A business owner turns a pandemic hobby into a passion

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — After moving to the Rio Grande Valley to return to her roots, a Brownsville woman discovered her passion for crafts amid the pandemic.

Katherine Trevino, 33, is a Brownsville native and the face behind Shop Wavy Drops, an online jewelry store.

The small business is run by Trevino from her home, where she spends hours a day preparing orders.

After living in San Antonio for 10 years as a licensed esthetician, Trevino decided to return home in 2020 to be closer to her family and support system.

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Trevino said she suffered from anxiety and depression.

While working as a full-time paralegal, she found herself looking for an outlet

I really wanted to find something to occupy my hands.

Catherine Trevino

Working with clay was something she had never done before, but she said it helped pass the time.

“I loved doing it, and then I got better,” Trevino said of making her clay earrings.

After gaining the confidence to share her work online, she was thrilled to find a community of local creators who supported her art.

“I decided to sell it one day, then it sold, then I did more, then it snowballed,” she said.

Trevino specializes in making handcrafted “wellness jewelry”.

The vibrant colors she uses in her art are custom made by Trevino.

She said it usually takes her three days to soften, mix, pattern, bake, sand and assemble a batch.

The Brownsville native takes great pride in knowing that each piece is handmade, fashionable and durable.

Trevino said his goal is to turn the business into his full-time job so it can be a go-to for locals.

“I just want it to be fun and bold and I want people to feel good or a certain way when they wear it,” she said.

Trevino is inspired by her friends who she says have a bold, colorful and fun style.

I wanted to do shiny, fun things and kind of statements. A lot of things I do are because I want to wear them myself.

Catherine Trevino

She is most proud of her “happy collection,” which features smiling faces on her pieces.

In addition to selling her pieces online through Etsy, she also books local pop-ups to sell her product in person, a decision that took a lot of effort given her social anxiety.

“Being there to talk to people helped me a lot,” Trevino said. “I’ve made a lot of friends in this community, which I think helps too. There are other creatives out there that I find are struggling with the same thing.

Although she said she never imagined herself making jewelry, Trevino said she found her passion in her craft.

“Art is very special because it allows you to express yourself, and in many ways it allows you to express your feelings in healthy ways,” she said. “This thing really changed my life for the better.”

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