I never thought in a million years that I would make jewelry for a living.
I had a 9-5 job like most and I was content with that, until 2010 came and I was let go from my 10 years of service.
My father just passed and my mother was alone and she had a stroke 6 months after my dad passed. My husband and I decided to sell our home and go live with my mother in her basement and take care of her. Taking care of my mother was a 24/7 job she had a lot wrong, but I needed to bring in some money.
I went into JoAnn’s one day to just see what there was in the store and I found myself in the bead section. I thought I died and went to heaven. I fell in love, but I did not know how to make jewelry and had no clue how to go about it.
I went home that day and went on youtube and looked at some videos of how to. There was a local bead store that was doing a boot camp for beading. I signed up and learned the very basics. The crimping part had me stumped and it took me awhile to get the hang of it.
I started out with a few craft shows, it was hard, not a lot of people were buying my jewelry, I got frustrated, but I kept making and going.
Unfortunately, my mother passed in 2013. Making jewelry was very therapeutic for me and as I was making my pieces I got more ideas and I was getting better.
It has taken me 4 years to finally get good and really make some wonderful pieces that I am very proud of. Now people are asking me to join their craft shows.
So if you are just starting out, don’t give up and keep your dreams and you too will succeed, so happy beading.