||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
I have all different styles.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Everything, from people, places, nature, animals, stone meanings, my customers.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I enjoy working with all different types of materials, but it always starts with a gemstone.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
"Egyptian Queen" Christmas Jewelry Drawing 2010
What inspired this design?
The piece of turquoise!
How did it come together?
I did not have a plan. I just start working and it defined itself. It is quite magical, I was pleasantly surprised!
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I made my first piece of jewelry when I was about 7 years old. My Dad showed me how to make a plastic bead necklace/bracelet.
I made a friend named Shara. She was always talking about jewelry and different stones and where they came from. I found it all so interesting I started to do my own research. I started rock hounding, thanks to my husband who gave me my first book, and making jewelry with gemstones. Then I started my own website.
Who introduced you to beading?
My Dad, and I bought books that were helpful.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
My sister Rose found the website and sent me a link.
What other hobbies do you have?
Soap making, rock hounding, painting, sewing, crocheting, hiking, photography, writing poems, making cards.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It is my dream job! I am currently working part-time.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have a website and I use a free Facebook business page. Most of my business is word of mouth and networking. I also offer jewelry parties and jewelry drawings.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I donated a necklace to the Saturday Market's Mother's Day drawing in Eugene, Oregon.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Enjoy the beauty within you and all around you. Take time to smell flowers and watch butterflies flutter by. Listen to the songs of birds. Watch the sun rise and set, experiencing the beauty and appreciating it all around you.
Follow your heart and your intuition.