Since this is my very first blog post, I thought I'd introduce myself.
I am passionate about jewelry and making jewelry. I fell in love with jewelry when I was in my 20's and discovered art jewelry. I was in a craft store and it blew my mind to see jewelry that was obviously handmade and one of a kind. From then on I was in trouble!
To back up a little, I studied botany in college. After some serious time off and a few adventures, I settled down and decided to finish my degree at the University of CT. Did I mention I am originally from CT? I worked in greenhouses, with a landscaper, and as a gardener for many years which I loved. I love plants! My favorite gigs involved lots of flowers and lots of color.
Once I got married, we moved to Maine. I was still gardening. Then we had a baby and I cut back my work hours to 3 days a week, which was great. My son's nanny had to move when he was 3 and I decided to stay home with him. It turned out, I loved that too!
Meanwhile in the background is me always making things: sewing, knitting, embroidering, beading, and on and on. I even made a quilt once. I started beading all the time and realized I could make some pretty cool art jewelry with beads and so I did.
I wanted to make the metal components for my jewelry so I started acquiring the tools and taking some metalsmithing lessons at night. I practiced on and off for years until I finally felt like I got it. Then the metalwork replaced the beadwork and that's where I am now. There are so many things percolating in the back of my head...all the time. I don't think any material has ever inspired me like working with silver and gold. It's fun and challenging and I love wearing it!
That brings me right up to now. I am still in love with metalsmithing, and as it turns out, running my little business. I love my customers and seeing them be transformed when they try on a beautiful piece of jewelry. Jewelry can be so powerful!
When I'm not working on or in my business, I am outside making the most of this beautiful place I live. I love to hike, jump on the bike, go for a run, garden or whatever seems to be right, at the moment. It all feeds the soul.