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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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AJE September Tree Challenge Reveal

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I also happen to take a LOT of pictures of trees. They are a constant source of inspiration.
What's not to like about trees? They are beautiful during every season. In fact, I think during winter they might just be at their most beautiful.
If you read my last post, you saw that I ordered some fabulous jewelry elements from blueberribeads.
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I just love the team over at Art Elements!! Since joining I have been inspired to produce WAY more work than I would ever have created 'alone'. It really does take a village for me to get creative and work in my studio!
Every month there is a theme or a component of the month challenge at Art Elements.
Sugar skulls were the component of the month for October and was hosted by Jennifer Cameron. Jen creates beautiful lampwork glass beads and headpins. Fittingly, for October she created glass sugar skulls and distributed them amongst the group.  I also received the wonderful antique key with the glass bead on the end:-)
As soon as my sugar skull arrived I knew exactly what I wanted to create. (haha)
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