Artist: Nancy Napoli Pedrick
I am blessed with many friends, and cancer has touched them in significant ways. So, for that reason, I have chosen to make specific items, donating profits to their favorite causes. I have always supported The Pediatric Aids Foundation and have recently added The Susan G. Komen Foundation, along with Livestrong/The Lance Armstrong Foundation. My friend,Trish, and I are great fans of Lance Armstrong, and when he returned to the Tour de France, I thought it would be terrific to create a doll in her honor. Livestrong Trishie comes with her own Livestrong bracelet, as well as an actual Livestrong bracelet for you too! Trish is known for giving Livestrong bracelets to everyone to remind all of us to Livestrong, which she does with great gusto.
In addition to Trishie, I have other clothespin dolls for sale at From Nancy’s Heart. Being a doll lover at heart, these little girls give me the opportunity to dress them in wonderfully colorful materials, for all sorts of adventures. I’ve had several custom orders, which allowed me to stretch my creativity.
I also make handmade, three-dimensional ornaments for all occasions. (Now that I think of it, I’ve been making ornaments for more than 18 years. Yikes! 😀 ) They are friendly-faced characters that have become heirlooms for many clients of mine. Ten years ago, I started personalizing these ornaments, making them one of kind.
Even as a child, I knew that I wanted a non-traditional job. By day, I work part time in the engineering department for a television station in Philadelphia. I will usually work in the studio with the reporters and anchors for the news. At other times, I am working overnight recording television shows that will air later in the day. For years, I would create the graphics for actual news telecasts, but due to the economy, many jobs have been phased out. I love that I don’t work in an “office setting,” and everyday is casual Friday.
Remember in high school, when they gave you that career test? Well, I was told I should study engineering or architecture. Instead, I studied communications. Then I started a business where I make little characters out of wood – go figure! Lots of joy comes from making all my items, and I have found that creating is my source of happiness and peace.