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Greetings! My name is Karen and my love of creating began in the high chair when I discovered that pushing food around on the tray would make neat looking things!
As I grew,painting and drawing became my middle and last name, and as I grew even bigger, the world of different mediums became my playground.
In high school, I decided to try my hand at silversmithing, and became absolutely addicted. I figured this was what I was meant to do.
Life has a way of throwing some curves along the way, and I was soon derailed from that mission, but never abandoned my love of creating. Whether it was seashell sculptures, popcorn trees, faux paintings on my wall, Plexiglas, I kept my hands moving and my mind reeling.
Around 1990, a friend of mine sent me 5 boxes worth of beads and jewelry making supplies that she had inherited from her mother-in-law, and I found…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 18
  • Joined December 20, 2006

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beads, glass, vintageart, metal, rhinestones

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tinyartjewelry
Whimsical & boho jewelry to wear close to...

About

Greetings! My name is Karen and my love of creating began in the high chair when I discovered that pushing food around on the tray would make neat looking things!
As I grew,painting and drawing became my middle and last name, and as I grew even bigger, the world of different mediums became my playground.
In high school, I decided to try my hand at silversmithing, and became absolutely addicted. I figured this was what I was meant to do.
Life has a way of throwing some curves along the way, and I was soon derailed from that mission, but never abandoned my love of creating. Whether it was seashell sculptures, popcorn trees, faux paintings on my wall, Plexiglas, I kept my hands moving and my mind reeling.
Around 1990, a friend of mine sent me 5 boxes worth of beads and jewelry making supplies that she had inherited from her mother-in-law, and I found beadwork to be the perfect fit for taking up jewelry making again. Having 4 children and another business to run really didn't allow me to dabble in silversmithing, so this form of jewelry making scratched the itch.
Soon I found my ethnic style beadwork in boutiques,and had a steady demand for my work. A few years later I became involved with Midwest Italian Greyhound rescue,as next to art, my love animals strikes an even more passionate chord.
I was asked if I could possible work up some pieces of jewelry with Italian Greyhound charms and they would be used for fundraising.
I happily obliged and even landed a small job designing beaded pieces of other breeds through a company that produced sterling silver charms of all breeds.
Soon,I was consumed with the idea of creating pieces from the many beautiful vintage images that I came across and experimented for about 6 months till I launched the ~tinyartjewelry~ line on ebay. It went well and at first my work was limited to dog breeds. Once I discovered etsy, I expanded to birds,cats, and all sorts of animals.
I am inspired by whimsy, beauty and my love of Gods creatures. I am happy to discuss custom orders and also work from your photographs of your beloved furry and feathered babies.
I own two Italian greyhounds and two parrots who keep me ever laughing and smiling and am so grateful to have them in my lives.

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