being shaped and formed and molded

I don’t know how to make jewelry–or at least there are times I want to give up because it’s hard! Over the years, I’ve learned how to use my tools, but sometimes they still won’t cooperate. When I set out to create a new design, I dream, sketch, metal work, file, hammer, polish—and I can tell you, nine times out of ten, the end result is different that what I imagined when inspiration first came to me.


I see symbolism here with motherhood. I dreamed about being a mom since I was a little girl. I wrapped my baby doll in a blanket and carried her around the house. I changed pretend diapers and hoped some day I would have my own, very real baby. When I held David in my arms for the first time, everything I imagined fell away. With a disability, he wasn’t what I expected, but he was adorable and precious. He was part of me and also uniquely himself. With Matthias’ birth I was similarly unprepared and facing the unexpected. When each of my boys was placed in my arms we met for the first time. That first day we began the adventure getting to know each other.

With every cuddle, kiss, tear wiped and hand held we are molding our children. With every comforting word and piece of advice shared, we are guiding and training our children. Each child brings his own personality, spunk and curiosity to life. Like metalworking and jewelry design, it’s an imperfect process. The artist and the metal work together. The parent and the child are each growing, changing and being shaped into something lovely.


There is a beauty to a handmade piece that is forged from metal and shaped into something meaningful. When our pieces are made, sometimes the metal works in our favor, and sometimes it works against us. The process involves fire to soften and shape the metal, but it also requires cool water baths and the gentle brushes to buff and shine. There is push and pull—two forces at work. What results is better because of the struggle. The finished design is a combination of what I bring to the workbench and what the raw materials allow.  Motherhood, like jewelry making, is two forces working together. It’s a process of being shaped and formed and molded—not just the child, but the mother as well.

Each handmade piece of jewelry represents my mother’s heart. It’s the deep significance of a journey walked together. Through highs and lows each of us is changed and deep bonds are formed. This is where love flourishes. This is the meaning behind each piece of jewelry I create.

Stack on a few delicate birthstone rings or wear a handcrafted necklace close to your heart with the knowledge that being a mother is magnificent work—not because mother or child is perfect, but because together we are growing, becoming stronger and more whole.  Together we are better.


Mother’s Day is just a few short weeks away. There is a perfect gift waiting to be created, just for you or a dear one in your life. Don’t wait—click here to see the pieces I’ve created for you.


  1. Can you tell me how I can return the ring I just purchased 🙁 . I am sad but it is making my finger green. I have plenty of silver jewelry and never had this happen. Thanks for your reply. Terry Burger

  2. HI. I have been following you for a long time – I got my first stitch fix because of you! However, I just received my first piece of jewelry – a cross necklace from my best friend. She purchased it for me because I just put my mother in hospice – however, she went fast and I didn’t get it until after she had passed – but that necklace will forever be a reminder to me of my mom – the perfect mom ever! I miss her every day – but she is in a better place and I thank you for designing such a great necklace. I think I will order the cross bracelet in honor of her for mothers day. Just wanted to share the story with you. And, keep on creating your works of art.

    1. Joan, I am so sorry for your loss and honored to be able to be part of keeping your beautiful mother close to you. Hugs to you. xx

  3. Hello, my name is Mary Maxey. I love your jewelry and the meaning behind your pieces. I am the mother of an adopted daughter. My husband and I had tried to start a family after we were married and settled. We went through fertility doctors without success. Then God brought this beautiful baby girl into our lives and we have been forever changed by her love. Could you do an adoption piece for your collection?

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