Family, friends and former co-workers (I call them former now just to rub it in that I am retired) all showed a lot of interest in my jewelry and really helped inspire me to continue with it. My sister and good friend Kathie and her wonderful family have especially been a huge inspiration to me – and my best customers! There's nothing more inspiring then seeing family/friends actually wearing your jewelry! I also got a lot of good information and help from my friend Bob on website search engine optimization -- yeah, way more technical than I wanted to get into after leaving my computer job behind. ;-) I'm still just starting out with making jewelry and not sure where it is going but I really appreciate you all.
I also want to say a little something about my Mom who is no longer with us. Mom was a great seamstress and did a lot of sewing for people while raising our family in a small town and farm/ranch in Nebraska. Using a sewing machine, she embroidered a beautiful tiger face emblem for a flag that our high school marching band used for years. She also made my sister’s wedding dress along with all the bridesmaid dresses. I still have dresses in my closet that my Mom made me. My sister and I learned how to sew from her and we were in 4-H for years sewing and cooking. After I left home, I just lost interest in sewing and cooking and basically didn’t do much of either for most of my life and I think my Mom thought I might have been switched at birth. Of course it didn’t help that I refused to eat meat that I knew my Dad or brother had hunted and killed, or wouldn’t eat chicken for a year when we had to go to a neighbor’s farm and help kill and dress chickens… However now XX years later, I think my Mom is smiling down at me because after all, I am using needle and thread to weave peyote stitch bracelets.