I've lived in RI my whole life and like most Rhode Islanders, I love spending time by the water. My mother and father loved going on drives throughout the state. My mother loved going to Newport and we would usually end up at the beach swimming or just walk around and hang on the rocks. Heading home, we would always stop at Rocky Point and sit on our favorite spot on the wall enjoying some clam cakes and chowder. At night we would park the car, listen to the oldies and look for "airps" (airplanes) with my daughter. When she was little, she and I would go to the beach often. We would always collect unique looking rocks and shells and take them home with us.
Years went by and now I'm doing these same things with my grandson. He calls my husband and I "Gigi" and "Pops". Over the years I've always been into creating all sorts of things. Whether its lotions, skincare, natural remedies, jewelry, wreaths, flower arrangements or crocheting, I'm always making something in my spare time.
In 2022, my husband retired due to an illness. I really struggled to find a flexible job that allowed me to make my own hours and work from home. It is very important to me to be able to spend as much time at home as possible to not only enjoy every second I have with him but to also be able to care for him as his condition progresses.
I started making necklaces with sea glass and beach stones. To my surprise, when I wore them out, people showed interest in them. That's when I decided to start trying to sell my creations and GigiNPops place was born.
The stones used in my jewelry are all hand picked from beaches in Rhode Island. They are unpolished and in their original form. They vary in shape, size, color and texture but that's what makes them so special and unique. Some of our sea glass is hand picked as well, where others are purchased from a private party. Aside from our beach stone collection, we also offer wreaths and other home decor items. As we progress, we hope to have something for everyone to enjoy!
I am so excited to have turned my hobby into a business. I hope that everyone can find something they love at GigiNPops place!