Each of my pieces begin as a sheet of glass, are hand cut, ground on my grinder, foiled, and soldered. Come check out my website to see more of my creations!
1. I am a major list-writer - I am known to even ADD something to my list after I have done it just to mark it off! lol
2. I am a Type 1 diabetic and have been over half my life now.
3. I was born in Mississippi, but consider myself a true Texan since I've lived here most of my life.
4. I am a teacher by day, artsy/crafter by night! :)
What got you started crafting?
My crafting started with my mom. She enjoyed making ornaments, hair bows and such when I was little. I always had the cutest little bows that she would make me. My birthday is a couple weeks before Christmas, and we would always make Christmas ornaments together to give as party favors for my birthday parties.
As I got older we learned to do more involved things - such as quilting, and we even took some tatting lessons. The quilting stuck for awhile though. :) Having the desire to create things is ALWAYS there! I've dabbled in all kinds of creative hobbies throughout my life! :)
I married a man who enjoys making things with his own two hands (wedding present to me - a quality porch swing. Romantic right? I think so :) ), so when he suggested I learn how to make stained glass, I was a little hesitant at first, but got the hang of it pretty quickly and dove in head first!
What is your source of inspiration?
Hmm, my source of inspiration....is pretty much everything around me! My clothes offer a great deal of inspiration...there have been many times I choose my clothes for the next day, then make a pendant to match using the patterns and/or colors to inspire the design.
Nature and architecture around me also give me a lot of great ideas!
What have you made recently?
Some new pendants for my last shows - I have some super cute new little bird designs! You can always go to my Facebook page or website to see my newest pieces :)
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I began making panels/sun catcher type things and a few people did show interest in buying them. The jewelry part sort of happened by accident.....from the scraps I would have leftover from making panels. I began selling just through my Facebook page, but I now sell on my online store and at arts and crafts shows.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Handmade just seems so much more meaningful. To know something has been made with a person's own two hands - it has been made with love - is a special thing.