My Story

I'm a girl from a small town in Ohio living in a beautiful coastal town in Florida. I'm married to my very supportive high school sweetheart and we have a beautiful fur baby, Hula. I studied interior design in college and after several career reincarnations I am now here, living the unexpected life of jewelry designer and absolutely LOVING it!!! This blog chronicals my journey through this wild and exhilarating and sometimes exasperating world of jewelry making from idea to fruition!

My art is available at Old Florida Gallery and Outdoor Center in Englewood Florida

Friday, October 9, 2015

This darling little butterfly necklace is one of my newest creations! I make them from natural coquina shells I collect from our nearby beaches, each on is unique and one of kind! I've added a little peek at the creation process ; )

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Jewelry Tumbler Care

I use my tumbler pretty much daily, it gets quite a workout! When the steel shot gets dark, sluggish, and less effective I employ a couple of methods for cleaning it, depending on what I have on hand at the time. Apple cider vinegar and a bit of water or soda pop (Coca-Cola, Pepsi, RC Cola, or generics), though I rarely have this in the house. If you plan to use soda pop make sure you pour it into a glass and add a tablespoon of granular sugar first before adding it to your tumbler, or you'll end up with a colossal mess! The sugar will remove the carbonation and you'll be left with just the soda as a cleaning agent.  Be certain to rinse your shot and tumbler thoroughly after cleaning, so you don't contaminate the next batch of pieces you tumble. Side note; I use a little original Dawn detergent and water as the lubricant in my tumbler. It works great, lasts forever, and it's much more cost effective than burnishing compound!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

This pretty much says it all! Some design ideas I get I have a pretty good idea that they'll be great and those are usually the first ideas that pop into my head. Most are at very inopportune times like while I'm trying to center and calm myself with a walk on the beach, just falling asleep, or as random as grocery shopping. The ideas I get while I'm creating the first deisgn are the ones that usually apply to the above. Some are a swing and a miss and back to the drawing board while others are a swing and it's out of the park ;)

Saturday, January 10, 2015


2014 was quite the year! As for most for me there was some good and some bad. I'm truly glad it's over and done and I've been given this clean slate to begin again! 2015 offers the promise of great things; I'm in a fresh new studio, there's a new family member due in Feb (my sister, not me) and I've already begun creating new designs so stay tuned ;) Sending love and light your way, there is hope!!!