It wasn't an expensive design college degree, or working under famous designers that taught Alexandra how to design products. It was God and Grandma!
Alexandra childhood summers were spent in Florida where her father built a beach home. Those summers were filled with fun on the beach. They had a dune buggy her father also built, and a boat. Many happy memories were made. There she found her love of the sea and all of its creatures. At the end of the summer her father would drive her family back home to Illinois. One summer, her father never came back. He abandoned them. Her parents soon divorced. Alexandra's world turned upside down. Her mother had not worked in years. Times became tough very quickly.
A few years later her mother remarried and Grandmother Gladys came into her life. It was this little 4'9 plump as a biscuit woman who had Jesus in her heart, never wore make up, never wore pants only dresses, never cut her hair, following her deep south Pentecostal religion, she would have the most positive impact on Alexandra's life.
With no money to buy clothes, Grandmother Gladys took Alexandra to the fabric department of a store, and told her to pick a pattern and fabric. Alexandra hated every minute of it. Like most girls her age, she wanted store bought clothes. What Alexandra didn't realize was at that moment she learned to envision how a product would look and design. After her Grandmother sewed the first outfit that Alexandra chose the pattern and the fabric for, Alexandra was so proud. Soon after Alexandra was old enough to work and she bought all her clothes from then on. That time in her life of picking fabric, would become a distant memory.
After spending years running her own business as an agent for film directors in NYC, Alexandra became tired of making others famous and decided it was time for her to become famous. From then on, Alexandra created over 600 hundred types of products with over 6000 different designs, her original art. She designed and created everything from skincare, to pet products, home decor, and of course clothing. Her first product was a garment she designed. Alexandra couldn't sew, so she hired retired women who needed extra money to sew for her not realizing that she was hiring all grannies just like her Grandmother sewed for her! Alexandra sent her first design to Country Living Magazine and three days later they called to say they wanted to feature it in their magazine. That feature garnered over $100,000.
After her products had many successes including being featured in over 50 magazines, COASTAL LIVING, COUNTRY LIVING, FLEA MARKET STYLE, HOME BEAUTIFUL to name a few, #49 out of a million sellers on Etsy, four retail stores, selling at wholesale trade shows to retailers, and her products featured on three HGTV shows, Alexandra looked back over her life and wondered how she was able to do all that she had accomplished. She realized it was God who gave her Grandmother Gladys to teach Alexandra how to envision a product and design it.
When Alexandra's father abandoned her, instead of becoming bitter, she turned to God because He promises that "all things work together for good to those that love God." Romans 8:28, her favorite verse. She learned that her Heavenly Father will always love her and never leave her. Alexandra also learned that her earthly father was a hurting person. That we all need God to love us and help us become our best selves. Alexandra forgave her father, restored her relationship with her father, and was able to see him two times before he died when she was 22 yrs old. It was a life lesson on forgiving others remembering God would always forgive her.
Many years later Alexandra realized had it not been for the cloudy events in her childhood, she would never have learned how to design. It was not in spite of her childhood heartache, it was because of it, that God gifted her with the ability to design and used her little Grandmother to help teach her, while all along behind the scenes, leading her to God. God turned her scars into stars!
Because of having "A Whole Lotta Jesus" in her life, Alexandra was able to get past her childhood, to go beyond, and see God use it for her good. God took her places she never dreamed of and those she did dream of. Alexandra not only could envision product designs, but envisioned where she wanted to go in life and that was because she has "A Whole Lotta Jesus" by her side wherever she goes! He did it for her and He can do it for you too♥