ABOUT THE DESIGNER…“I grew up in a home some might consider a bit noisy with lots of music, pets and…BABIES!”
I’ve always held a special place in my heart for babies. Seeing how fast my babies were growing-up awakened me to relive their infancy so vividly. This bittersweet reminiscing prompted me to design jewelry for mom because no matter how old my children are they will always be a baby in my heart. My greatest gifts are my children ~ my love for them inspired my first design A Mother’s Heart. My wish for my designs is that they reach deep into the hearts of all who see them, just as I have reached deep into my heart to create them.
Being raised always making or baking things in such a celebrated area of creativity as Greenwich Village ~ I developed a passion for many arts & crafts. Designing jewelry for mom wasn’t a lifelong ambition of mine; actually it found me. I had to learn the business overnight; it’s a competitive industry. I would have to compare the process I experienced to learning how to swim by being thrown into the river. If I had known up front all the steps and obstacles to overcome it may have discouraged me and there might not be a Heartbeat Designs today ( Founded 1999).
The inspiration for My Baby Angel was due to a miscarriage ~ and a call from others to create a memorial charm to help those suffering the heartbreak of child loss. I receive touching emails from parents who claim that wearing my charm provides them comfort – and a feeling that their baby is always with them...lost babies remain in our hearts forever.
My next design happened quite unexpectedly. While surfing the net for memorabilia for the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” I stumbled upon Karolyn Grimes – the child actress who played “Zuzu Bailey.” As a result of our chance meeting I was commissioned by the actress to design the only endorsed charm in tribute to the classic. The Zuzu Gift Set consists of a sterling silver bell with wings and a chain. This magical charm is in a pretty organza pouch with 3 silk rose petals…”Zuzu’s petals.”
My family and I live in the country with our rescued pets – a cockatoo parrot named Otis, a cat named Mimi. Our latest rescue pup “Zuzu“ is a smart mini collie designer hybrid from Kentucky. Other interests and hobbies I enjoy are integrative & holistic healing, nutrigenomics, cooking, gardening, interior decorating, all genres of music, playing piano, hand raising butterflies, painting birdhouses, nature walks, bicycling, volunteering, reading, writing poetry and short stories. Nothing brings me more joy than chatting in Hangouts with my kids and friends 24/7!!! Nothing brings me more peace than my hummingbird and butterfly gardens.
One of my favorite positive affirmations is “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”
“I dreamed a dream ~ took the plunge ~ and it came true.”
ZUZU, my little gingersnap…followed by Otis & Mimi.