My family knew how to throw a dinner party. No guest of ours EVER left hungry!
As a little girl, my fascination with baking became a passion. I graduated from an EZ Bake Oven to my mom's oven (with much help, of course) by the time I was 6 years old. I guess waiting for a cake to bake by way of a light bulb could test anyone's patience!
Over the years, it's no surprise that I became the "dessert maker" in the family. Baking became so much more for me than putting together a recipe - it became an art. I became enthralled with sugar artists all over the world. I began watching their shows and instructional videos and tutorials online...from the proper way to frost a cake to making "glass" out of sugar. I could hardly believe what I could create with sugar!
While I still enjoy making the traditional layer cake or cookies, my true passion is now in specialty cakes (3-D, carved creations). My heart warms each time I see the look on a client's face when he or she opens the cake box - it's a "wow" moment when that person realizes all of the detailed, personal touches on the cake. I love knowing that I've made a bride's day just a little more special, an anniversary a little more romantic, a child's birthday more exciting, or a graduation party more memorable. The right cake can give any event that special touch, and being the person who creates that touch makes me love what I do!
P.S. My husband and I laugh as we stroll the the aisles of party stores and hardware stores, as we have come to realize that our trades use such similar tools and techniques...his trowel is like my fondant smoother...his grout bag is like my frosting bag...I could go on and on. It's pretty comical when you think about it!