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My interest in arts and crafts began when I was just two years old. My grandmother owned a ceramics shop where my mother taught classes and she would give me little clay tiles, a paintbrush and paint. According to my mother I was mesmerized as I sat there making sloppy strokes of paint on the tile. Throughout my childhood my mother encouraged me to make all sorts of crafts. At age 8 I started making beaded jewelry that I sold in my grandmother's booth at an annual craft show. Creating beaded jewelry has been my favorite hobby ever since. I never really had time to make beaded jewelry once I reached adulthood because right out of high school I worked and went to school full time. That changed six years ago when I contracted Lyme Disease and co infections which left a wide range of multi systemic health problems in its wake and became chronic, leaving me mostly housebound and relentlessly seeking the elusive cure. With plenty of time to…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 1
  • Joined July 15, 2011

Favorite materials

Fireline crystal clear beading thread, Wildfire frost color beadweaving thread, memory wire, Thread Heaven, English beading needles, glass and natural pendants, Swarovski crystal beads and pendants, Japanese seed beads, delicas, decorative toggle clasps

About

My interest in arts and crafts began when I was just two years old. My grandmother owned a ceramics shop where my mother taught classes and she would give me little clay tiles, a paintbrush and paint. According to my mother I was mesmerized as I sat there making sloppy strokes of paint on the tile. Throughout my childhood my mother encouraged me to make all sorts of crafts. At age 8 I started making beaded jewelry that I sold in my grandmother's booth at an annual craft show. Creating beaded jewelry has been my favorite hobby ever since. I never really had time to make beaded jewelry once I reached adulthood because right out of high school I worked and went to school full time. That changed six years ago when I contracted Lyme Disease and co infections which left a wide range of multi systemic health problems in its wake and became chronic, leaving me mostly housebound and relentlessly seeking the elusive cure. With plenty of time to spare, I opened my giant bin full of beads and supplies and started down the path of making beaded jewelry professionally instead of as a mere hobby. Since then I have learned the more advanced tricks of the trade and I have developed a healthy passion for giving life and form to beads and thread. I love that something I've created can bring someone else happiness.

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