Williamsburg, VA, United States
The first thing I made was a garnet and pearl bracelet. Garnet is my birthstone, and I had also wanted a bracelet with these two gemstones. But it's hard to find those two together, and when I did see them, it was usually set in gold - and I'm a silver type of person. One day I was in the craft store for something else, and stumbled into the bead aisle. There I found garnet beads, pearls and all the other necessary findings. So I did a little research, figured out what tools I needed, and taught myself how to make jewelry. The rest, as they say, is history.