“I grew up in a home some might consider noisy with lots of music, pets and…BABIES!”
Being the oldest of 5 children…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 babyhood. This bittersweet reminiscing prompted me to design a charm to honor that precious time in a mother’s life…”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 design is that it reaches deep into the hearts of all mother’s, just as I have reached deep into my heart to create it.
I was born & raised in Greenwich Village, when it was thriving with big families. It was like living in the country in the middle of the biggest city. Small private schools, beautiful churches, cobblestoned tree-lined streets, parks & gardens. Living in such a creative place ~ I developed a passion for many arts & crafts. I am detail-oriented, creating is my life force. Designing jewelry wasn’t a lifelong ambition of mine; it actually found me. It prompted me to create Heartbeat Designs ® (Founded 1999).
The inspiration for My Baby Angel was a calling to create a memorial charm to help those suffering the heartbreak of child loss. I receive touching emails from parents I have given my charms to. They claim the design provides them comfort – and that their baby’s spirit is always with them...lost babies are held in our hearts forever.
My next design happened unexpectedly. While surfing for memorabilia for a favorite movie I stumbled upon Karolyn Grimes ~ the child actress who played “Zuzu Bailey”…”Every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings” from the classic movie “It’s A Wonderful Life.” As a result of our chance meeting, I was commissioned by the actress to design a charm in tribute to her role. The Zuzu Bell Charm depicts a bell with wings. This enchanting charm in a pretty organza pouch with 3 silk rose petals…”Zuzu’s petals” captures the true magic of the movie.
For decades my family and I have lived in horse country with our rescued pets…today we have a smart designer dog, a sweet cat and a very clever & wacky cockatoo parrot. Being Certified in Nutrition I enjoy integrative & holistic healing, nutrigenomics, organic eating. Hobbies I enjoy are home decorating, gardening, cooking, nature walks, bicycling, all genres of music, playing piano, composing music, writing poetry & short stories. One of my children’s books is published and one of my original songs was accepted by a White House Quincentennial Commission in 1992.
To find peace & happiness, I hand raise butterflies, which inspired me to cast & sculp clay butterflies. I’ve added hummingbirds, horses, alpacas, seahorses, starfish and other magical creatures to my clay creations. I gild and embellish them to look like fine jewelry. “Always do things that make you happy and you’ll always be happy.”
Life is about joy & peace. It’s also about change and transformation, like a butterfly. Nothing brings me more peace than my butterfly & hummingbird gardens.
“If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”
“I dreamed a dream ~ and it came true.”