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Ever since I was a little girl, I have always been fascinated with art and making things. I come from a very creative background. My mom is always making things around the house, decorating and recently she has started making jewelry. My grandfather made Victorian dollhouses, both of my grandmothers sewed, and my father was a painter and a graphic designer. It’s in my blood to be creative.

I got into making jewelry when I was about 15. My mother brought me to a bead store near my house, and I immediately fell in love with all of the stones and beads they sold. I wanted to learn how to do everything! The next weekend, I went back and applied for a job and was hired on the spot. The owner taught me basic bead stringing, wire-wrapping and knotting. Before long, I became the main instructor for all of the jewelry classes the store offered. I loved it!…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 24
  • Joined June 25, 2007

Favorite materials

Sterling silver, copper, brass, semi precious stones, crystals, mixed metals, glass beads, feathers, rhinestones

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Ever since I was a little girl, I have always been fascinated with art and making things. I come from a very creative background. My mom is always making things around the house, decorating and recently she has started making jewelry. My grandfather made Victorian dollhouses, both of my grandmothers sewed, and my father was a painter and a graphic designer. It’s in my blood to be creative.

I got into making jewelry when I was about 15. My mother brought me to a bead store near my house, and I immediately fell in love with all of the stones and beads they sold. I wanted to learn how to do everything! The next weekend, I went back and applied for a job and was hired on the spot. The owner taught me basic bead stringing, wire-wrapping and knotting. Before long, I became the main instructor for all of the jewelry classes the store offered. I loved it!

After leaving the bead store, I got a job working for a major jewelry manufacturer designing inexpensive fashion jewelry. The money was great, but I was limited as far as being creative, because I was only allowed to use certain materials. I quit after a few months out of sheer frustration. Sometimes money isn't everything. I received a call some time later from a well-known costume designer, and began assisting her with her own line of jewelry. I worked with her for many years, until she moved out of state. We still keep in touch to this day. She has become a really close friend of mine.

Since then, I ended up moving around a lot and taking different jobs that didn't allow me to express any sort of creativity. It's hard when you are out of the loop for so long. I was laid off from my most recent job back in April of 2012 and shortly after found out I was expecting my first baby. How excited we are to welcome our son into our home. I have decided that I really want to give the creative thing another go. I really would like the opportunity to stay home and raise my son.

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