Karen's Profile

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Born and raised in the Windy City (Chicago, Il), I was fortunate to have grown up in a culturally diverse, ethnically rich, "neighborhood" where everyone knew everyone else, imagination was the life blood of an entrepreneurial spirit, and girls couldn't wait until Mom or Grandma or Aunt Sally taught them to crochet or knit or do any of the other handcrafts that adorned our homes, our wardrobes, our places of worship and even sometimes made it into the little shop on the corner to be sold.

Times have changed...I live in Arizona now - and I still love to craft! Self taught in many techniques, I've grown to hold a special love of the many gifts our Mother Earth provides – stones, crystals, pearls, metals… as well as the creative artistry and beauty of manmade components. Putting these little pieces of nature and art together in jewelry and gifts is my passion, and I hope you enjoy the wide…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 23
  • Joined October 19, 2008

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natural stones, crystal, vintage looking metals, unique materials, colorful beads

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About

Born and raised in the Windy City (Chicago, Il), I was fortunate to have grown up in a culturally diverse, ethnically rich, "neighborhood" where everyone knew everyone else, imagination was the life blood of an entrepreneurial spirit, and girls couldn't wait until Mom or Grandma or Aunt Sally taught them to crochet or knit or do any of the other handcrafts that adorned our homes, our wardrobes, our places of worship and even sometimes made it into the little shop on the corner to be sold.

Times have changed...I live in Arizona now - and I still love to craft! Self taught in many techniques, I've grown to hold a special love of the many gifts our Mother Earth provides – stones, crystals, pearls, metals… as well as the creative artistry and beauty of manmade components. Putting these little pieces of nature and art together in jewelry and gifts is my passion, and I hope you enjoy the wide variety available in my shop.

My creations are designed in the hopes of igniting that special spark of uniqueness that lies within us all. Some things are elegant, some are fun, some are outlandish, some are colorful, some are calming - but the great thing is that I know there is someone out there who will recognize something that just makes them feel good about themselves!

I'm also very sensitive to the fact that a style that looks wonderful on someone with a long neck and slender build may need to be designed a little bit different for the shorter or fuller figure. And many of us deal with physical limitations that make wearing certain jewelry designs difficult, if not impossible. For instance, my mother cannot lift her arms high enough to fasten a necklace clasp at the nape of her neck... and arthritic fingers make struggling with tiny clasps an adventure in futility. So I've designed a number of necklaces with easy to close clasps and front closure that are fashionable and unique to meet her needs. I also realize that not everyone has pierced ears, so most of my earring designs are easily changed to a non-pierced style. Rings are either adjustable or can be created to size. Ever wonder why that bracelet you bought doesn't fit even though the description says it's 7" long - the same size as your wrist. Convo me and I'll tell you why! I want you to be happy with your purchases and I will always do my best to make sure you are - so if you see something you like, allow me the opportunity to turn it into something you LOVE!

One last note, as someone who appreciates the love and energy and hard work that goes into anything that is handcrafted, thank you for shopping at Etsy. Whether you buy from me or one of the many, many other talented artisans who showcase their wares here, thank you for appreciating and acknowledging what we put into our work!

Blessings!

~Karen

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