To everyone who has had the great opportunity to enjoy Rena’s site: I can only say that stories of how jewelry making has been used as a source of inspiration, hope, love, use of the creative child within us, and even a source of revenue: you ALL have inspired me with your words.
I was a personal fitness instructor for twelve years until 2007, when my Rheumatoid Arthritis stopped me in my tracks (a systemic, autoimmune disease which is debilitating, eats away at the joints throughout your body and induces FLARES or indescribable pain).
It halted my career as a personal trainer after foot surgery, where nerve damage resulted in a housebound state.
At that time, I had already been reading Rena’s site and her words of positivity just kept me going, where I needed to believe there was a place for me to develop a new skill.
Whatever the reason which binds our love of this art, or even art in general – I started beading from a magazine for beginners two years ago. If anyone who had continued to tell me, “oh what a lovely little hobby you have found” made me feel less than adequate I assure you, I would never have – at that time – believed what I saw in the paper last week:
I exhibited at a prominent Art Gallery and there was a four color photo of myself with my designs. (Hey, it never hurts to call the editor of a newspaper to get your horn tooted a bit louder).
Rena is always right. My husband even knows her last name and quite frankly is sick of hearing…….”Rena says”, and “Rena wrote”….etc. It has become a private joke in this house.
The largest joke is the junkyard pile of wire I ruined by trying to wire wrap sea shells. A complete disaster from the very beginning! I finally came up with some designs that have special meanings on the back of each shell. Even if I don’t want to sell them off of my neck, I rejoice in the spiritual revenue they offer.
It is not a joke however, when we realize that illness is a place where we need people like all of you in the world. All too often we see people lose their art by the seduction of power. I do not know where I left my MBA diploma, and loved what it offered me at the time, but to me – I found no spirit in the corporate world, even though we NEED people who are stimulated by it.
On the other hand, I SMELL joy and a sense of healing from every word I have read about all of you on this site. Happy spirits elude light in the words of a happy creator.
I have read about designers, and the inspiration of those who have become ill, without losing the battle of depression and pain.
I have been there, and I am starting a support group through movement for all of those afflicted by it.
I applaud all of you. Keep up the good work with your gorgeous designs. Keep up the beauty each and every one of you have to offer. We are all unique with our designs, but very much part of a bigger whole.
Stones in Harmony
Treasures from the Sea
Thank you so much for your kind words about me and my site – and thanks to your hubby for putting up with me! :o)
I’m so honored to play a small part in your progress toward making such beautiful jewels, and thrilled with the attention your work is receiving.
I know what you mean about art vs. power – and even though your MBA doesn’t resonate with you now, I’m sure that by osmosis it’s helping you do such a great job of promoting your work.
I especially love your shell and wire pieces, although after visiting your site, it’s really hard to choose a favorite from the eye-candy there!
Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for sharing your story here. I hope the creation of your beautiful jewelry will provide some healing – and I wish you much synchronicity, love, and healing with your new support group.
by: Jan Zannino
Hi Elizabeth: Just wanted to wish you continued success and peace with you beautiful creations. Loved your story. Most Sincerely, Jan Zannino
Thank you for your story. I suffer from fibromyalgia which also comes with flares. I am never without some degree of pain. Whenever I work with my beads for a little while the pain goes to the background and I have beauty in my life. Thank you for your inspiraton.
Your Are Inspiring
Your work is simply wonderful and your ability to make something good from what was a drastic change is inspiring to us all! Glad to hear you are happy, successful and creative! TeriB
by: Melinda W.
What a beautiful piece of jewelry made by even a more beautiful women. I have a pair of earrings made by this artist. I just simply adore them. It takes a special person to take life’s adversities and make them a positive, as it shows in all of Elizabeth’s work . I also suffer from severe Rheumatoid arthritis, pain is no stranger. I have the utmost respect for anyone who does not allow the disease to control life, but in turn controls the disease, as does this woman. Kudos Elizabeth !
I read your article and was moved by your ability to overcome pain through jewelry design. I, too, have had some hurdles (cancer) and am able to enjoy life because of music… specifically piano. So you are an artist while I am a musician. I agree with you…forget about business and power. Finance is for intelligent people who have no soul, just greed. Best of luck to you. What is your website address?
As usual you have out done yourself with this article! You my dear are an inspiration to all. You are a fighter & a winner. I am proud to call you my friend. XOXO Dawnnie
by: Linda Janssen
Your Jewelry inspires all of us. Not only is it truly a work of art, but it allows all of us to enjoy natures beauty. Your work gives us a true sense of harmony. You are a fantastic women who has reinvented her marvelous talents. Keep it going, and coming…
Your journey is leading you through many rough patches, but you are giving us so much more with your designs.
Strength and beauty through adversity
Your article and that beautiful necklace remind me that great lives and great works of art are never achieved without matching struggles and adversities. Your jewellery holds so much more than mere beauty. I think the strength and courage you display must come off in the things you make so that the wearer too must feel that strength.
by: Lady Louise Adams
Thank you for producing such lovely, unique, quality items of jewellry. I truly felt they were works of art, especially for me.
Your willingness to put yourself out to deliver such lovely items given that I live in the UK and you being situated in America.
I am sure that I will be purchasing more lovely quality items, in the very near future and long may you business prosper.
All the best for future, health, wealth and happiness.
by: Alicia Hoover
Elizabeth is one of the most loving, kind-hearted people that I am proud to call my friend. Her amazing designs are as incredibly beautiful as her spirit. Starting over is one of the most difficult challenges to overcome, and Miss Lizzie has flourished in her new path! Her work to create awareness for RA and Fibromyalgia is inspiring and she has touched many lives with her story and jewelry.
by: ann Pamela
That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Elizabeth you are a perfect example of this famous quote. You may not realize it now, but you are inspiring people with your visions. Your creations are one of a kind and they always hold such joy for the wearer. I know, I have purchased many. It is hard to pick just one.Finding a new skill and fulfillment in life is an important part of the healing process. without these depression is not far behind.Thank you for showing us the impossible is always possible.
Elizabeth gave me your site & I wanted to say that your post about how to price your jewelry has helped. I’ve started selling & wasn’t too sure at the amount to use & I will go back several times to look at your page. thank you again!!
Leia w/Designs by Leia Hand Made Jewelry
Thank you Elizabeth for your truly inspiring work through jewerly and your care, concern and support. Your blogs are great to read in that you realize that you are not alone in this battle. 🙂