I was born in Kentucky, but my family was moved to Rhode Island when I was 2 years old. From there, we continued moving all over the world. As a Navy child, I grew up globally. I spent most of my childhood traveling Europe while our home bases were in Spain and Italy. We moved back to the States when I was 8, establishing homes in both the South and Great Plains.
According to my mom, I’ve been making pretty things since birth. My mom is incredibly artistic and always had projects for us to do. I remember painting, coloring and making jewelry from the time I was 3 years old. We would spend hours making decor for our home. Mostly, we were trying to bring color into the boring, white-walled, military-base housing we lived in.
I see art in everything around me. I am inspired by colors in old buildings, flowers and sunsets. It is intertwined with how I grew up and my passion for traveling and connecting with the world. I find joy in the differences in cultures, styles and architecture. I am always looking for patterns, color combos and textures.
My heart is drawn to the world and all it has to offer and see. Even though my roots are in my Kentucky home, my heart branches all around the globe. Creating is a way to pull those branches back and draw all the inspiration, joy and memories I have experienced. It pulls it all back home—and lets me share my heart with the world.
My style is influenced by my travels. It is best summed up as globally eclectic, as it is influenced by colors and textures that I have seen all over the world. Not being from just one place, I find myself feeling quite at home almost anywhere— or maybe everywhere—some eclectic combination of everything.
“I feel like being a creative person has opened up my eyes to more beauty in the world.”
Our studio is located in Owensboro, Kentucky, overlooking the beautiful Ohio River. We moved here in 2015, and after having lived all over, this just feels like our corner of the world. It is our favorite place to be and come back to, even after international travel or scooting around the country in our renovated Airstreams (of which we’ve had a few over the years).
The outdoors was the main inspiration behind my studio. I wanted to keep things light, bright and airy while bringing in bits of nature with plants and floral stems. The windows provide enough natural light to make it feel like I’m outside already, so I really just wanted to bring that in.
After years of struggling with inventory management, I’ve finally found the perfect solution for my space. I keep all my supplies on custom-built shelves in glass jars, which allows me to always see what my inventory levels are. My best advice to others is to find the weakness in your studio—whether it be something you forget to do or something that is slowing up your workflow—and design your space with that fault in mind.
It is always nice to take a break. I like to physically step away. If I am feeling stumped in the studio, I will grab my son and we will get outside. Being in nature always seems to refresh and inspire me. The Ohio River practically runs through my backyard, so there is always something to explore. We also have three rescue dogs who keep us moving out there and help us to stop and enjoy nature.
I also try to get involved in the community. Sometimes, we will hop in the car and go volunteer at a church—either with jewelry or something random. Recently, my stepmom and I spent a day cutting fabric for a quilting circle at a local church. Talking with others, hearing their stories and playing with multi-colored fabrics brought lots of fresh creativity! It is never long before a new idea pops into my mind. As an introvert, I thrive most when alone in my studio. As a mom, sometimes just a quiet moment is all I really need. It is always refreshing—and important—to get together with other creative people and get recharged.
I love encouraging and inspiring other women to fulfill their God-given talents. I’ve made so many wonderful friends over the years simply by reaching out to them on social media and complimenting their work. Being a creative person can be very lonely sometimes. I’m thankful for the artsy women I have met over the years and the encouraging community that we have built.
If ever there was a time to turn your creativity into a career, this is it! When I started this journey back in 2009, people looked at me like I was crazy when I told them I make jewelry for a living. Friends on social media would see me traveling around the U.S. mingling with celebrities and be totally shocked that at 21, this was my life. At the time, Etsy was still kind of new.
“My biggest accomplishment is that I’ve lived as authentically as possible. That makes me feel satisfied.”
Social media was also still new for a lot of people. These days, everyone knows someone who sells online, whether on a website or through social media. Social media has positively impacted my business over the years. I love connecting directly with our customers from all over the world and forming actual relationships, beyond just the occasional sale. This allows me to get a better feel for my customers and what they are looking for in our pieces. Over the years, we have developed such a great following and we regularly ask their input on new designs and projects. I enjoy allowing customers to become a part of this business.