Some time ago, I (Carolyn) needed a pair of earrings to go with an informal outfit. I ended up spending $30 and all the while thinking, “I could make that!” Next I went to Michael’s and they were offering a class on making earrings. I immediately signed up and made my first pair of earrings. It was fun and satisfied my creative urge. I could also take this craft with me while traveling with my husband around the country in our motorhome.
So I made earrings—I gave them to all the family members, all our friends, to absolutely everyone and still had lots more to share. I then took a week’s class on beading in Arizona and learned to make necklaces and bracelets.
When we got back East at our annual Family Beach Week, our sharing craft was making jewelry. It didn’t take long before daughters Melinda and then Michelle were hooked. Now, not only did we have a LOT of earrings, but necklaces and bracelets, too! Melinda said, “Mom, we have got to sell some of this stuff so we can buy more beads.”
Now we sell our jewelry at craft shows and enjoy meeting our customers in person. I found great resources for beads out West and we are still able to use those resources to pass on considerable savings to our customers.
We all enjoy selecting beads and arranging them creatively, each in our unique styles, to make beautiful jewelry. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a customer get excited about our handmade jewelry and find out that it is reasonably priced!
Taking Care of our Jewelry
Most of the components we use in making our jewelry are silver plated and may tarnish over time. If you keep your handmade jewelry in plastic bags, you will slow down tarnishing considerably.
If any component breaks from normal wear and tear, we will be happy to fix it free of charge. Just email us to make arrangements.