On a dirt road. In the country.
Sounds like the lyrics to a country song, no? Well, it’s actually where I grew up. 80 acres of playground, nestled between a dairy farm and a road leading into town. It was awesome. As a kid, I’d sit in my front yard picking violets and daisies that grew wild on the edge of our lawn. I’d twist these flowers into bracelets and crowns. <<hint, hint…Daisy Chains Jewelry!<< Occasionally I’d chase my brother with handfuls of dandelions so I could knock him down and rub them on his face. Haha, good times.
Carefree. Dirt under my nails. Always exploring, always looking for something new to add to my collection of rocks, fossils, shells, etc.. Chances are if you collected as a kid, you probably collect as an adult. Do you have a stash of rocks and shells from a recent hike, or trip to the beach? Me too.
So, in reality, things really haven’t changed that much. Still dirt under my nails, which is a hazard of the trade. I’ll never be a hand model, but that’s ok. I love working with my hands. Creating things. Planting and watching things grow. Being hands on is an important part of who I am. It’s no surprise really that I became (or strive to be) an artist. The act of “making” is in my blood. Without it I get cranky.
Highlight Reel. How I got here.
Like many of you, our younger selves started one path only to find out that life is full of twists and turns. That said, graphic design chose me long before jewelry did. What drew me into design was my love of paper. And ink. And how texture and color played together. Sometimes, all of those things combined with the right message, could be really powerful.
But, I like to try new things and one day I walked into a bead store. It wasn’t an over night transformation, but because you are here, you know how this all ends. Fast forward seventeen years, three kids, thousands of miles traveled, over 100 art fairs later, and I think it’s safe to say I’m on my true path.
Think of Daisy Chains Jewelry as a tapestry of every experience I’ve had, and every person I meet. The rustic quality speaks to a love of handmade in such a way that you can see the fingerprint of the maker. There is no shiny silver in my world, only that which has been given a history or transformed. Nature inspires everything I make. What can be more inspirational than a stone taken from the earth and cleaned up to become something beautiful? And of course much of my journey is about you. Through small creations you and I form a connection. In a small way you pull me into your lives at every birthday, anniversary or holiday. Thank you for that, it really makes what I do a richer experience.
Well, that’s it. All about me in a nutshell. The only thing left for you to do is relax as you experience the rest of what my website has to offer. Get cozy (cuz is there any other way to be?) and start here with a glimpse of my current collection.
P.S. You may notice that there are several photos featuring set stones. Sorry for the tease, but these are photos depicting some of my newest work. It’s not yet available in my online storefront. If you join my mailing list, you’ll be one of the first to know when those items hit the store.