This week I've got someone you've never met here before, Pam from A Bead Thing. Now, I've been hanging out in the handmade world for quite a while; even before starting Reef Botanicals, I was a fan of craft shows, but I've never seen anything like this. Pam's work is really unique and beautiful.
This great mom and doting grandmother who lives in Florida had the guts to give up her day job as a realtor and get full time into crafting, a pastime she's enjoyed all her life. She now has a shop at Handmade Artists, where you can see her absolutely gorgeous jewelry.
She's got a style and technique, I've never seen anywhere else, but she's not averse to sharing it, as she teaches jewelry-making classes down in the Daytona Beach area.
She also does home shows within a 50 mile radius of Port Orange, FL. How much cooler is this than Lia Sophia or Cookie Lee? I can ID those brands of jewelry from across the room. But if you're wearing A Bead Thing, you'll be wearing a one-of-a-kind conversation starter!
Interesting thing... I've showcased so many artists here who got started when their parents or grandparents got them involved in creating. Well, Pam joined the artisan ranks by watching her daughter play around with beads instead!
And personally, I think it's a good thing she did!
Keep up with her on Twitter, Facebook, or her blog.