Well, I am so glad you found me! I have been posting for several years on another blog site (http://thegalleryatshastalake.weebly.com). However, I have been contemplating a change for many years. Mostly because I had a brick and mortar business in my beloved city of Shasta Lake. However, 2007 and 2008 turned out to be not so good years for opening a business in a small town. Make that your first business ever! It was an art and jewelry gallery. I loved the hard work, the people I met, and the connections I established. It didn’t take me long to run out of money, not much was selling, and I didn’t have the heart to start charging my members. It would have been one of the only things that might have helped. To be honest, closing the doors sent me into a long depression. I felt like a failure. Worse, I had let the art community down.
Fortunately, I remained committed to the obligations I had in public service. These helped to keep me connected with the people that live and work here. I stretched myself farther than ever before. I found passion in learning, taking classes at our local Shasta College. I will go back one day, too!
It has been one of the best learning curves ever. Wild and unexpected, I remember telling myself to trust my many years of customer service and follow my inner wisdom. I eventually transitioned to an on-line web-based business and blog. This is great for me because I cannot sit and be idle. I can sit and make jewelry. I can sit and read a book. I can sit (for a short time) and watch TV. But, my favorite activity is activity!
So I continue my passion of creating and designing jewelry and art. I have allowed my passion to get a bit crazy with adding my vintage collections of glass, beads, found objects and natural items.