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Windy's Designs began in 1998, although I didn't actually know it at the time.

I'd always been crafty, as a child I drew and sketched horses in the margins of my schoolpapers and copied the clothing in the fashion ads in the newspapers. My dream was to go to art school, but my parents being practical people felt I would have a much more secure future by having what they considered more marketable skills. Consequently, I went to nursing school and then into the work force. I would still find time to craft now and then, one time it was appliqueing sweat shirts, then painting on clothing, melt and pour soap, knitting, crocheting and on and on. Always getting bored after awhile and ready to move on to the next craft.

One day I bought myself a sweater. It was a beautiful beige with a floral design done in crewel work in deep rich…

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  • Joined June 2, 2006

Favorite materials

sterling silver, beach glass, sea glass, pearls, gemstones

About

Windy's Designs began in 1998, although I didn't actually know it at the time.

I'd always been crafty, as a child I drew and sketched horses in the margins of my schoolpapers and copied the clothing in the fashion ads in the newspapers. My dream was to go to art school, but my parents being practical people felt I would have a much more secure future by having what they considered more marketable skills. Consequently, I went to nursing school and then into the work force. I would still find time to craft now and then, one time it was appliqueing sweat shirts, then painting on clothing, melt and pour soap, knitting, crocheting and on and on. Always getting bored after awhile and ready to move on to the next craft.

One day I bought myself a sweater. It was a beautiful beige with a floral design done in crewel work in deep rich shades of maroon, dusty rose and a dark and light green. I went through my jewelry box to find something to wear with it and found myself lacking something that would really complement the colors. A special sweater really needed special jewelry. I started looking at jewelry in the stores and online. I wasn't satisfied with anything I found. But in the meantime, I was learning about stones and colors. I had figured out what stones I needed to have in this special jewelry, but finding it ready made was impossible. So I began researching how to make jewelry and started a list of things I would need. Going down my list, I acquired each of the items, not having a clue about quality or price. When my materials arrived, I designed and made my necklace, bracelet and earrings. And it was the perfect accompaniment to my sweater.

Once you've been bitten by the bead bug, there is no turning back. I had leftovers from my project and suddenly began to incorporate them into designs in my head, always needing more colors, different sizes. So I began to buy more supplies, learning as I went, absorbing information like a sponge. All the jewelry was mine, and made for gifts. It never even crossed my mind to sell it.

As the years passed, I improved my skills, my knowledge and amassed a large inventory of beads of every material, size and color you could possibly imagine. I found an online jewelry making forum and became a regular member. There, my eyes were opened to the world of jewelry making and all the possibilities that I hadn't even dreamed of. I eventually tired of stringing beads and started my hand at working with wire,

More years passed, and of course, my skills improved and my inventory of supplies multiplied exponentially. My online jewelry making buddies talked about doing shows and selling their work. Up until that time, I had never thought of selling the jewelry I made. Not because of insecurity, I was certain that I had reached a level where my jewelry was certainly made well, I had wear tested everything and worked out any problems long before. And as many craft shows as I had attended not once did it cross my mind that I could be set up and selling right along with them.

So, fast forward to here we are today. My jewelry graces the arms, necks, ears, wrists and ankles of not only friends and family, but people around the world.

As many years as I have been doing this, I've never lost the passion. I continue to learn, to teach and to improve. And I think I make the world just a little more beautiful with my jewelry.

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