To creatively use the gifts that God has given me to put a smile on some else's face.
The Story of The Ornamental Lady
Many moons ago when I was a child I developed a passion for arts & crafts. I tried my hand at many things:
Embroidery ... to name a few
Then I grew up. I went away to college at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where I earned a degree in accounting and another in computer science. I worked in the garment district in New York City after college. Circumstances sent me back home to Bethlehem (I got married). I had jobs in the local computer industry until I decided this just wasn't my bliss.
I worked for Tupperware and Pampered Chef for a while and found that I liked being my own boss - doing things my own way - so I left the conventional job market to pursue my own dreams.
In 1990 I started making my own items and taking them to local craft shows. I made many different items over the next 14 years.
In 2004 due to health issues, I needed to change the items I was carrying. The doctor told me I needed to stop carrying around such heavy items.
I started searching for some other way to be creative. I went to many classes - glass fusing, mosaicing, stained glass making, metal working, but it was the beadweaving that really sparked my creative side. I did beadweaving when I was in my twenties and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it.
2006 - I started beadweaving. I made 100 ornaments to take to my first show - Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem, PA. I now make jewelry and other items, as well as my favorite things to make, my ornaments.
I enjoy the fact that I can be creative and still be my own boss and make a living from my passion. None of this would be possible if it was not for the support of my wonderful husband.