Lu brings to Etsy, her extraordinary and distinct jewelry from her studio in Menasha, Wisconsin. Lu has been a member of Etsy since June 2008.
Lu opened her eyes and mind to creativity back when she was a child. Born on the 6th of November, Lu is a very solid Scorpio, with a strong creative imagination. She is empathetic, intuitive, and loving; with a solid determination to get things done right.
Lu is a Reiki practioner, and uses it for energy transferring and clearing with her stones.
Do you have a favorite medium to work with? Why is it your favorite?
I really love working with stones, and love the healing properties they have. I do clear all my stones, usually on a full moon, and then pass that energy on to my jewelry. When selecting my stones I will look at the healing properties and then put them together. Sometimes when I go shopping for beads the stones call out to me and I have to have them.
With wire, I like the ability to transform it into any shape I want.
What life lesson has your expertise in your art/craft taught you?
The Life Lesson that my art has taught me, is that this is what I was borne to do. I love to create, and to share my creativity with others.
In the past, I have worked with underprivileged girls, in an afterschool program teaching them to make jewelry, and I plan to continue by seeking grant funding for a nonprofit organization that goes into hospitals and teaches the children that are confined in the pediatric wards, to make jewelry and how to access their creativity and thus aid in their own healing. I really love teaching others. In fact, I just started teaching my granddaughter Diviana, 4, how to bead.
Have you had formal training in your craft? If so, do you continue education?
Mostly, with jewelry, I am self taught. I have had a few classes at bead shops and have taken some classes at a technical school. There is always room for improvement and I love learning new techniques.
No, but if I really think of something special, I will sketch it out. Mostly when I have an idea, I just start creating it.
What inspires you, Lu?
Well, what took me on this path of selling jewelry was my fiancée, AJ, who passed away in 2002. I would make the jewelry and he would sell it. After he passed, I had to do it all; make the jewelry, set it up and sell it. I still feel him around me, encouraging me to continue.
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What is your choice of theme for eJAG’s Fall ‘09 Season’s Creative challenge?
- Consider this is our first announcement for eJAG’s Fall ’09 Challenge: "Autumn Abundance"
Lu, It has been my pleasure to feature you as the Winner of eJAG’s “Sizzlin’ Summer” Challenge!
Thank you so much, Lu.
Lu’s Etsy shop Lusmysticjewels is currently teeming with special Summer sales, including:
Spectacular multi-purchase deals like Buy 1, get 2nd ½ off, and even some Buy 2, get 3rd for free! Some items even have free shipping.
Lu is also a member of another team: WIST team (Wisconsin Street team)
Lu Twitters: tweet her: Lusmysticjewels
Lu’s Blog: Lu's Mystic Blog