Monday, June 18, 2012

Where it all Began

What sparked my interested in jewelry design?

I don’t exactly remember.  I’m a bit of a craft junky and have crafted for most of my life.  As a young girl, I was obsessed with making friendship bracelets and learning all kinds of different patterns.  In High School, the obsession was with beading Rave bracelets of brightly colored dayglow beads.  I loved that the bracelets had two sides.  They were fun and childish in the daylight, but best of all glowed in different colors under UV light.  I enjoyed designing for both of the bracelet’s personalities. 

A few years ago I took a wire making class, opening my eyes to other techniques.  I was hooked.  I figured out that I could make jewelry that I bought or saw in stores.  I struggled for years, trying to find the confidence to grow my passion.  Recently, I made a commitment to myself to focus on my creative side and not to let non-perfect designs discourage me. 

I started this blog to push myself to keep up with my promise.  While searching for jewelry blogs to gain inspiration and tips, I came across something called the Bead Soup Blog Party.  Lori and her fantastic blog and party have changed my life.  

I wanted a career in design, but ended up excelling in the technical aspect of the design world.  I can express myself through my designs and share them on this blog. I am so proud to show off what I've made and it's refreshing to feel that way.  I thrive off of trying new techniques and figure out different ways of blending various techniques.  I believe I can succeed ad long as my heart and head are in it.

Thanks for taking the time to read my journey.

Wow!  Reading this over made me teary eyed.  I have suppressed the sadness for years.  I never thought I was talented enough to put myself out there like this.  I'm finally trying, and I am so proud of myself. I have no idea how this will all end up, but no matter what it will be an amazing journey that I look forward to taking.


  1. Good for you for getting the confidence to share your talents. I know that struggle. I think you'd be right on trend if you went back to some of those friendship bracelet roots. Somewhere in this hoard I have half done ones :)

    1. I was thinking about doing a friendship bracelet again. Thanks for reading and supporting my journey.

  2. What a moving post. and I agree about the friendship bracelets!

  3. I've noticed that a lot of crafters and artists I've come across (myself included at times) don't think their crafts are worth much. I catch myself saying sometimes, "Who would buy THIS when there are so many more beautiful things out there?" but to my surprise, people compliment, like, and even buy my work!

    It's just one of things that, like you said, you have to put yourself out there and reap the rewards that follow :)

    So nice to 'meet' you!

    1. Kayla,thank you for the encouragement. I think it's about time for me to take to plunge and start selling.