I am one of six children and was raised in upstate New York. Both of my parents were artists. Out of necessity I started sewing my own clothes which paved the way for my love of wearable design and art. After being in the U.S. Marine Corp and several years in the Interior Design Business, I decided it was time to get back to my love of wearable art. My pieces are vintage inspired, heirloom quality. I use color combinations using a chocolate brown patina brass and Swarovski Austrian crystals. Each handcrafted design is truly one of kind. It seemed only natural given my love of beads and jewelry design that a bead shop was in my future. K Marie Beads and Boutique was established in 2004 in Canton, Georgia. I ended up selling the store just before the recession. I am now doing what I love the most, creating jewelry! I can also do custom orders. If you would like to order a special piece, please let me know.