Pat GradyFiber Artist & CEO
(Chief Embellishing & Encouraging Officer)
"Use my talents to inspire and encourage others to find God's purpose for our life's journey"
In 2006, I started Embellishing Bliss! part-time. My initial focus was designing Custom Creations for people who wanted something to honor the memory of a loved one. T-shirts, jeans, neckties, dresses, and sweaters were transformed into tote bags, hats, quilts, pillows and other treasures.
I also made a New Year’s Resolution in 2006 to refrain from buying new clothes (except footwear & underwear) for the year. I have renewed that resolution every year since then. Instead of buying new, I find wonderful treasures at thrift stores, garage sales and consignment shops. I use what others discard to create Wearable Art for myself and others. It has become my signature style and part of the brand for Embellishing Bliss!
By 2007 Embellishing Bliss! was my full time career. I began to expand my product line and did a few shows where I sold unique one of kind accessories and continued designing Custom Creations to honor people's memories.
2009 brought many changes, including designing a line of accessories that was sold to the wholesale market. Wearable Art including hats, scarves, mittens and handbags were sold to over 30 stores in 6 Midwestern states. Blissful Experiences were also held in my studio to teach people how to make mittens, handbags, or just to have fun and expand their creativity.
In 2011 I was introduced the practice of using a Visual Journal. It is a place you can feel free to explore, practice, play and dream without judgment. This practice has been life changing for me. I want to share what I have learned with others so they have the opportunity to create their own personal guide or road map for their life's journey.
From what once was cast-away – beauty emerges. “Blisstify” your life- find magic in the possibilities.