Hi, my name is Audrey. While making jewelry is a relatively new avenue of artistic expression for me, I also have a passion for singing and gardening. God is good and has blessed me to sing on the praise and worship team at my church, in groups and in the choir. I am often called upon to sing at church events, weddings, fashion shows, reunions and parties. Tell me, what is more beautiful than flowers! I grow African Violets of many varieties that bloom year round. When the weather permits, I love to work in my yard planting and maintaining my containers and beds chocked full of all kinds of annuals and perennials.
My interest in jewelry making came by chance when one of my favorite pieces of jewelry came apart. After thinking about it for a bit, I decided that I would fix it myself. After searching the library and internet for “how to” information, I purchased a beading kit which had the pliers and instructions I needed. While practicing to prepare for fixing my favorite piece of jewelry, I discovered that I enjoyed making pretty things. I began making earrings and bracelets giving them as gifts to family, friends and co-workers asking for feedback. It was all positive. In time I had made enough jewelry pieces to sell and I opened Designed by Audrey on the web on Etsy and Artfire.
Now, I’ve always enjoyed creating things. I learned to knit and crochet when I was nine making and selling hat and scarf sets at a local hair salon. I learned to sew at eleven and by the time I was in high school I was making most of my clothing and helping out at a men’s clothing shop on Saturdays making minor alterations. As college, then work and singing took up most of my time I got away from it. However that changed once I got married, purchased a home and my son was born. I sewed and crocheted a lot making afghans, quilts, sheets, pillow cases and bassinet covers for my son. I made items for the house as well like coordinating curtains – window and shower, fabric bookcase covers, chair covers and pillows when I can’t find anything that I like at the store.