I have always been somewhat creative...I get it from my mom...but over the past 10+ years I've had more of an interest in learning and trying new things. After some major downsizing of the company that I worked 17 years for, in 2000 was 'free' to discover 'what I wanted to be when I grew up'!
Since that time, I've been tinkering with web design, graphics and jewelry making. You'd think that all of this would be enough...but then I received a Cigar Box Purse as a gift...and the passion began! Every time I used my purse, I got compliments left and right. I took a hard look at the design of the purse and thought 'I can do this'...and through a lot of trial and error, I've got it down pat. They are a perfect conversation piece!
All of this lead to a desire to learn how to make glass beads to incorporate into my handles...which lead to a desire to make jewelry...which lead to a desire to fuse fine silver...and so on, and so on! Sure, I'm inspired by a lot of different artists but all of the items that I make are truly one-of-a-kind because I am always trying to incorporate something new into each piece that I design.