When did you first start making jewelry and how did you learn?
I've probably been making jewelry since I was a toddler (with plastic pop-it beads) and I remember making seed bead daisy chains as a teen, but I seriously started making and designing jewelry about 12 years ago. I was working as a needlepoint teacher at a big box store and was asked if I would like to teach the new jewelry class. I agreed, watched a video to learn the basics and started teaching! I submitted some of my designs soon after and began my career as a jewelry designer!
Can you remember the first piece you made?
The first piece I had published as a jewelry designer was a necklace and earrings in a magazine called Simply Beads. It was simple dangles on chain and I still like that style.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Nature is always an inspiration for color, form and texture. Beads themselves in all their colors and shapes are also an inspiration.
What's your craft space like and how do you organize your supplies?
I love jewelry making, but I also like working in children's crafts, recycled crafts and mixed media. I work for several manufacturers on their design teams, so I work in a variety of media. I am always trying new techniques and materials. Because of all the crafts I like to make, my craft space is pretty utilitarian with metal shelving, plastic bins and two or three surfaces that are usually layered with projects! All this is in an extra bedroom that also is our home office.
What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to craft along to?
I like classical music running in the background.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
Besides crafting, I like to hike and head to the seashore for recreation. I love to read historical novels.