I am so very grateful to the stores who took a chance placing orders. I am thankful for the help my friends (who so conveniently happen to be stylists, shop owners, graphic designers, photographers, clothing designers, jewelry designers, writers, you-name-it) have given me. They spread the word, helped me get into stores, referred me to their friends, lent an ear to my worries and offered timely advice.
Likewise, I would be nowhere without my family. They are the best a girl could ever have. My mother proudly wore all my first jewelry designs (even though they were pretty ugly). They have always been supportive of my endeavors (which were sometimes very foolish). My Mom and Dad never said, "I told you so", when an idea backfired (my mischievous brother did say it, however). They encouraged me to paint, draw, play piano, sing, collect bugs and allowed me to keep a small farm's worth of unconventional animals (I liked frogs best) in my room. While all the other girls in band played their flutes, I was the weirdo on the end with the four-foot tall bassoon. Experimenting was encouraged - as long as my experiments did not blow up the house, involve drugs, or boys, I was free to do whatever.
Me and my brother, posed as allies for the camera
I am also lucky to be married to such an amazing man. My husband always believed in my work, and helped my apply for my first college art fair ten years ago. He has wheeled tables, lamps, and trunk loads of jewelry through snow and rain. His encouragement led me to my first job at a boutique. He supported my first sales calls to stores, and was there with a shoulder to cry on if things did not work out. Without him, I would not have the guts.
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