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That was the old me! I used to find myself bouncing from one new jewelry-making technique to the next, without any focus. It was fun mind you, but not really good for business. Why am I sharing this now? I mean you’d think I’d be too embarrassed, which I kinda am. But, I’m sharing this now because my inconsistency is going to be great for you! Hear me out. When I first started making jewelry, I wanted to learn every technique I could possibly find…enameling, resin, sweat soldering, patinas, etching, precious metal clay…I could go on but I won’t (did...

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I cut all my hair off. Well, maybe not ALL of my hair, but probably a good 3” of it. And when I say “I cut my hair” you know I don’t really mean “I” cut my hair, but I gave my hairdresser the motivation to cut my hair. And let’s just say I don’t love it. Let’s just say I don’t even like it. Ok. Who am I kidding? Let’s just be real. I friggin’ HATE it! I hate it to the point of tantrums, tears and sulking. Not a very pretty picture. [Sidebar…if my hairdresser happens to be...

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What is your earliest memory of jewelry? Was it a gift? Something you spotted in a shop window? Maybe it was a piece your mom, grandma or a teacher wore? My love affair with jewelry began at a very young age. The shine of 14-carat, gold dangle earrings my mom wore. The sparkly, ruby and pearl cocktail ring on my grandma’s finger. The gentle “jingle” of the silver charm bracelet my 1st grade teacher wore. Captivating. Luxurious. Beautiful. These images are still vivid and made lasting impressions on my young mind. They fostered my lifelong passion for jewelry. If I...

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For 3-weeks now I’ve been without my car. It’s insane. So I’ll save the less than stellar review of the car mechanic for another time. Fortunately I live in a very walkable neighborhood in the Chicago suburbs. I’m not exaggerating when I say that for 3-weeks I’ve been walking my little tush all over town…to the post office, to the grocery store, to the library and even to the beer & wine store. Hey…no judging! "...as I looked over my right shoulder, a teenage girl rolled past me on her 10-speed bike and promptly lost her balance and face planted...

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I like to be prepared for the worst, especially when I’m on the bike, and even more so on a multi-day road trip. In preparation for our Memorial Day weekend trip from Chicago to Maryland, I created a packing list. Packing for a trip on a motorcycle requires some planning. Each item a necessity. While I have 2 small saddlebags, and another travel bag that straps to my luggage rack, my space is still limited. So my packing list went something like this: Rain Gear Bike Cover Tool kit I-Pass Phone charger 1 pair of jeans and socks 5 pairs...

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