Collette says that she began making jewelry in 2004, when losing her job caused her to have a lot of free time. She started with beading, then took a few wire working and metalsmith classes to learn basics. Most of her knowledge, though, is self-taught. In my opinion, she must be one hell of a teacher, because her jewelry is just amazing. Clean, classy, classic, and just plain exquisite. Prolific, too, as illustrated by the nearly 200 items in her shop, mostly in sterling silver, copper, and various stones, though she says that her toddler takes up most of her time now.
OK, I'll stop telling and start showing, since her pieces really speak for themselves.
(These you can win on her blog contest, which runs through October 22... except I'm hoping to win them for myself!)
And believe it or not, wire-wrapping tutorials, like this toggle closure and this pair of earrings!
For news about her jewelry, the veggies she grows in her garden in West Virginia, and even the occasional joke, be sure to follow her blog.