My youngest sister, Patricia Marie, has turned a love of beadwork into a sideline. (That's her on the left, with her son and her grandson.) We called her Tricia when she was little, but she changed it to Patti in her teens and she's currently offering some of her sparklies at http://www.jewelrybypatti.etsy.com/
Explain your creative process.
I will look at a stone, crystal or charm and think of all the different things it can become. I then pick the one I think will show off its beauty the most. You never know what I might make with special pieces of stones, crystals, or charms. I use several different kinds of materials and I enjoy trying new techniques.
Okay. Cool. Is this process difficult for you?
No, not really. I have always had an eye for that kind of thing, whether I'm out photographing nature, working in my garden, or making jewelry.
Anything you'd like to say about your materials?
I enjoy taking nothing and creating something beautiful with it. Some of the items I use are recycled. Like crystals from an old chandelier will become a crystal in a sun catcher or the end of a keychain, depending on its size of course.
You have a full-time job, a social life and grandkids. How do you manage to work the jewelry into your busy schedule?
Sometimes it’s hard for me to find the time. I try to do it in the evening while watching TV or listening to my CDs. I also do it during the weekends, when I’m not out shopping for new items to make into jewelry, or gardening. Once I get working on something special I will lose track of time, that is until either my dog or cat remind me it’s time for them to eat.
As you can tell, no doubt, I'm pretty proud of my sister... Christmas is coming, so if you have anyone on your list that likes pretty things that sparkle with creativity, use the link above and check out her wares!