My name is Amanda, and I live with my husband and two crazy little kitties. I love working with children, and I have spent the last 10 years working at the same amazing after school daycare! I also love to travel; especially to Walt Disney World – I am always plotting our next trip in my head, and I love helping others with their trips as well! In my free time I can usually be found with a pile of beads and some string.
How did you get interested in beading/jewelry making?
I have been crafting for as long as I can remember! My Mom always kept us busy with one creative project or another. Beadwork is the craft that stuck with me. I remember using my spending money to buy beads at a very young age. And I must say beads are still my favorite item to shop for!
What are your favorite materials to use in jewelry making?
Seed beads are my number one favorite material, simply because the possibilities for these little beauties seem so endless! And I can never resist adding a little bit of bling to my pieces with a Swarovski or two. I have noticed that nearly 100% of my finished pieces incorporate either seed beads or Swarovski crystals. Or both!
Who or what inspires your creative process?
So many things inspire me! Most of my pieces are inspired by childhood memories and whimsical fun! I love using lots of bright colors, and enjoy playing around with colors and color combinations in general in my work. I am also inspired by the places that I travel to (or would like to travel to!) favorite foods, nature, holidays, different cultures… There are just so many things to draw inspiration from!
Is there somewhere people can see/purchase your work?
Thanks Amanda and congratulations again on winning June's beading challenge "Summer Picnics"!