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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.

Now at 62 I am the mother of 2 grown girls and grandmother of 2 adorable little boys. I was born and raised on the East Coast of the United States. Moving after the devastation of 9/11 I now appreciate the Southern hospitality of Atlanta Georgia.

Along the way I was the "crafty, Brownie, Girl Scout, Home Room, Sunday School Teacher mom." A finished basement was our playroom devoted to all things imaginable 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…

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  • 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

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.

Now at 62 I am the mother of 2 grown girls and grandmother of 2 adorable little boys. I was born and raised on the East Coast of the United States. Moving after the devastation of 9/11 I now appreciate the Southern hospitality of Atlanta Georgia.

Along the way I was the "crafty, Brownie, Girl Scout, Home Room, Sunday School Teacher mom." A finished basement was our playroom devoted to all things imaginable 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. Encouraging the creative expression of children has always been a driving force in me and lead to developing my Children's Artwork Jewelry in 2009.

Now back to family, where everything continues....

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 started to sell my jewelry. My loyal clientele was a wonderful group of busy Moms whom I sold to in person from my home and through home parties while I was working full time.

Life however can change unexpectedly. And where a door is closed thankfully God opens a window. In 2008 my career (and income) abruptly stopped as I was felled by a disabling disease.

Blessedly, my jewelry making was a cornerstone of my slow recovery. I had lost my ability to write and had other stroke like symptoms but I could still design jewelry! Because of my physical limitations I was encouraged to open a shop on Etsy. I had to relearn to use a computer, learn the "Etsy lingo" take photographs and write descriptions. My first humble efforts have vastly improved. Thankfully through the Grace of God I have this wonderful creative outlet and meet the most amazing people through my Etsy shop. Little did I realize that my efforts would also supplement my small disability income within Federal guidelines to pay for a place to live.

Thank you for visiting and finding out something about me, supporting my creativity and allowing me to remain independent.

Warmest regards,
Maryanne

Mom, Sheba and I can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thechildrensartgallery

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