I never remember a time when I wasn't wanting to create something.  I began sewing when I was in the 4th grade and by the time I was in the 7th grade, I was sewing my own clothes.  Of course just following the pattern wasn't good enough for me, I had to modify and design them, my way.

Through the years I've been a home decorator, floral designer and owned a handmade card company.  But, as a single mother of three I would gravitate toward careers in the business world that would earn a good living.  And I must say that I have been very blessed through the years.

But my heart always longed for something more.  Then three years ago after having major surgery, I was praying about making a change in my life to do something that I loved.  During those days of prayer, I felt drawn to go Santa Fe, NM.  I had no idea why.

Once there, I enjoyed the marketplace and looking for a necklace.  I could see it in my head and how I wanted it to look, but couldn't find anything close to what I wanted.  Then I stumbled across a bead store and was mesmerized by all the beads.  So, I decided to make my own necklace.

For the next several days I was there, I spent a kings ransom in beads and books on how to bead and each day I was flooded with creative ideas.  I had never felt so alive and excited.

But with no clear direction on what to do with my new found 'hobby', I headed back home and to my corporate life.  I did get the necklace I had seen in my head and it did look great.  Even though my designs were above average, my technique was horrible.  So I boxed up all my supplies, very discouraged.  Then one day, a couple of years later, I ran across a bead magazine in a store and brought it home.  The desire to create jewelry had never left me.

I looked at the book for several days without ever touching a bead.  I read it from cover to cover until the pages were worn thin.  Then finally I decided that I wanted to try making one of the bracelets in the magazine.

Careful to follow the instructions just as they described, I worked diligently on the bracelet.  Low and behold, it was beautiful!  All of a sudden my bad technique was just gone and I knew how to crimp, and hand wrap and stitch beads!  And I haven't stopped since.

My only hope is that you enjoy wearing my designs as much as I have enjoyed making them.

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