Dreamscape Jewelry Design

November 4, 2018: A Curious Wandering

“Leaving what feels secure behind and following the beckoning of our hearts doesn’t always end as we expect or hope. We may even fail. But here’s the payoff: it can also be amazing and wonderful and immensely satisfying.” Steve Goodier


This week’s blog is in response to a question I am frequently asked at shows:

How did I become a jewelry artist?

If you had told me eleven years ago that one day I would be a jewelry artist, I wouldn’t have believed you.  I had never even thought about creating jewelry. I didn’t see my self as a creative artist in this field.  I loved the process of gardening  from the initial stage of designing flower beds to the satisfaction gained when harvesting and arranging beautiful flowers.  I had also been exploring water colors, sketching, and photography, but jewelry was not even on my radar.  I was teaching full time and still had one child at home.

So how did I get into the business of making jewelry? 

Eleven years ago, in September, my eldest daughter Kate, was getting married.  I had found the mother of the bride dress, but needed to find the “perfect” jewelry to wear with it on such a special day.  It turned out to be an exercise in futility.  I wasn’t sure what this jewelry was, but knew “I would know when I saw it”.  A week before the wedding, I returned again to a local jewelry store, dress in hand, and once again couldn’t find what I wanted.  But attached to this store, was a new smaller one in which there were shelves of beading supplies.  Curious, I wandered in and was instantly captivated by the sparkling array of colors, shapes, and textures.  I was intrigued by the idea of design possibilities.  An invitation by the sales clerk resulted in sitting at a table and “playing” with materials which eventually ended up in a beautiful bracelet, the design of which had apparently been hidden in my mind.

It was such an enjoyable experience, that I returned a week later, and the week after that, until it became a habit.  I found creating jewelry to be a great stress reliever from the pressures of teaching.  I searched for other beading stores and took classes to learn the art of beadwork using needles and thread. I was fortunate to learn from and be inspired by some extraordinary teachers who were incredible artists as well.  It was both a challenge and exciting to learn something new each week.  I began collecting beads, idea books, patterns and materials which could possibly be turned into jewelry.  I discovered I was incorporating  many of the same design tips of gardening into the designs of jewelry, with color, shape, texture, and patterns.  Only this time, I didn’t have to wait weeks or months to see a result.  In New England, the growing season is short lived.  My jewelry lasted all year long.

After a few months, colleagues and friends began to ask me to make them jewelry, for gifts and for themselves.  My first show, was the following summer, at a local event in a small town in Maine on a 2 by 8 foot table.  This is where my journey as a selling artist began in earnest. It was a road I had never imagined.  I thought I would be teaching in a job I loved until my 70’s.  But six years ago, I took a leap of faith and left to pursue a dream.  My husband Ron, as I’ve written before, is now actively involved in the whole jewelry process from designs to show times.  We now participate in 16 shows a year, including two shows in our home featuring 10+ other artists. 

So the answer to how I became involved in this artistic business is two-fold.   My daughter’s wedding and a wandering, born of curiosity, out of one store, into another.  These were actually the catalysts for the change that has impacted my world and led to this life I am grateful for, as a jewelry artist.


  • Jen
    November 4, 2018

    Love this story! How awesome that your daughter’s wedding was the inspiration to create personal, custom jewelry! Your passion for family and all of life’s special moments shine through your work! 🙂

  • Anita Boutilier
    November 4, 2018

    What a great story, it’s even better having your husband included in this change . You both do great work, keep it going!

  • Maureen Greene
    November 4, 2018

    What a wonderful story….you found your dream. Teaching led you in another direction, which I’m sure evokes passion! You should be proud of the courage it took for you to leave a secure job, and embark on a new rewarding career! Congrats on fulfilling our dream!

  • Rebekah
    November 4, 2018

    Beautiful story, you are an inspiration


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