My name is Staci Lewis White, the owner of The Wired Bird. I have been a lover of all things repurposed since I was a young girl. Born and raised in Florida, I grew up on a farm in Dade City and spent my time either exploring the outdoors or creating some sort of "masterpiece". I soon discovered that with a little imagination and some paint you could create almost anything. I was fortunate to have traveled through Europe on my own as a teenager and I was able to experience the beauty and integrity of age old buildings, furniture and design. I learned to appreciate time worn and tarnished and began to shun the shiny and new.
This passion has continued throughout my life and I feel there is such beauty to be found in imperfection. Whether it is a rusty gear or a well-loved piece of furniture, there is beauty in the wear marks, scuffs and a soul to be discovered that a new store bought item just does not hold.
While I have always played by the rules with a full time career, it really drained the life out of me, I always had a light shining inside that said there was more to be done. I finally decided to take the plunge and enrolled back into an accelerated college program to pursue my lifelong dream of obtaining a master's degree in psychology so I could open a counseling practice and help others. This meant letting go of most of my belongings and anything in my life that was considered a luxury. While it was a huge lifestyle change I soon discovered it was the most liberating and generous thing I could have done for myself. I started hand painting recycled wood signs as a means to help pay for some of my bills and I was unsure how I would survive. I started selling the signs and immediately met some of the most inspirational and wonderful people in the world. They encouraged me and believed in me and I eventually started to believe in myself. I found a beautiful shop called Sugarcreek Too in Dade City and rented a small wall space, which quickly grew in a matter of weeks to an entire room. I soon started to add some of my eclectic handmade jewelry that includes recycled Sari silk, French silk, upcycled metals and recycled pieces of life as well as my vintage button bracelets. I created a line of what I call "My Lovelies" which are small burlap and mixed media hanging inspiration pieces and so much more.
The Wired Bird has continued to grow and develop and the joy I feel when I meet a new customer/friend and hear their story touches my heart and literally changes my life. There is a beautiful connection that is made amongst creations that goes beyond the item and connects us so deeply I feel as though everything I have ever done to be at this place in time has been absolutely worth it.
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