You recycle surprising elements into stunning jewelry. What are some of the most interesting things you’ve made jewelry from?
When I was a kid I made a necklace where I interspersed pieces of wrapped Double Bubble Bubble Gum with beads, and the pendant was a tiny toy slot machine. More recently, I have used washers from the hardware store and, since much of my work know incorporates decoupage, scraps of paper from magazines and newspaper. I am best known for my decoupaged penny earrings. When someone sees the coin on the back for the first time, it usually puts a smile on their face.
What do you wish you’d known when you first started your business?
I wish I had gotten a professional accountant right away.
If you could give your 16 year old self advice, what would you say?
Anyone who doesn’t like you either doesn’t know you well or is a jerk, so don’t worry so much about that.
Your perfect day. What would it look like?
I wake up at 6:00. It is sunny and mild and there are no mosquitoes. My husband Dalton makes us lattes which we drink in the backyard. We take Rupert and Lucy to the dog run.
I head upstairs to my studio and work on a new design. At nine, I head to my favorite Pilates class.
At 11 I am back home and I catch up on the social media aspects of the business. I send my line sheet to a few boutiques I think will be interested in my work.
At 1, I break for a lunch date with a pal at a Ki Sushi. After lunch I continue working in the studio until 4, when I curl up for a bit with the new collection of Alice Munro stories I’m reading.
At 6:00 I head to the amazing massage therapist Lauren’s for a massage. I leave there just in time to pick up a bottle of wine and meet Dalton at our favorite pizza place for dinner. The hostess has saved our regular table for us. We enjoy our wine with a pepperoni pizza with garlic and extra basil. We catch up on each others days to a soundtrack of Frank Sinatra in the the golden light of summer dusk. Afterwards we float home on a cloud of wine and pizza.
Thanks so much for sharing, MaryAnne!