American Made Since 2004
Launched in 2004, while still teaching art with children full time (and then some), I made the leap into trying my hand at making my amateur hobby of fiddling with jewelry into a part-time business. In 2007, after expanding into designing hair adornments, I went full-time (and then some!) with my company. And, as it turns out, pretty much every single moment of my day (and late late nights) is immersed in a constant flow of design ideas; this process is liberating and truly fulfilling- every single day (even during the overwhelmingly intense work-mode moments). I feel thankful that my designs + final pieces have traveled all over the world and have found homes in far-off lands like Iceland, France, Australia, and Israel. It reaffirms the belief that we are all interconnected with the the desire for beauty in our lives. Lovely. Next stage... home decor items based off mixed media of paint and select materials I use for bridal headpieces- for heirloom gift-giving.
What makes your business unique?There's a back story here. When I worked with children teaching art, I was always astounded with how each child created something completely different from the same materials and techniques presented to them. This, of course, is the beauty of creative expression... what is our process, what will we create with the same materials and resources available to us? What is our unique interpretation in this constructivism? My goal is to create my own happiness, regardless of perceived challenges and difficulties. So, in my work, this translates into things of beauty, anything that when touched, worn, or viewed creates an uplifting sensation. My intention is to create this in my designs and, more recently, on my blog. Staying genuine in expression, remaining kind and attentive to my customers, and hopefully being a source of uplifting ideas. While I'm certainly not the only person who does this in our world, I do do it well and with great passion. Something to be said for that...
What's the best business advice you've received?The difference between those who succeed and those who fail is that those who succeed don't quit. I'm learning to be bold and brave with my dreams by always moving onward.
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Voting for Category WinnersAug. 26 - Sept. 22, 2013
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Category Winners AnnouncedSeptember 23, 2013
Discover our 2013 American Made winners.
Voting for Grand Prize WinnerSeptember 23 - 30, 2013
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Grand Prize Winner AnnouncedOctober 1, 2013
Find out who our 2013 Audience Choice Award Winner is.