We had the good fortune of connecting with Sharron Higgins and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sharron, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Welcome to the world of wild texas heART…where creativity meets Texas spunk!  I’m Sharron Higgins and I create in the historical town of Grapevine.   Saturdays, you will find me at the Grapevine Artisans Market behind the gazebo on Main Street from 10-4.  Sundays, please come by and chat at the Watauga Artisans Market at 7300 Denton Hwy. from 10-2 and, every day, you can find my custom baby onesies, adult shirts, crochet animals and other creations at The Texas General Store, 401 S. Main in Grapevine.

I started my exploration of various art forms as a young child dabbling in pencil drawings, oil painting, embroidery and crochet.  Life happened raising 2 children as a single mom and in 2007, I relocated to my beloved Grapevine where I discovered the Artisans Market.   I knew I had to be part of that and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute.  I’m now a grandmother of four, ranging from 24 to 4.  They are my heart and the inspiration for everything I do.

I started my adult creative adventures in papercrafting then moved to embossed metal and now I’m enjoying fiber arts in all forms creating crochet animals for all ages, home decor, one of a kind wearable art and even crochet Christmas decorations.   I also create humorous, edgy baby onesies and an eclectic variety of adult tees.  I recently began a new love affair with resin so who knows where my creative journey will lead me next.

I truly believe the most important factor behind anyone’s success is having a true passion for what you are doing, a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn everything you can to create a quality product and the ability to pivot and adapt when necessary.  The absolute best part of my business – the “paychecks of the heart” are those special moments when a child hugs their new little friend with love in their eyes and their smiles.  So many customers have become personal friends.  The highest praise is when a fellow artisan examines my work and compliments me.  There is great satisfaction in a job well done.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am leaving the corporate world this week to immerse myself in all things creative. I’m so excited to explore new avenues. I could have been derailed 10 years ago when I discovered I had breast cancer. It was stage 3 and had already spread to my lymph nodes. Surgery, shoutout to Dr. Hayne, chemo and radiation all proved successful and my family was my reason for fighting so hard to be here today.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d have to start in Weatherford at the Old Greenwood Cemetery to pay respects to Oliver Loving and Bose Ikard, the inspiration for Lonesome Dove’s Augustus McCrae and Joshua Deets. In accordance with cowboy tradition, we would leave a bandana. Then on to the Fort Worth Stockyards to “the Elephant” as Sam Elliott’s character in 1883 referred to the White Elephant Saloon. Originally located in the notorious Hell’s Half Acre, it was relocated in the 1970s. In continuous operation since the 1880s. Of course, one has to visit the world’s largest honky-tonk, Billy Bob’s. My new favorite site is the John Wayne Museum. Curated by the family, don’t be surprised if you run into Patrick or Ethan. Then off to San Antonio with lunch at the Grist Mill Inn in Gruene and a visit to a veritable shrine to country music – Gruene Hall where a young George Strait began his long, award winning career and John Travolta, as a dancing angel, charmed the ladies in “Michael”. The Alamo is a given, but I always enjoy seeing the artwork that hung in the living room of the Reata Ranch in “Giant” at the haunted Menger Hotel and the spectacular 24 minute 300 year history of Texas projected on the front facade of the San Fernando Cathedral erected in 1731. Back to Dallas to pay our respects to John F. Kennedy at the site in front of the School Book Depository where we saw Jackie trying to crawl out of the car after his assassination and on to Oak Cliff to the Texas Theatre where Lee Harvey Oswald was captured and where I spent every Saturday morning enjoying cartoons and movies.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My children and grandchildren have always supported and encouraged me in my journey and are the heart and soul of everything I do.

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