1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions and leave the answers as comments on my LJ.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
1. How did you start to make jewelry?
I was raised doing all kinds of crafts, so it has always been a part of my life. My mother and I are bound together by crafts. We collect random crafts and obsessively purchase everything needed for that craft. I had purchased this breast cancer awareness beaded bracelet, which I adore. I wore it constantly and one day it broke. I mentioned to my mother that I needed to go try to find the things to fix it myself. She said she had some beading supplies, and since her arthritis had gotten so bad, she couldn't use them anymore. She gave me her stuff, and I went to get a few other beads to replace some that got lost. I fixed my bracelet, and then, because I had so many beads left over, made one for a friend. It just kind of expanded from there. People liked the things I made, so I kept at it, pushing myself to make new things. Thankfully, it also relaxes me.
2. How did you pick your sons' names?
*laugh* Well, I spent a lot of time reading those baby names books. I started making lists of the names I liked. When my husband and I were on the way to Hawaii for a friend's wedding, and I was about 3 1/2 months pregnant, I told him I could no longer take calling them 'baby a' and 'baby b', or 'this one' and 'that one'. We were lucky to know at that point they were boys. Believe it or not, Michael and Matthew were the only names that we both agreed on, so that was it! Their middle names, Richard and William, are the first names of his father and my father respectively.
3. What's the best thing about being from the South?
It has to be the comfort. The comfort you feel around friendly people, the comfort of a slow-paced life, the comfort of just sitting outside in beautiful weather.
4. What is your earliest memory?
It's just a snippet. I have this early memory of being in my room, I must have been a little less than 2, hanging on around the edge of a table. It's a very swift memory. The next memory I have which is of any length is playing out on our front porch with little people. The gardens were jungles, and 'we' would spend a long time there. That's why it is so fun to watch my kids role play, because I can identify with it.
5. Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
Hard question. I have had many who have had significant impact. The one that had the most impact on who I am today was probably Professor Braden, one of my art history profs at Auburn. She believed I had an eye for art, along with a good memory for facts. She took me in as a teaching assistant, and gave me the opportunity to push myself in areas where I was uncomfortable. She started me on the path into leadership in business, I believe, because she gave me confidence in myself and my knowledge. Even when you don't have an experts grasp of an area, you can still have a good mind and be able to form a perfectly valid opinion. What she taught me had absolutely nothing to do with art history, although she did teach me a great deal about that. However, I think she was the start of what I am today.