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Visit me at: www.handmadebymaryanne.com

Family. Everything starts there.

My Grandmother taught me how to do needle work when I was 8 years old and how to use a sewing machine at 12. My "designing" career blossomed from those two first creative outlets.

At 59 I was a wife, mother of 2 grown girls and now grandmother of 2 adorable little boys. I was born and raised in a waterfront community in Connecticut, vacationed on Cape Cod, lived in a bedroom city of New York and now appreciated the Southern hospitality of Atlanta Georgia.

Along the way I was the "crafty, Brownie, Girl Scout, Home Room, Sunday School Teacher mom," with a room devoted to all things imaginable and where imagination reigned. I have always been a supporter of the arts…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 8
  • Joined July 14, 2012

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Unrelenting imagination creativity and collaboration with my clients to create lasting and memorable gifts for all occasions

About

Visit me at: www.handmadebymaryanne.com

Family. Everything starts there.

My Grandmother taught me how to do needle work when I was 8 years old and how to use a sewing machine at 12. My "designing" career blossomed from those two first creative outlets.

At 59 I was a wife, mother of 2 grown girls and now grandmother of 2 adorable little boys. I was born and raised in a waterfront community in Connecticut, vacationed on Cape Cod, lived in a bedroom city of New York and now appreciated the Southern hospitality of Atlanta Georgia.

Along the way I was the "crafty, Brownie, Girl Scout, Home Room, Sunday School Teacher mom," with a room devoted to all things imaginable and where imagination reigned. I have always been a supporter of the arts encouraging artistic expression in everyone at every age and used to teach crafting seminars as well as being the Executive Director of a Non-profit artists Organization.

Now back to family, where everything starts.

As life had evolved into a move to Georgia and an empty nest of persons, my rescue dog Sheba and I found a new skill and creative outlet using something that has always been fascinating and precious to me, rocks....or in their more refined state, gemstones. After taking classes in jewelry making I had enough creative ideas, techniques and resources that opened an entire new world to me and of course all the ladies in my family began to be endowed with jewelry. Richly so...LOL!! ..and as things grew organically their friends noticed their jewelry. Well, it got to a point that I couldn't give everything away, so with the encouragement of family and friends I opened my first shop called "On The Rocks Gemstone Jewelry." My family and friends are my best customers and "test market" or "I want" may better describe the process. There wants and enthusiasm when I find something new in the jewelry field (I quickly found out that there is more then gemstones) has lead me to create 7 jewelry lines:
On The Rocks Gems (my love affair with natural gemstones) 2007
Princess Pearls (wedding jewelry for little girls) 2008
BIKER CHIC Jewelry (at daughter Catherine's request) 2008
Heathers Voice (loss of a friend: domestic violence awareness) 2009
Baby & Co., Mommy & Co., Mom & Co., Bride & Co., Nana & Co., Grandma & Co., Love & Co., Great Grandma & Co. and YOUR NAME & Co. Created in 2009 for my first Grandson's Baby Shower and his Mommy....and everyone else in the family!
Family Life Photo Jewelry( becoming a grandmother (have to show the little ones off) 2010
and now this shop.....which was hatched with my sister Joanne over a birthday dinner (mine) and a bottle of wine and was initially geared towards Gifts for Girlfriends. Well the "girlfriends" found great gifts for each other.....and wanted gifts for all occasions for family and friends. I was happy to oblige.

Life however keeps changing, and along with the girlfriends the guy friends had discovered me. and I changed the name of this shop from BFF Gifts to "Handmade by Maryanne."

A person could go crazy trying to think up the best name reflecting what they do. I'm a pretty simple, down to earth and to the point person, and by gosh the bottom line here is that everything is handmade, by me, Maryanne:)

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Keep up with me at: www.handmadebymaryanne.com

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