Stacy Hawkins and Jazmin Hidalgo, members of the Spanish-speaking Valencia Ward in the Citrus Heights Stake, recently started a DIY business called Vinyl Expressions and More. The ladies launched by displaying their work at a crafting expo at Sun Village. Both love creating a variety of things with their hands, and enjoy using their life experiences to produce unique items.
Stacy Hawkins grew up in the Mormon Colonies (Colonia Dublán) in Chihuahua, Mexico. Stacy says, “Things weren’t easy to come by. You couldn’t just run to Target or Hobby Lobby. I would have to get creative. As a kid [I] would play in the backyard, making clubhouses out of apple crates and bales of hay. I was always having to use my imagination.” All of this helped her be dauntless in creating and making things out of wood. This passion for creativity has continued on into adulthood as her husband is a general contractor and she uses his tools and leftover wood for her work.
Of her friend, Jazmin says, “She is awesome! She is really good at making wood finishes.”
Jazmin Hidalgo, born in Fresno, California, and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, considers herself a romantic. As a young girl, she saved favorite poems and worked selling computers in Mexico City. In her free time, she enjoyed crafts, including painting ceramics.
Stacy says, “Jazmin and I met a few years ago when we moved in a new home and started attending the Spanish Ward. Jazmin’s husband was the bishop. Jazmin and I hit it off right away. She has a very strong testimony of the gospel. She is a friend you can always count on to go above and beyond. She is a hard worker, which helps keep me focused.”
Nine years ago Jazmin decided with some friends to start a business from home to bring in extra income. They bought a vinyl cutting machine and started working, employing Jazmin’s previous experience with software and programming from her time selling computers in Mexico City. She says, “We did little projects for others here and there. We were four of us.”
One year ago, Jazmin decided to buy her own cutting machine and continue creating on her own. She says, “I just couldn’t stop, I love it so much, and if I could earn some money doing it, even better!”
Jazmin and Stacy make custom vinyl stickers and custom wood signs, a combination of the two, and more. Custom orders are available upon request. Stacy says, “If there is a specific idea or a picture a customer has, we will try to make it as close as possible or we will work with the customer to create what they want.” Their children like to help them also. Jazmin’s daughter, Daniela, is always looking for phrases that to use for signs. They enjoy what they do and doing it together. They think it’s more like play than work. They can create something personalized and unique for their customers because they know there is only one of those creations in the whole world. They find joy inspiring others using their craft.
Stacy says, “We have a page on Facebook that helps us get the word out. Most of our advertising is word of mouth.” You can find some of their creations here, at https://www.facebook.com/VinylXpressionsandmore/.