Patricia Bowlsby of Pattilu Creations is proud to call herself a true Texan and you can see that pride in every hand-painted Christmas ornament she makes.
Patricia, or Pattilu, as she is commonly known, has created her Texas-inspired ornaments for 20 years. She is one of our talented Texas by Texans vendors — each of her Texas made ornaments is one-of-a-kind and perfect for Texas Christmas gifts. Many of her designs feature the Lone Star State in blues and reds with bluebonnets painted on white, hand-blown glass bulbs.
Pattilu grew up in Dublin, Texas, where artistic endeavors were always a part of her family’s household because her mother was an art teacher. One day someone brought Pattilu handsaws to paint scenes on, which was how she started her craft. Over the years she has done everything from creating clay sculptures to engraving copper jewelry.
At one point in her life she lived nearly 10 years in Wyoming but longed to be home in Texas once again. When she moved back, she began working in a Texas-themed gift shop where she was asked to start painting ornaments. They quickly gained so much popularity Pattilu made it a career.
“It became quite a business,” she said, “I have some in the White House, too. They took some of them several years ago [during the Bush administration] and put them on the Christmas tree. I have sent more since then.”
Pattilu makes her Texas made ornaments all year and enjoys knowing that they are never identical, even if they are of similar theme or design, because they are individually crafted.
“They are just different,” she said. “You can buy store bought ornaments but it’s just not the same.”
If you would like to add Pattilu’s Creations to your tree, or give them away this year for Texas Christmas gifts, be sure to use the discount code TBTSPECIAL10 to get 10 percent off your ENTIRE order — even if you add an Eddie Deen smoked turkey to your cart!
Texas by Texans sells only products made in Texas by Texan artisans and craftsmen. We offer Texas treasures of all types from food and clothing to home and yard décor. A portion of every purchase goes to support the Texas Work of Art Foundation,which promotes the advancement of art and music education in Texas schools. At Texas by Texans, we know that Texas is not just a place – it’s a state of mind!