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About Me

I am a wife and proud mother of a newly graduated veterinarian, one dog and one cat.  I have lived a somewhat nomadic life thus far. This is house # eight, which means we've moved seven times during our 29 years of marriage. It makes for an exciting life plus I have gotten to experience different areas of the country and met so many new friends. My new home is in the beautiful state of North Carolina and the best part is we are less than 3 hours from the Atlantic Ocean and less than 4 hours from the mountains.

I am finally learning to say that I'm a jewelry artist! It's still hard to believe that I get to play with art supplies and jewelry supplies and actually get paid for it once in a while!
I have had a love affair with creativity since I picked up my first crayon. My passion to create has led me to pursue numerous art mediums over the years. After trying my hand at just about everything I always come back to jewelry making. My love affair with jewlery probably started before I ever picked up that first crayon, so it was only natural for me to make my own. I started out like most people-just stringing some beads on jewelry wire, then I started making bead embroidered jewelry just a little over 2 years ago and have become obsessed with it!

I am inspired by so many things! I can walk through my back yard and get an idea just looking at the tress but my biggest inspiration is from walking on the beach. I have an endless supply of seashells that I have gathered over the years and I have started incorporating bits and pieces of shells into my creations.  Basically, anything goes if I can bead around it!

My early days of childhood were spent coloring inside the lines of my coloring books. These days, I am trying to teach myself to color ‘outside’ the lines and allow my designs to take on a life of their own.



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