For me, my artwork tells a story. It tells the story of my life at times, the good, the not-so-good, sometimes the ugly, nonetheless, it tells a story. I create because I have to! It is in my blood. It runs deep too.
I come from a long line of creative people. My Grandma could sew anything without a pattern. My Mom also sewed and later quilted, My Aunts were mixed media artists before the term was ever even heard of.
I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, grew up in Illinois and spent my teen years in Southern Missouri, where I currently reside. I am a wife to a wonderful husband, who proves his love to me every day, Dana, a Mom to two beautiful-now adult kids, Alex and Mariah and two great Step-kids, Elise and Julia. I’ve been blessed with a beautiful daughter-in-law, Beth and I’m now a Grandma to Carlee Jane. My life is GRAND!
I’m a designer and consultant in the crafting industry and an author of 14 how-to titles with various titles ranging from jewelry making, home decor, floral design and creative upcycling. I’ve also been a repeat guest on major cable networks such as HGTV’s The Carol Duvall Show, DIY’s Jewelry Making and PBS Beads, Baubles and Jewels.
My passion is upcycling. I collect junque – not just any junque – good junk. Then I find a way to r-epurpose it. There is a story that is untold in things you throw away and if I can give them life and a new purpose…all the better.
So on my website you’ll find creative ideas to make things for all facets of your life. I love teaching, I love inspiring and I hope that you’ll join me on my creative journey.
Keep living a creative life!