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Growing up in the quaint little town of Salem, Missouri...population 4,363 (which just so happened to also be the last four digits of my phone number back then)...anyway, may have stifled my exposure to many of life's more glamorous experiences, it did, however, expose me to handmade goods galore. Being raised by my grandparents offered me the luxury of my own personal crochet, embroidery and sewing lessons from my grandmother. In the late 60's & early 70's, a typical Saturday involved a visit to see my crafty great aunt, Aurilla. Aurilla enthusiastically scoured thrift stores in search of naked dolls who would soon proudly strut their stuff in ornate crocheted ensembles. I can't forget to mention my Granny Jackson who could crank out more crocheted doilies, afghans & hangers than she could possibly find homes for.

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  • Born on November 28
  • Joined October 5, 2008

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seed beads and sterling silver

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Growing up in the quaint little town of Salem, Missouri...population 4,363 (which just so happened to also be the last four digits of my phone number back then)...anyway, may have stifled my exposure to many of life's more glamorous experiences, it did, however, expose me to handmade goods galore. Being raised by my grandparents offered me the luxury of my own personal crochet, embroidery and sewing lessons from my grandmother. In the late 60's & early 70's, a typical Saturday involved a visit to see my crafty great aunt, Aurilla. Aurilla enthusiastically scoured thrift stores in search of naked dolls who would soon proudly strut their stuff in ornate crocheted ensembles. I can't forget to mention my Granny Jackson who could crank out more crocheted doilies, afghans & hangers than she could possibly find homes for.

This thoroughly intense exposure to creating unique works of "art" could only manifest itself in the form of me making miniatures and cornhusk dolls in my 20's. Yep, I said cornhusk dolls which gave the "famous" lady who sold her dolls at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., a run for her money! My tiny little egg baskets, pies, etc...were on display for sale at the Miniature Museum in Springfield, Mo., where I lived at the time. My "husky" dolls made their grand appearance at wholesale markets via a lady who represented several local artists. Long story even longer...making cornhusk dolls in my garage, believe it or not, was not my passion. It was, however, a pretty decent income per hour for a stay-at-home mom of two little ones.

Kansas City became my home at the start of my 30's and ended up launching my teaching career. Busy teaching full-time, raising my son and daughter, coaching cheerleading and working on my Master's degree left no time to pursue any creative endeavors I might have had during this era.

Along came my 40's...the kids fell out of the nest with an audible thump and my mind started wrapping itself around the idea of....everything being all about ME! Beading was a remote thought that had been tickling my fancy for several years. I'm just going to say it... I am a procrastinator. It can take me YEARS to take that first little peck to break out of my crusty, yet comfortable, shell. The day I took my first baby steps in and out of the bead shop with 37.00 worth of supplies and tools, was my first step in taking a stab at making jewelry. Of course it took me months to actually peek in the bag and give it a try. I learned on my own by mistake after mistake after mistake. Creating jewelry is now a passionate part of my life.

Recently, at 47, I've taken another plunge into another one of those "always wanted to do" things on my list.....tap dancing! It is a challenging & noisy way to break a sweat and have a blast in the process. I am an old dog who has never taken dance lessons, which is why God made a rewind function on youtube & instructional DVD's. I am also learning how to hoop dance. I promise it doesn't involve a pole :) It's fancy tricks with a larger & heavier hula hoop than you remember from your childhood. It's also fun, sweaty & challenging.

I encourage you to take the plunge...burst your bubble of comfort and go for whatever it is YOU have always wanted to do. For some, it's running a marathon. Personally, tapping in my bedroom is more my idea of fun. Simply discovering that you CAN learn how to do some pretty cool new things, is worth the effort. Whatever it is that your gut has been telling you to try, know that it might just be the start of a new passion, career or even lifestyle.

All that just to say....I hope you enjoy what you do as much as I adore my new loves of beading, tapping and hooping.

Oh yeah....My day job is teaching elementary physical education & high school health. Also...fun, sweaty and challenging.

Thanks so much for wanting to hear more about me and my hippiechicboutique. I hope you find a piece of jewelry that inspires you to add to your cherished collection.

peace, love and jewelry.....

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