I am grateful for the many blessings God has given us, including the many gifts from nature. Beyond the obvious, water & food, our gifts include resources that assist our body in healing itself.
My journey has included studying wholistic health for years.
Herbs and plants for an example; man discovered over centuries certain effects from plants that helped aliments. (An example would be Comfrey, basically a weed, nicknamed 'knitbone' and used as a poultice for sprains and fractures. It is high in Selenium, a mineral not readily available naturally in New England, yet the deer know to eat the leaves to help prevent bone issues).
After centuries of anecdotes about healing or symptom control using plants were passed down, people were becoming more scientific in their approach of learning. Scientists & later the pharmacies researched plants to determine what element in the plant provided certain effects. They made a synthetic of the desired element found in plants. As time goes on, we are learning that the Plant in its original natural form is far more powerful in it’s synergistic healing abilities than singling out one element.
During the past couple centuries, laws were passed to prevent patenting what nature produced naturally, but you can patent formulas and synthetic elements to charge significantly more money.
Gemstones also have healing properties. Because, you are not taking them internally, their effects are somewhat subtle. They have a vibrational energy that affects the body's energy flow at different levels. Although some people believe vibrational energy healing is strictly on the spiritual level, it is much more. The 4 body levels: the Physical, Emotional, Spiritual and Mental levels of our body do not operate separate from each other’s. They impact each other for better or for worse.
For me, not only do I consider the healing properties of the gemstones when making jewelry, but they need to be attractive, comfortable, and a texture I want next to my skin so that I will wear them.
Besides, don't you love getting a compliment on the bracelet you are wearing?
With you in mind, I create a "subtly bold" look with vibrational healing energy gemstones. I know this sounds like an oxymoron... however... using simple lines, contrasting colors, a bit of 'bling' and texture, the jewelry is bold enough to get noticed, yet doesn't take center stage or look gaudy. And it feels good on!
I love making jewelry pieces that "pop" and/or have "bling". What I mean by this is using contrasting colors or textures in a tasteful way so that you and the jewelry you are wearing get noticed. An example: Crystal earrings always get noticed when the light hits them creating a flash reflection or "bling" effect.
In a my high school Art class, (back when Noah landed), my Art Teacher taught us some jewelry making techniques including a torch to solder a silver bezel and tools to get a high polish on the silver. We all made a bezel gemstone ring. That was all it took to get 'hooked'.
Wire wrapping is my preferred "go to" activity and my nickname of "the wire whisperer" was labeled by fellow bead retreat goers. What is really crazy, is my passion to work with Memory Wire. Yup, you read that right. As a kid, many of us tried our hand at stringing beads on a 'slinky' type wire and most of the time it came out ok, but not something to earn bragging rights. I love the challenge of designing an exquisite bracelet, using Memory Wire that is not only gorgeous, but easy to put on and take off and super comfortable to wear. Check out my double drilled gemstones designs ( https://creative-bead-studio.myshopify.com/admin/products/5998177288360) to see what I mean.
I have been a member of the NH society for Beads for 15+ years, I love going to our semiannual retreats and have made lifelong friends. I feel very honored to belong to this group of creative women and men who cherish the fellowship of our group with open sharing of 'secret' techniques, successes, failures, being respectful of each one's core values and how everyone's voice is heard. We learned to "Zoom" our monthly meetings when meeting outside in the snow was impractical during the pandemic.
Although I am skilled enough at off loom bead weaving and stringing, my love is working with wire and semi-precious gemstones. It is my goal to teach others more about the jewelry they buy from me, including properties & care of various pieces, while providing classes and kits so they can make their own jewelry. It is delightful to watch someone light up after a class saying, "Wow, I made that!".
Currently, I have a Bead Studio I work and sell from. It has been like taking a college level course to learn how to put together a website, use social media and Etsy for marketing. I also do some craft fairs, but find the lugging, setting up and taking down is more difficult as I age. However, I love meeting people in person, sharing stories, so when I get physical help, I am there! If you are in the Lakes Region of NH area, definitely stop by my studio for a visit, a cup of tea/coffee and a tour.
If you are like me, you love adventure, have a practical side, yet admit to enjoying some whimsical moments. You live life fully, respectfully and enjoy creating balance by dipping your toes in on both sides of the scale. You get in your groove with the challenge of a bit of chaos yet appreciate the peace & serenity that comes with 'surrendering to the moment'. You understand that your environment, your sense of self, your perception and values all affect your sense of wellbeing.
I have a varied background as a Nurse, Farmer, and Grammie. I am blessed with a wonderfully supportive husband. My medical background included working with elders. I also have a lot of wholistic therapies in my 'toolbox', including Crystal healing, polarity therapy, reflexology, essential oils, and obtaining a Reiki Master Teacher certificate in 1990. I care about and have researched how environmental factors, emotional stress, friends, family, work, home, living a life out of balance and other various energies affect our health and wellbeing.
As a farmer, I raised, showed, & trained miniature horses for manners, show classes and carting, raised goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, ducks, guinea hens, turkeys, dogs & cats, and rescued a few pets and wild animals. I raised and sold herbs, perennials, and house plants.
Touch and Pet Therapy are so important to Elders. So, I started bringing cages of smaller birds to the Nursing Home I worked in and left cages with a pair of finches or parakeets in various rooms for entertainment and company. When I saw the results of elders being more communicative, interactive, this started my interest in providing Pet Therapy for elders. From there, I brought baby bunnies, baby goats, miniature horses for visits. And I even hatched ducklings, guinea hens in an incubator in the Nursing Home. Oh, I have so many stories...
I believe strongly in creating moments of joy for others and loved bringing my miniature farm animals to Nursing Homes to see the delight in the staff and resident's faces. (I have recently retired both from Fulltime Nursing Career and Farming, now spending my time in my Bead Studio, Teaching, Learning, Designing and more time with my Grandchildren).
I love creating jewelry in my Bead Studio and look forward to meeting more people as they attend classes and events there.