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Hope in Connecticut


HopeThere are times in life when it just all comes together. After a month long trip in the New England area I have returned to my southern roots refreshed and revived to creativity. I must admit that the flow of ideas and eye opening days have been exciting. Inspiration can come from anywhere, yet I found this time in life to be very special.

It’s been quite a while since I had the opportunity to leave my grandmother’s cozy little home in Georgia….life just threw a curve and I’ve survived moving back to a small town, but when I was invited by family and friends to visit and help out with IT work in November, I jumped. Dropping all fear of those “Yankees”, ears were backed and I prepared for a road trip that covered two days of turning foliage and mountain roads.

My very fun and dramatic cousin and I had no problem filling the time with conversation, fueled by coffee and cigarettes. We compared stories and similarities, preparing for the weeks ahead. The plan was to work and play, and so we did. As the month progressed I knew that I really had it made. Meals were fabulous both cooking in and eating out. I did not have a single bit of bad food the entire trip! Stew Leonard’s gave me an education in shopping the fast paces of Connecticut. The grocery store was a racetrack compared to the sleepy Harvey’s market in Cordele. During the grocery races I was introduced to the Lobster Roll, a delicacy I will not forget.

Play involved visiting New York City and a show at the fabulous Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular! Chills of happiness consumed me as I entered this piece of history. Glitter and glamour were in the air all night as we walked the Christmas stamped streets. Nothing like a story book night in NYC to free the senses. Topped of by a great meal at The Oyster Bar, the night was complete. Of course I just had to go back into the city later that week and get in a few classes at Steps on Broadway, and so I did.

I began to see more and more. Colors in the sky, the leaves, the shapes of the clouds on a trip to Vermont. The camera lens became a portal to another world and I prepared the mind for another job. It was time to photograph. Working for an artist and a designer was a win-win. As I walked into the Bridgeport factory of Art-Lore, Inc. I was in awe. It began to dawn on me that I was in the presence of a real life Italian artisan. These are the things in life that you sometimes miss, if you don’t look. Being in jewelry design I can only wish to obtain the original and true techniques of artists such as these.

As we set up the lightbox and used the light of day, my senses were wide open. I was really doing it….gaining confidence….giving back, which I love, and it was a day at work! This is when you are lucky to love your job. It was at that moment that I looked to my left and saw hope through the cracked glass. It all made sense. The silver lining, the journey…whatever you want to call it, but it was there. I quickly shot a few versions, but this one was the pick.

Hope in Connecticut gave me the courage and the inspiration to post these thoughts: Don’t listen to ‘em when they try to bring you down. Keep it going. Love what you do. Put those creative blinders on and go. You may seem a little stubborn…it’s just protection from the impossibles, don’ts, no’s, and won’ts.

Passion is there for a reason. Go.

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McGlamorous Jewelry

Butterfly and Calico

Butterfly and Calico

Hello there visitor, and welcome to the McGlamorous (go to Gallery here) jewelry. Let’s get started with some information on these little works of art.

Description: How best to describe the little pieces?….hmmm. Well, they make great gifts. You will never see another walking around. Even if a buyer requests the same piece, I rarely re-create a copy. Individualism and uniqueness are encouraged here and I want clients to be drawn in because of that. It’s all about being different.

Materials: I prefer to search for quality in materials. Designs vary in beads, for example I may mix glass with plastic, acrylic, or other. I am working on creating different lines and price levels, so if you become a fan of my work you may want to check in for an evolution. Work is strung on Fireline or Tigertail wire, 8-10 pounds. It may be doubled or waxed before threading. Metals fluctuate in price, yet another thing to cinsider. Designs may use cast metal or sterling, copper, brass, whatever the design calls for. This is good to keep in mind on a purchase. Sometimes the most unique clasp can be made of less expensive metal. On the other hand a clasp may be the most expensive part of the necklace.

Policies: I do stand behind my work, but things can happen. Materials that come from factories or other can rarely be old, or weather condition may cause breaks or snaps. If this ever happens to one of your McGlamorous purchases, please know that it can be repaired, and we will work a solution.

Restringing, Repair, Recreation: Sometimes you have a piece that is great, but needs a little boost. I can help. A recreation may be just what you need. This usually involves a design fee, plus materials. Contact me for quotes if this interests you.

Lengths: I will soon post a chart of different necklace lengths, but this is a customizable option in all pieces. Price may vary as well as materials, so a quote is encouraged.