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If you want to browse my LIFE IS ROSEY shop just visit
http://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeIsRosey

If you're up for learning how LIFE IS ROSEY came to be, read on... With twists and turns through a variety of art forms, I'm so grateful to be right where I am. Here's how it goes:

I have a faded hot glue gun scar on my left arm - a testament to my reckless childhood craftiness. In high school, I focused on painting, drawing, mixed media collage and assemblage and was accepted into Parsons School of Design in NYC. Conflicted about what I was going to do with my life, I decided to put off art college and pursue my other passion, acting. At age 17, I moved by myself from my hometown of Monroe, Louisiana to NYC. 55th and Broadway. Every day was a thrill as I worked my tail off as a personal trainer and a waitress. Because I missed…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 16
  • Joined December 27, 2007

Favorite materials

Sterling Silver, Gold, Copper, Bronze, Swarovski Crystals

About

If you want to browse my LIFE IS ROSEY shop just visit
http://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeIsRosey

If you're up for learning how LIFE IS ROSEY came to be, read on... With twists and turns through a variety of art forms, I'm so grateful to be right where I am. Here's how it goes:

I have a faded hot glue gun scar on my left arm - a testament to my reckless childhood craftiness. In high school, I focused on painting, drawing, mixed media collage and assemblage and was accepted into Parsons School of Design in NYC. Conflicted about what I was going to do with my life, I decided to put off art college and pursue my other passion, acting. At age 17, I moved by myself from my hometown of Monroe, Louisiana to NYC. 55th and Broadway. Every day was a thrill as I worked my tail off as a personal trainer and a waitress. Because I missed visual arts, I enrolled in F.I.T. (Fashion Institute of Technology) in Accessory Design but only went for 2 weeks before acting auditions pulled me away and I dropped out. In 2000 I fulfilled my dream of being on Broadway. Standing on that stage for the opening night curtain call in Julie Taymor's "The Green Bird" is a moment I will never forget. Joy and Triumph! The next year I performed a lead role on Broadway in SWING! and then on the 1st National Tour. It was an incredible time when I wore tight purple leather pants and walked down the street humming "Broadway Baby" with a grin a mile wide. I moved out to LA and did tv, film, and commercial work. I played the role of a murderous con-artist on "The District" on CBS which was exciting. My actor/husband got offered a play in Ashland, Oregon at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We were hesitant to leave our acting work in LA but I said, "Let's try to have a baby and I'll go with you up there!" And that's what happened. I went to Oregon, had my baby Rosalee, and learned what colic was. That new mom time was so challenging for me as it's no fun when a kid cries inconsolably for hours and hours on end. I was miserable, far away from my family, missing my life as an actor, leaking breastmilk from my Dolly Parton sized boobs, and suffering from sleep deprivation. Enter - jewelry.

One day a mom friend of mine took me to Michael's and we bought jewelry making supplies. From my first wire-wrap, I was hooked and LIFE IS ROSEY JEWELRY was born. Since then, my journey has taken me into metalsmithing which has been a fascination of mine since back when I (almost) studied accessory design at F.I.T. In recent years, I have taken acting jobs at Oregon Shakespeare, birthed another colicky child (God needed to test me a little extra right?) and also recorded 3 CD's (Cabaret, Country, and most recently a Blues CD that is getting radio play! Yea!). With my kids long past those hard baby times, I feel more than ever that I'm right where I'm meant to be.

"LIFE IS ROSEY: Jewelry that Speaks" has continued to grow each month and is now a full time job for me. Woo Hoo! It was a long and winding path to making a career as a visual artist but I'm here and I love it. The work I make is more than just a pretty thing to wear, each piece is handstamped with meaning to the individual. I love that people so often cry when they receive one of my creations. Honoring our children, partners, pets, friends... memories of those who have past, numbers that bring luck, symbols that have meaning, and words and verses that inspire - I adore waking up each day to create custom, meaningful, wearable, art. I handcraft my work in the highest quality materials and put my heart into every piece I ship out.

If you read down this far, I thank you for your interest in my work and my rambling story. You can subscribe to my blog at www.sarahjanenelson.com to read my occasional articles, stories, and social commentaries.

And don't miss the LIFE IS ROSEY Facebook page where I announce new designs, discounts, and giveaways - www.facebook.com/lifeisrosey

Peace and Love,
:) Sarah Jane

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