The moment that I first laid eyes on jewellery-making supplies at my local craft store was the moment that I knew THIS hobby was the one for me! Always one to be the artsy type, I nose-dived into the art of handcrafted jewellery, pouring over beading magazines, books, and websites and visiting every bead shop near and far to buy beads and supplies.
In the beginning I made jewellery mostly for myself, my daughters, and my friends. As I perfected my techniques for beading, I felt that the quality of my pieces had grown reliable enough that I could make jewellery as gifts for my friends and family. Soon after, on the advice of a co-worker at my office job, I began a fan page on Facebook to showcase my work. Eventually I had orders to make jewellery, plus my collection of hobby pieces grew as well and…”Gems by Ellen” was born!