I am a self taught jewelry artist who stumbled upon my love of making jewelry completely by accident. I came across some thicker gauge wire that resembled the large gauge surgical steel wire used to make my gauged earrings. Curious, I purchased a roll and started experimenting with it, making different shapes which slowly transformed themselves in necklaces, rings and bracelets. Little did I know that this lil' piece of curiosity was the beginning of an entire life shift for me.
At the time I was working a grueling corporate job that was sucking the life out of me. Making jewelry was a way to unwind at the end of the day. My designs got more creative and intricate and my knowledge of metal work grew. I was wearing my pieces and co-workers and people out and about would ask where I bought them. From there I started getting orders and opened my Etsy shop.
Within a year of those initial designs, I made the decision to quit my 15 year corporate career and re-locate to Costa Rica, a place that I had been many times and thought I would be happy living. When I arrived here in 2007, all the right doors opened for me. I stumbled upon a great opportunity to open my own boutique right in front of the beach. I met my husband. Most importantly, I found peace. Things just fell into place - which to me felt like a sign that I was heading in the right direction.
I've now had my own boutique for 6 1/2 years and love being a full time jewelry artist. I have not forgotten for one second how blessed I am to be able to do something everyday that I enjoy so much.
In 2013 I started offering jewelry making classes in the shop. It has been so much fun showing others how to make unique pieces, bringing their own ideas to life. My favorite part is when a student gives the disclaimer "I'm not artistic at all" and then whips up something amazing and surprises themselves. I think we all have an artist inside, sometimes it's just hidden under all the clutter and to-do lists that we constantly fill our minds with.
What I've learned these past few years is that anything is possible. Anything. If someone had told me that day I purchased that first roll of wire that in such a short time I would be where I am now, doing what I am doing now, I'd think they were crazy.
I really love what I do. I love meeting the people that come through my boutique and those I connect with on Etsy. And the best part is that I love coming to "work" everyday.