My discovery of the beading world followed an interesting journey. I come from a deeply creative family and have always loved the arts but practicality led me into the business world where I worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative. When our first of three boys was born, I quit work to be a stay at home mom and my creative drive kicked into full gear. I found myself involved in several crafts such as stained glass, wedding photography, knitting, floral arranging, quilting, scrapbooking, and stenciling large murals. I guess you could say I couldn’t stay put or focused on one endeavor as I found pleasure in all of them.
Then by sheer chance, I stumbled into the world of lampworking and jewelry making. My sole motivation was seeing a lampwork bead ring that a friend of mine was wearing. I loved it. I wanted it. When I asked her the price, I was like “No Way! My husband won’t let me blow that much money on a ring.” So I determinedly decided to learn how to make glass beads so I could make my own ring. (He should’ve let me buy the ring, as it would’ve been way cheaper in the long run!). That was over 13 years ago, and I can honestly say that I have discovered my true passion. Every other crafty endeavor was replaced by all things bead related. I officially started calling myself an artist. As my experience grew, I also adopted the titles of lampworker, jewelry designer, metalsmith, teacher, author, and now associate editor. I am excited to say I am doing exactly what I love, and being part of the Bead&Button team is a dream come true.
“Wow! That is so cool!” This is usually my response when the Bead&Button editors give me the jewelry pieces for each issue. Occasionally it is followed by the comment “You could make that.” I'm mostly a stringer but the projects in Bead&Button definitely inspire me and I keep thinking that eventually I'll graduate from stringing to stitching.
I began my career here at Kalmbach working on titles other than Bead&Button, but as the years transpired, I got my chance. Nearly 10 years later, I’m still enjoying every issue that I get to design. Seeing and touching the beautiful pieces going into each magazine is the best part of the process for me. That, along with receiving the printed issue, which is always a little scary too. After designing magazines for 23 years, you’d think I wouldn’t be so anxious.
My hobby heart is in home decor. I like everything from redesigning an entire room to a simple weekend DIY project. And I love color. Color is tricky and color choices are subjective. But without color, the world would be an awfully boring place!
I also enjoy anything outdoors with my daughter, from camping to boating to baseball games and even snow and cold. Yes, I just said snow and cold. I grew up in Wisconsin and I’m still here. The change of seasons does a heart good.
Earn points for style and flair with this clever design that incorporates dagger beads in a flat peyote stitch foundation. Designed by Marcia Rose.