Patti is originally from Southern Illinois near St. Louis. Her background includes the IRS management, Mary Kay Sales Director, and Yellow Pages Advertising. She is engaged with 3 children, 2 grandkids, and 4 grandoggies. She has always had a passion for DIY projects and in 2009 started a kitchen remodeling business painting old laminate countertops to look like granite or marble and designing and tiling backsplashes. She was lucky enough to be able to move her business to The Villages where she currently resides.
Working full-time she needed a get-a-way, so she found peace and solace by going to a few beaches on the gulf and quickly developed a passion for seashell seeking. She was intrigued by the beauty and intricacies of God’s gorgeous treasures from the ocean. However, one can accumulate too many shells, so she began decorating refurbished items such as frames, mirrors, bathroom accessories and more. Besides giving these items as gifts, she shares her seashell art with others at Gilded Matilda’s.