This week's "Friday Feature" is
Patricia Mackey of
Tippy Stockton Jewelry came to be in August of 2009. But I have to back up a bit to explain. In April of 2008, my Dad passed away. He had been fighting Cancer for many years; many more years than the doctors had ever expected him to live. But determination and a fiery Irish attitude allowed him 6 more years with us. While his death was sad, it was expected. What was not expected was the Stage 4 Cancer diagnosis that was given to my Mom just a few short weeks after Dad passed away. My dear, sweet Mom was taken from us in January, 2009. My world was turned upside down. I found myself in the depths of a very deep depression. I had quit my job as a manager of a Home Decor/Nursery to take care of my Mom, so here I was so depressed and with no job, and I felt no future. While tending to my parents affairs, my husband and neighbor built me what is today known as the Tippy Stockton Studio. Yes, upon my return from California, there stood 4 walls to a darling little Studio just steps from my back door. But what to do??? I had made jewelry for myself in the past, but never really gave it a thought that I could actually make a business out of it. With a few boxes of beads, some wire and tools, I started beading. I was the little girl who spent hours pouring through my Grandmother and Mom's jewelry boxes. When I finally opened Mom's jewelry box, I was surprised to find over 20 pairs of Rosary Beads. Before my Mom was my Mom, she was a nun. You could say I had a bit of a light bulb moment. I began making necklaces and bracelets with the medals and crosses from my Mom's stash of goodies. So I made it my mission . . . whenever I was out junking, I would look for religious articles that I could use in my jewelry. But it didn't stop there. I found some amazing filigrees from an ETSY seller that have been the mainstay in my line ever since Lucky Magazine featured my Barcelona Earrings as a Fall Pick in their October 2009 magazine. It was at that point that I knew that this was what I am supposed to be doing.
In August, 2011 I launched my very own website @ www.tippystockton.com. I still retain my ETSY shop for the exposure, but most of my time and effort is spent keeping my own site fresh and up to date. In addition, I currently sell to over 30 stores in the United States, and have been featured in several magazines. I'm married to the love of my life John, and together we have a wonderful son Kellan who is 24 and an amazing mini Aussie named Chloe. We live in Edmonds, WA, a lovely little seaside community on Puget Sound. Through sadness, a new life has emerged for me, one that I'm really proud of. I feel the loving embrace of my parents each day as I bead away in my sweet Studio.
Feel free to stop by my blog @ www.tippystocktonblog.blogspot.com where you will find a post about the Giveaway I'm having in conjunction with this blog feature. Simply leave me a note about your favorite summertime activity, like my facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/TippyStocktonJewelry, and I'll enter your name to win one of my Blessed Bracelets (you choose the color and finish). I'll pick a winner on August 15. In the meantime, I hope you'll love perusing my website @ www.tippystockton.com.
Have an amazing Summer, and thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll visit again!
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