Patti G's Profile

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I grew up in a home that was a 'craft center' for Camp Fire Girls leaders, Cub Scout leaders and the neighborhood. I learned needlework from by mom. She was always trying new things, which inspired me to try new things. I learned bead work from both of my parents. They would design the beaded patches that Camp Fire Girls would hand out to the girls that went to summer resident camp at Camp Wathana in Rose Township, MI. Then our family would make them on the looms that my dad designed and made. My parents were always teaching their love of bead work, needlework, carving to anyone that was interested in learning it.

The first jewelry I made was from some stones I would pick up while on vacation with my family. I would polish them in the rock tumbler we owned and then make necklaces and earrings for family, friends and myself. Then I tried my hand at making jewelry from my counted cross…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 13
  • Joined March 11, 2008

Favorite materials

Seed Beads, Swarovski Crystals, Natural Stones, Crystals

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About

I grew up in a home that was a 'craft center' for Camp Fire Girls leaders, Cub Scout leaders and the neighborhood. I learned needlework from by mom. She was always trying new things, which inspired me to try new things. I learned bead work from both of my parents. They would design the beaded patches that Camp Fire Girls would hand out to the girls that went to summer resident camp at Camp Wathana in Rose Township, MI. Then our family would make them on the looms that my dad designed and made. My parents were always teaching their love of bead work, needlework, carving to anyone that was interested in learning it.

The first jewelry I made was from some stones I would pick up while on vacation with my family. I would polish them in the rock tumbler we owned and then make necklaces and earrings for family, friends and myself. Then I tried my hand at making jewelry from my counted cross stitch pieces. I love making things with my hands. It feels great to take individual items, combine them and turn out a lovely piece of jewelry.

In 1979 my son was born. I was a single parent and I worked full time as a unit secretary at a local hospital. When he started school, I started taking college classes and was a den leader for my son's Webelos pack. I still kept doing some of my crafts, like counted cross stitch, needlepoint, and photography. After my son grew up and started his own family, I moved to Rose Township, MI and started a new life with an old friend. Shortly after I moved in, I was laid off. At first I had many things to keep me busy, setting up a new home, planting a garden, and helping him work on farm equipment. After a year or so, I was settled in and needed something to fill my days. So I looked at making jewelry. I started out making jewelry to go with some of my outfits. I would wear them on job interviews and whenever I was out of the house. Money started to get tight for us so I started giving my new pieces away as Christmas and birthday gifts for my family and friends. In 2005 I found a full time job in a small office near me. It’s a job I love to go to everyday. But, now that I'm single again, I needed something to keep my evenings full. So it just seemed natural to start selling my jewelry. My older sister Kathy told me about Etsy.com so I thought why not give them a try. I try to find time in the evening and on the weekends to work on the items I sell in my shops. I find that it helps me relax after a day at the office. And every piece is handmade with love by me.

I enjoy working with several different kinds of materials from beads, stones and crystals to wood and metal. Some of the items I use are recycled. Like crystals from an old chandelier will become a crystal in a sun catcher or the end of a keychain, depending on it's size of course.

I love to look at an item and think of the many different things it can become. I have always had an eye for that kind of thing, whether it's working with stones, crystals, beads and wire. You never know what I might make with special pieces of stones, crystals or charms.

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