Faces of Local spotlights the cool people and businesses that make Tampa Bay such an awesome place. The video series is produced by LocalShops1's community relations director, Cherlene Willis. To find out how you can be involved, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Gina Milinovich, owner of Aussie Designs in Clearwater. The business offers hand-painted customization, glass creations, gift baskets, recycled art, gel candles, flower arrangements, centerpieces, painted clothing and more. You can find Aussie Designs online at at vendor events and markets throughout Tampa Bay.
"Aussie Designs came about from Aussie (Gina's dog) walking around an industrial warehouse floor getting his paws dirty and jumping on my lap. The greasy, diesel, soot paw prints were not removable by the dry cleaner or by other cleaning solutions and I wanted to keep the clothing and needed to figure out how to cover the spots somehow." Gina explains on her website. "So we covered up the spots with painted designs in which Aussie proceeded to walk through prior to the paint being dry. The more we painted the more ideas and creations came about."
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