M: When did you first start beading & what drew you to beading in the first place?
S: I have always been what they call a "creative." While everyone was just coloring their pictures, I would meticulously outline my pictures first, and then fill them in. LOL. I've always drawn, wrote, colored, painted, etc.
When I was about 12 or 13, my mom who served in the Air Force would take us home to visit family in Pensacola, FL. We saw my aunt Carolyn, who would make jewelry and bake the BEST pound cakes. When she would pull out her stock to create jewelry, I would be right there with her. What drew me to beading were the colors and the textures of the different varieties of beads she had. Beadwork is to me, an art form.
M: Where do you get your beading inspiration? What most inspires you?
S: I draw my beading inspiration from many of the different styles and genres of art forms there are. Color inspires me. Whether it's a sunrise, sunset, watercolors, acrylics; it could be anything that brings colors together in such form or fashion. I pay attention to it.
M: Do you have a jewelry business?
S: I do have a jewelry business and am in the process of re-launching my business as well as opening an Etsy store (eek!!) this coming April. I love color. It truly does something to me from the inside out. It evokes emotions that you can't describe sometimes. I believe that is one of my God given superpowers. To see color in a way that can speak. Here in Tennessee, we have some of these most beautiful sunsets, and I have literally lived all over this world, by far these are the some of the best I've seen. The colors that come together in the sky…I call them cotton candy sunsets. Hues of orange, pink, purple, and faint blues. This is what I also love, the Word of God. I'm not religious, but I am spiritual, and I've learned that there are colors intertwined in the words we speak; not just in the Bible, but in our everyday lives. About 3 years ago, I decided to turn a hobby into a mission; I desired to create pieces that literally speak to you. To create a memory, evoke an emotion and help others to see the beauty of this life from a different way, in living color! My business, Interceding Designs Jewelry was born. I am on both Facebook and Instagram. Also I will have a "colorful words" blog and Pinterest Board launching simultaneously this April. Super excited!
M: What are your favorite beading techniques and materials?
S: As much as I love beading and working with wires and elastic/stretch materials, truthfully my favorite go to technique is (drum roll) MACRAMÉ! I love macramé designs. When coupled with the right hue of strings, man the possibilities are endless. My favorite materials to macramé are the semi-precious stones. Rich deep hues of strings become the framework for the beautiful stone and even pearl combinations. Also another technique I stumbled upon is crocheting with fine wire and seed beads and crystals. Love the combination.
M: What techniques would you like to learn?
S: The technique that I cannot wait to learn is both working with metal clay and creating unique beads from clay, for specific occasions and keepsakes. Marrying these two elements up with the processes that I already utilize would be stellar!
M: What are some of your favorite beads or components on the HalcraftCollection.com website?
S: By far my favorite beads are the semi-precious stones and the Czech beads. I just go completely over the moon with them.
M: Tell us a little more about yourself, where you live and what you love. Do you do any other crafts?
S: I am a single mom of 3 kids and one very furry St. Bernard, named Bailey. I am retired military and have been working for the department of the Army for a few years now. I have an extensive medical background, which tends to lend itself towards my desire to see others healed and whole. I am also in the process of becoming a published author of books of encouragement and ministry for women, as well as a children's series of a little girl close to my heart and her adventures.
Art has always fascinated me in any form. I've worked with it all, from writing, singing, dancing, painting, drawing, writing poetry and even carvings, sewing and other needle work. I do other crafts, and would like to one day incorporate them under my business. I once gave up an opportunity to receive a four year scholarship through JROTC for another year of taking art classes, all becomes I fell in love with pottery. That is my other passion; pottery and ceramics. My heart's desire is to one day spend my time writing books, making jewelry and changing lives, as well as creating pottery pieces too. I'll be making entrepreneurial moves this year to incorporate pieces into both my jewelry business and women's ministry too. Fingers crossed, this is going to be one amazing year, and a standard setter by many aspects.
My children are creative as well and I encourage them to explore and find their groove. Anyone decides to go into business for themselves…I'll even invest in their company.
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