Ivy & Gold Handcraft

Ivy & Gold Handcraft

Aaron & Holly

Holly & Aaron_505lowres

I met Aaron and Holly the night before Thanksgiving in 2012.  It was the first time my then boyfriend, now husband brought me home to meet his entire family (no pressure!) and some of his friends from home.  I remember sitting in this cool little bar area with comfy couches getting to know Aaron and Holly.  When meeting new people I have a tendency to be super shy and nervous.  There was something about both of them that made me feel instantly comfortable, almost like I had known them forever.  I found them so easy to talk to. It’s really special to be able to connect with people so easily. The more I’ve gotten to know them over the years, the more I find that they feel like friends I’ve known since childhood.  We pick up right where we left off and never miss a beat.

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness” – John Muir


Carlene has always been a friend and a supporter of my work.  Year, after year Carlene would come out to the LarkFest Craft show in Albany, NY to visit me and often times bought some of my jewelry pieces. This past fall I was completely honored when she asked me if I could create some custom earrings for her wedding day. Carlene had seen a pair of earrings I had made on Instagram and wondered if I could make her a pair in a similar style. She gave me some guidelines to design by: Moonstone, Silver, Lace, Birds, Branches.

But the wind blew me back, via Chicago


My “studio” one year ago

It seems appropriate at this time to look back on how far I’ve come in just a year.  In April, I wrote a post about my journey in Upstate New York.  Owning my own store with my best friend Emily and all the adventures that ensued and led me here to Chicago.  In the past year my husband and I have succesfully put together a really great home studio that I’ve completely fallen in love with.  However, it wasn’t love at first sight.