This is the part where I tell you all about myself - Not exactly my strong suit, but I’ll give it a bash :) I’ll try not to ramble on, but if I do, feel free to kick me under the table.
I have been making jewelry in one form or another for nearly 30 years, though I have been art and craft ori ented my entire life.
When I was in high school I wanted to be an ‘artist’ as my chosen profession. My Mother talked me out of it, afraid that I would starve to death, or be this weird chick living in a hippie commune somewhere selling crafts at fairs or something.
So I did what dutiful daughters did, went to school for ‘business’ and ‘trade’ skills. I have minor degrees in accounting, law, the ever-popular ‘business math’ and computers. I’ve had jobs as a bartender, silk screen printer, auto-parts delivery, inventory control specialist (counting other peoples inventory really, really fast), and my last “real job”, customer service for public transportation - for nearly 20 years…. And hated them all - well, not really ‘hate’, but I certainly didn’t love them either. They were jobs - necessary evils to pay the bills and support myself.
Fast forward to 2007 - Through a series of unfortunate events (no, not the movie), I lost my job at the bus company, and opened my shop here on Etsy. At first it was out of sheer necessity - I thought it would just be temporary, supplemental income until I could find another ‘real job’. No one was more surprised than me, when I actually starting selling.
It’s taken a lot of work, more hours than I ever put into any other job. I do everything from jewelry design and creation, hunting down unique supplies to offer, writing tutorials, packaging, shipping, advertising, photography, accounting (I guess that did come in handy after all). But I love it! I love seeing my work go all over the world; I love when people write me to tell me how much they loved what I made. I love creating new shinys, and have people say, “oh I want that!” I love the friends I’ve made through Etsy. I love being able to work at home, and in between shop stuff, foster and take care of kitties. I love all of it.
I get a little annoyed now, at family and friends when they don’t think I have a ‘real job’ - just a little. Job really isn’t the right word though. - Not sure what the right word is, all I know is I’m very blessed to finally be making a living at something I really, really love!
Thank you for reading all the way to the end and not kicking me under the table ;)
If you have any questions at all - just click the contact button on my shop home page and ask - Exception: No, I don’t know why Klingons look so different in the new Star Trek Discovery. 🖖
~~~We all die. "The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. ~Chuck Palahniuk
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Yes! I admit it – I’ve been (and still am) an ‘April Watch’ addict, much to the dismay of my family friends, and part-time work. My iPad has been on the Animal Adventure Park live feed 24/7 since they started the live feed back in February.
One women on FB summed up my exact situation when she commented on how much her family was sick of her crying ‘wolf’ every time April raised her tail, and she had now announced the birth of well over 100 poos. LOL
April the Giraffe went into full blown labor early this morning (approx. 7:07am EST 4/15/2017), and along with millions of other Giraffeaholics watched the amazing birth of their new baby boy – though I just now got the text from the park announcing the gender. Yes, I signed up for the text messaging 😉 After all this time watching, I wasn’t about to miss it.
I’ve included Animal Adventure Park’s live video of the event, just in-case you missed it 😉 If you’d rather just skip to the good bits, fast forward to about 27:00 minutes into the video.
If you’d like to see all the wonderful photos and videos – including Baby’s first stand (yes I cheered that on too – along with my own sound effects) you can find them on Animal Adventure Park’s Facebook page.
Someone else wrote (on FB) that she thought after the baby was born, she’d go back to her normal life, but no, she’s still glued to watching the live feed. She said “I think I need an intervention”. Maybe I do to….. nah, I can work AND watch the feed too. It was/is a once in a lifetime experience, that’s not likely to happen again anytime soon.
I’m so very thrilled and blessed to have my wire wrapped version of the Princess Diana/ Princess Kate Engagement Ring featured in the October/November 2016 issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry Magazine!! AND it made the cover too – woo hoo!! Denise Peck, chief editor for the magazine, also wrote a truly lovely intro for it.
There are a few ‘typos’ in the issue, that will be corrected in the digital version, but sadly it’s too expensive to correct and reprint the newsstand version. One of the most important ‘boo boos’ (aside from spelling my name wrong on the cover) is they listed my Etsy shop, MyWiredImagination.ety.com as having the wire for the project – um…. no! The resources should’ve read: Wire and Tools from RioGrande.com , Crystals and settings from MyWiredImagination.Etsy.com, and crystal beads from EurekaCrystalBeads.com
All in all, I’m really thrilled with how it turned out!! Look for the issue on newsstands starting Sept 15th!
Anybody that knows me even a little, knows how much I adore making rings – Check out this post by Gayle Bird on Craftsy’s Jewelry Making Blog. “Learn How To Make Wire-Wrapped Rings“ has fabulous tips for anyone interested in learning how to make wire-wrapped rings.
I am thrilled and honored to be included among the talented artists and designs chosen for this issue. If you don’t have a subscription to this wonderful magazine (you really should), check your local bead store, Barnes and Noble bookstore, or JoAnn Fabrics.