My first love was seed beading, the tiny glass beads that are used by Native Americans to adorn their traditional garments, musical instruments, and more. I have been smitten since I was first exposed to them through the YMCA Indian Princesses program that I attended with my father during elementary school.
In college I learned to weave bracelets and larger pieces, and then began exploring a variety of other stitches like flat and circular peyote. I also learned how to crochet with beads, so that I could recreate a beautiful necklace that belonged to my paternal grandmother.
Before I had kids, I splurged on a vacation week at the Bead & Button show, and one of the introductory classes I took gave me the glass bead-making bug. I fell in love with it, and I have spent many hours mesmerized by the intensity of the torch and the meditation that molten glass provides.
I’ve since developed a bunch of other crafty habits like card-making, which episodically result in colorful explosions of my craft room.
My latest love is metalsmithing, and that’s mostly what I write and post about here these days. I’ve built a little workspace in my garage and after a few introductory classes I’ve been learning on my own.
What first started as a simple hobby and distraction has blossomed into something more. Since I’ve started to share my work with family and friends, many people have asked me if I had plans to sell my work. While I still have a full time job, this site is my quiet entree into small business.
Thanks for following along with my crafting adventures here!
When I’m not making a mess in my workshop or craft room, I am an anthropologist and user experience (UX) executive. You can learn more about me and my work on my other site.