About My Jewelry

About My Jewelry
Mary Brown Jewelry

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Welcome to my Studio

Hello Again,

My studio is in California where the light streams in through the window most of the year and allows my creative juices to flow!! Every time I get set to work on a new design inspiration comes easily in my warm and cozy studio.

This is where I create my jewelry designs. Working with

semi-precious gemstones is my signature and bringing out hidden colors in the stones is my specialty. I create uniquely designed jewelry for the discerning woman in all of us.

I have been a quilt designer, teacher and fiber artist for over 20 years. I found beading and jewelry designing to have been a very remarkable awaking of my talents. What I discovered is all the many colors of semi-precious gemstones that have taken my color choices in an entirely different direction.

As a Fiber Artist, I am able to use my skills with fabric to enrich my creativity in my Jewelry designs. On my website marybrownjewelry.com under "Color History" you will see some of my quilts and my “Dragonflower” coat. I won several ribbons for this coat. Fiber Art is similar to quilting, except that you really learn to work outside the box and you get to wear the garments that you create. Working outside the box has also helped me with many of my designs that I have made especially for you to enjoy.

Our Schnauzers, Rosie and her daughter Frosty, keep me company and give me inspiration. They are retired show dogs that we adopted. We have also adopted Schnauzers from the Humane Society and rescue groups. However, we decided that retired show dogs also need homes and they are much calmer and easier to train.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my studio.



Friday, January 1, 2010

Welcome to 2010

Janna & Maizie

Hello Friends

Happy New Year and welcome to 2010. I hope this new year will be a very good year for you, your family and friends.

2009 was a very interesting year for me. I lost my job in March and it has been a year of tightening our belts as others have had to do. I now look back at this as a blessing in disguise. I was able to be with my husband when he ended up in the hospital from a seizure in May and to help him recover when he returned home. I also enjoyed spending time in Michigan with my Mother, who will be 91 in January, when she was feeling like life was just too much for her. My Mother lives in an assisted living apartment building and it was so nice to have lunch in the main dining room and meet all her friends. Some of them are real characters.

We also helped our Daughter, Janna, who is taking care of her Grandmother who has Alzheimer’s and raising a toddler our first Grandchild, Maizie. We are really blessed to have more time with Janna and the Amazinator, as Grampy calls her.

I have also had the opportunity to take some accounting and QuickBooks classes in the hopes that I can help other crafters with the accounting side of their business.

I plan to write my blog every week to two weeks, depending upon the time I have while looking for a job. I will feature articles and information on the semi-precious gemstones that I use in my designs and invite you to see my studio and our dogs, Rosie and her daughter Frosty.

I welcome all your comments and support.