I have been a high school art teacher for 35 years and have just recently retired and can now enjoy the love of creating that I tried to instill in my students. Art and creativity allows us to explore and share our personal expression. I have been fortunate enough in all my years of teaching to enjoy, through my students, all the art that I love to do myself. In teaching everything from print shop, to painting and drawing, to weaving and textiles, to fashion design, to beginning art, and crafts I have had the opportunity to gain a wealth of experience and seemingly never-ending ideas that continue to run through my head.
I, however, never mentioned "jewelry" in my list and that is because I only got into creating my pieces about a year and a half ago. I feel very honored to have had my first pieces, "Vignettes-Little Vines" published in the Belle Armoire-Jewelry magazine, the June edition. I will be featured in the September issue as well, so you can check out some of my pieces in those two issues and learn a little more about me.
As one thing seems to always lead to another, as an artist, I just keep "branching out" and adding new styles, colors and textures to my pieces. Currently you may view my "Vignettes-Little Vines" very lacy and delicate, my "Vignette Clusters": fuller, and chunkier, my "Vignette Colliers" (collars): pearl chokers, and "Vignette Fleurs": using glass and resin flower and leaf beads. Now it is 2013, and I have now been published 9 times in those jewelry magazines. You can find these magazines in many book stores or check where to find them on the internet. I have begun working with fabric from India and hand-beading it as I coil the fabric and cotton cord beneath into necklaces and bracelets. They are so colorful and exotic...and just fun.
I hope you enjoy what you see as much as I enjoy making each piece.
Accepted payment methods
Returns and exchanges
I will replace or refund, less shipping costs, as you desire, as long as the piece you have purchased is in its original condition, and in the box it arrived in, within 14 days, and repairs are subject to availability of materials and type of materials and degree of repair. Just notify me of your concern. Within reason things can be adjusted as well, so let me know so I have a chance to assist you. (See FAQs below)
Follow the link in your Etsy order to the Paypal site to finalize your transaction – your order is not complete until you do this. You will get an email from Paypal acknowledging and confirming that your payment was received.
Payment is due at the time of purchase and must be received before I will ship an item or begin creating your piece. If payment has not been received within 3 days, I reserve the right to cancel the order. If you are experiencing any difficulties regarding your payment – please let me know.
I will always ship to an Etsy address, so please advise me if you want your purchase shipped to a different address.
If you want to include "insurance" please advise me, also.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders cannot be returned in most instances. I can send you photos of your custom order (via email attachments) prior to shipping for your approval, however. Just let me know of your wishes. (See Contact Me)
I can upgrade components upon request: for example, gold-filled or sterling silver, can be substituted for the German non-tarnish gold or silver or copper that I use (the German wire is wearer friendly, bends and holds it's shape very well and helps to keep my costs down as well as yours). If you convo me, however, we can work something out and I will re-estimate the new cost for you if you prefer gold-filled, or sterling silver throughout the piece.
As with any fine jewelry, to protect your purchase(s) please do not wear jewelry in the shower or put it on over “lotioned” or perfumed skin or spray hair spray near the jewelry piece.
My work is guaranteed against defects in materials and/or workmanship. Please, again, contact me to work out any concerns.
My work is copyrighted, and copyrights do not transfer with the purchase of a piece. I hope you will respect the pride that I put into each piece I lovingly make, and thus appreciate the integrity of my work. It has taken many hours to design, create and handcraft my pieces. Please do not duplicate my pieces or support others who might just take my ideas and techniques and use them as their own. Thank you for your loyalty and giving credit to the originality of my work.