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Conversations with Dulce Felix

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dulce Felix .

Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us how you got started?
Grief is what sparked my journey after the loss of my baby Alex. My husband Luis could see I was hurt and was looking for ways to help me. One day he said to me, why don’t you find something to do that makes you feel better? Get your mind off things. He said go to the store and try everything until you find what helps you. I prayed on this but I was reluctant. Days later, I went into a local store named Screws and Sparkles that sells handmade and vintage items. I had a conversation with the store owner Sophia telling her I hadn’t found myself. I loved what she said. She said some people find it at 20, some at 30 and others at 40 and so on. She didn’t know what I was going through but gave me words of encouragement. She said to start small. Start with one idea, then keep going until you find it. I walked out of there and cried on my way home. I thought about my husband. I thought about what’s been on my mind and heart. The next day I prayed and asked the Lord to be with me. I went to the store and at this point, I decided to look through the whole store. I decided not to leave until I found something that made me happy or felt right. I was there for hours! It wasn’t until I saw something sparkle in the jewelry section. So I bought a bunch of supplies. As I was at the checkout, I saw a passage “Lord blesses and keeps you.” Numbers 6:24. I smiled and thought, well, I did ask the Lord to show up for me today. I went home and said to myself, just put the hook in the earring and start somewhere. I felt a little out of it since this was my first time. I decided to give it a go. At this point, it was like my husband said. I had nothing more to lose. So I started making earrings, and it felt good. I would start with many ideas and get lost for hours making earrings. It was soothing. I enjoyed this, but I felt something was still missing. I had found something that would make me wonder for hours, but I had not found myself. I wanted to find what my calling was. One day I was outside watering the plants when the mist created a rainbow. I was happy to see one. It reminded me of when I was a kid and would see rainbows as I watered the flowers. It was always a great feeling. I sat there and thought, what if I could make rainbows in my house. So I started making sun catchers. It’s what would feel very soothing to me. One day when I was watering the plants, a hummingbird came to my face. I freaked out! I tried to splash the hummingbird away. I started laughing uncontrollably. That was the first time I laughed after my loss. It felt like the universe was telling me to snap out of it, like come on, smile and laugh again! So I began adding hummingbirds to my sun catchers to remind me of my healing experience. Hoping that maybe someone else could feel better through my art too. After all, the symbolic meaning of a hummingbird is to let love and light into our lives. I knew I found myself when I finished a sun catcher and put it in my room. I filled my entire room with rainbows, and that’s when I knew! I found a meaning to my journey.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I would say this has been a rough road but I am glad it was . Along the way I learned from many situations. Sometimes I thought I was going in the right direction but later found that was not the case. I am grateful for these experiences. Through the hardships I grew wiser and even found great friends who are also small business owners.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m known and specialize in handmade jewelry and sun catchers.I make Sun catchers to help my customers create a more soothing space in their home with rainbows and sparkles . Sun Catchers have glass prisms that create rainbows . My favorite thing to make are hummingbird sun catchers.I have also made remembrance pieces. I love being able to help create something so meaningful to remember a loved one. It’s an honor to be contracted to do such pieces.

I make Sun Catchers because I find the rainbows and sparkles soothing.They create an uplifting energy. I share them with the world now because it’s what helps me . I thought if this works for me maybe it can work for someone else too.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
Yes! We are always in such a rush. I learned to slow down. Sometimes we don’t see opportunities right there because we aren’t even paying attention. Slow down, take care of yourself. We are in a rush to always have an answer for texts and emails. Slow down. Think. We have great ideas inside our minds. Slow down to see them and apply what is best for your life. This is what I learned. There is always a better way—a good idea. Better decisions. A better everything. Be patient

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