First off, tell us a little about yourself!
I'm a work at home mom of two precious little boys - one is four and the other is three weeks old. I live with husband and family in Rhode Island, among plenty of Victorian mansions and pretty scenery for inspiration.
How did you start creating your jewelry, and how long have you been doing it?I opened shop back in 2006 making mostly costumes and a few headdresses. I worked part time for a while, then in 2010 decided to try for full time so I could stay home with my children. In order to do that I knew I needed to start making a few items that are, well, just a bit more normal. Jewelry was the most obvious choice, and the most fun, as I get to wear it around myself! And I love how a piece of unusual jewelry can turn a plain outfit into something cool and funky.
Outside of crafting, what else do you enjoy doing?
I'm a belly dancer! Thus you'll find jingles and sparklies on lots of my creations. Cooking is my other big passion - anytime I eat something I like at a restaurant I go home and experiment until I figure out how to copy it.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My largest source of inspiration would have to be the belly dance movement - it's a whole community of women who come up with new ways to reveal the inner diva lurking in all of us. :-) I also draw inspiration from times gone by - art nouveau, art deco, Victorian, and Edwardian eras are my favorite. A lot of times a set of jewelry comes into being as a result of an emotion or a random event - for instance, the set pictured below titled "Vampiress" resulted from a lot of daydreaming after I found out about the Halloween ball that happens in Salem each year near me!
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Most jewelry adorns, but if it's elaborate and unusual enough, it can instead transform. I go for the transformative jewelry! It's so much fun getting dressed up for a nice night out and putting some creation of roses and rhinestones around my neck that makes me feel like a fairy tale princess. The ability to share these designs and the feelings they inspire with kindred spirits around the world is a dream come true!