Some people know early on what they want to be when they grow up. Did you? As a child I teetered between wanting to be an astronaut and a preacher. I also wanted to be a bus driver for a short time because I noticed that bus drivers all waved at each other. Just for the record, I may or may not occasionally wave at passing buses just to make my 5 year old self smile. As I got older, I was told that it would probably be too hard to be an astronaut and that girls couldn’t be preachers, I felt at a loss about what I wanted to be when I grew up. Finding my life’s passion, some 20 + years later, was just a happy accident.
I was visiting my roommate at a house-sitting job she had. She’d lured me in with the promise of an evening in the hot tub. She quickly gave me a tour of the house before we made our way towards the back door, the hot tub beckoning us. As we entered the last room, I stopped dead in my tracks. Although the house was modest, this room seemed particularly large. I barely noticed the half wall dividing the room. I just couldn’t take my eyes of the wall.
The entire wall in front of me seemed to be dripping with beads. I had never seen so many beads before in my life! In fact, as I thought about it, I had never seen these kinds of beads before. They were so tiny and colorful. My bead knowledge started and ended with the plastic beads you could melt on one side with an iron – the kind reserved for camp crafts and sleepovers. But this, this was something totally different though. So different, in fact, that I felt something stir in my soul. I had found something I didn’t even know I was looking for.
Inspired by the sight of those gorgeous beads, and wanting to know as much about them as possible, I found the nearest bead shop the very next day and my life has never been the same. While I didn’t know from the very beginning that I would become a jewelry designer, I knew right away that it was something I that would change my life.
My style and techniques have changed so much since those early days. I started with tiny seed beads and made simple earrings. I taught myself, slowly but surely and eventually I moved on from simple earrings to more complex necklaces. I read books and practiced until the wee hours of the morning, huddled at my living room table with beads sprawled out all around me. I started getting more confident in my skills and eventually started making some of the jewelry pieces I wanted, instead of buying them from the store. Soon I even started making pieces for family and friends.
As is the story with so many hobbies, I packed up my beading supplies for a few years as I moved around and started life as a working adult. They were still packed away after I got married, when I started to hear them call. I started on small projects at first, getting familiar again with the supplies, but soon enough, I fell into a comfortable rhythm and creating pieces started feeling like second nature. I quickly started on a whole new jewelry wardrobe for myself. Then, I branched out to making more and more jewelry gifts for family and friends – every birthday, holiday and celebration was cause for a new pair of earrings! It didn’t take very long for my long lost past time to become a hobby again. And it took an even shorter amount of time for me to fall head over heels in love with creating jewelry.
It’s a passion that has stayed with me all these years later. The actual journey of turning my passion into what it’s become today is a story I’ll save for another day, but just like that glimmering wall of beads was the beginning of my journey into jewelry, this blog is the beginning of a whole new journey. It’s the story of seek + be and how it came to be, how it continues to evolve and change, and a place to collect all the stories and things that inspire me along the way…