♥I am an award-winning jewelry designer with my piece named “Die Lorelei”. I currently work with semi-precious stones and pearls as well as glass beads. Although my jewelry line has many ‘costume’ creations using pre-made components such as French wires, I make sterling silver and 14k/20 gold-filled findings whenever possible. I also string pearls in the fine jewelry style of knotting on silk. My creations are well made and designed, while still affordable.♥I am also a published designer. I have placed second (from a field of twenty finalists) in Canadianbeading.ca's magazine in "My Old Blue Jeans" contest with a necklace 'Blue Jean Lady' and I was also a runner-up in the same magazines contest "A Windy Fall Day" with a necklace 'Fallen Leaves'. Both of these designs were published when the contests ended. Pictures of both pieces are in the photo gallery, they are also available in the store.
♥I teach various jewelry making techniques and can aid you in the design options. Individual sessions and group classes are available.
♥I am also a classically trained singer with numerous shared and solo concerts to my credit. I have been a member of Debut Opera, Calgary Singers Series, Calgary Bach Society Chorus and the Calgary Opera Chorus. As well as singing classical music I also perform jazz, blues and folk music. I play the guitar reasonably well and the piano just enough to frustrate my performance partner.
Okay, now you've read the official stuff here's a bit more about me less formally.
I worked for the City of Calgary as a cubicle drone for 23 years doing data entry for the police service. Not exactly the most stimulating of jobs mentally or creatively. Seems you lose court cases for creative paperwork. After deciding that it was the job or me, I left to follow my bliss.
It took a while to figure out what that was. Then one day a friend and I were out for lunch and I was wearing a necklace I made. Our waitress asked where I got it and when I told her I had made it she asked if she could buy it and the matching earrings then and there. I was very flattered and since I was unemployed and verging on penniless, I sold it to her. That was when I realized that I could brighten up peoples lives and wardrobes with my work.
You may have also figured out that I'm a cat lover. Thing 1 and 2 are Amy and Joey. They are my little fur kids and spoiled rotten. They're also my reminders to stop and take regular breaks. It's a little hard to continue working when you have a cat working it's way into a favourite cuddle position whether you like it or not. On a sad note and update Amy passed away in June of 2010 at the age of twenty and Joey January 2013. There is another cat in my life though and as soon as I can get a decent picture of him he will be featured in the photo gallery too.
I still sing too. It astounds me when I run into someone I haven't seen for a while and they ask "Are you still singing?" My response tends to be along the line of "well, I'm still breathing, so I must be." I will admit that I no longer sing in church choirs and that I will never, ever act as a musical director for community musical theatre again. I'm just not enough of a control freak.
I hope you enjoy wearing my jewelry as much as I have enjoyed making it. I always tell people that I have the best job in the world. I get to play with shiny and sparkly things all day.