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Ruby Lane's Creative Hands Newsletter for May 2007
IN THIS ISSUE:
- Happy Mother's Day!
- SHELLY MERRY of Throwin' Stones
- Share Creative Hands With A Friend
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
Mothers Day is celebrated this month in the US and other countries around the world as is Mothering Day in the UK. It is a day set aside for honoring Mothers for their love and nurturing spirit. Take a moment and browse our many wonderful jewelry artisan shops on Ruby Lane for a truly special gift for Mom.
SHELLY MERRY OF THROWIN' STONES
Welcome to my shop, Throwin' Stones! I have been selling jewelry on Ruby Lane since September of 2004.
I have been surrounded by creative and talented women all my life. My mother has never been afraid to try anything from refinishing floors, tiling and recently building a patio and she, along with my aunts have a great talent of sewing, cooking and sketching. My younger sister is also a talented graphic artist and has a keen flare for design. Fortunately, for my husband and children I inherited the cooking talent, but I have always loved color and design and found that outlet when I discovered cake decorating. I was a stay at home mom with four children and stumbled across a book by master cake decorator, Collette Peters and soon began cake decorating from my home. I began decorating elaborate wedding cakes and even entered a contest or two, but I started a full-time job when my youngest started school and with that and wedding cakes I was overwhelmed and the cakes were put on the back burner.
As my children began to grow up and didn't require as much attention I had a little more time on my hands and the creative bug began to bite again. I developed a great interest in digital photography and have had a photograph chosen to be published in a book among other amateur photographers. I began watching a television program with a guest gemologist/jewelry designer and he expressed so much enthusiasm and passion for gemstones, rare, as well as the more common and well-known stones a genuine interest was sparked. He provided a wealth of knowledge and a contagious enthusiasm so I decided to make a trip to the craft store and purchased a few jewelry craft books, stones and wire and made a few pairs of earrings just a short three years ago.
As I made more earrings and gave some to family and friends their compliments and encouragement was the deciding factor to try to sell a few online. My interest in jewelry making increased and was a great change of pace from my day job that lacked any creativity; administration, computer tech, and data base management. The company I worked for began selling off piece by piece after the passing of the owner's son and soon my position was terminated so I took the opportunity to delve into jewelry making even more. I am again a stay at home mom and am able to focus more jewelry making.
The majority of my work revolves around genuine gemstones, sterling or gold-filled wire and occasionally solid gold. I try to keep a range of prices attainable for any budget and a variety of styles for any personality.
I have been inspired by many amazingly talented jewelry artisans, fashion, nature and much more. Sometimes a piece will come together just by a fortunate accident of stones being laid side by side and voila! I hope I can throw a few stones together, inspire and create pieces others are able to enjoy.
Take a moment and visit Shelly Merry at Throwin' Stones
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