Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Expanding on 2013

2013 was a great year of fun firsts, exciting experiences, enlightening growth and expansion. It seems like everything I did this year involved something new and different. At times, that was a little scary and stressful, but overall the experience was fun and thrilling! This was the first year that I conscientiously committed to choosing a word. I was prompted to do so as part of a Wellness Words Jewelry Challenge posed by my friend Tracy Statler.  I love this idea, I love inspirational jewelry that holds meaningful messages and I love Tracy, so I just had to participate. :)

My word for 2013 was:
1.) to increase or grow
2.) to spread out; unfold; develop
3.) to express something more fully or in greater detail

  Looking back on the year now, I'm most pleased with my 'expanded' efforts! 2013 was full of travel, new experiences, meeting new friends, connecting with artists, seeking out opportunity, creating new ways to share my jewelry knowledge and design ideas and reaching out to grow an audience for my DIY jewelry projects and tutorials.

February 2nd marked the jewelry reveal for Tracy's Inspire Change: Wellness Words Jewelry challenge. I revealed my "Expand Your Horizons" Necklace with a handmade pendant by Erin Prais-Hintz along with this stack-able, 'expandable' set of leather bracelets above. Read the post here

In March, I embarked on a trip of a lifetime aboard the Bead Cruise 2013! It was my first cruise experience and my first visit to the Caribbean. I had a total blast. The adventure began in January, getting my passport for the very first time expanding my horizons for International travel. I taught a class on the ship and met so many great ladies and new beady friends. Read more about the Bead Cruise here and here.

In June, I opened up my whole world again with a trip to Cleveland, Ohio to film two segments for the Beads, Baubles and Jewels TV series. The experience was a profound one in more ways than one. It was a great time. I met host, Katie Hacker and many other great figures in the beading and jewelry-making community. Read more here.

In August, I presented my Fiber Findings and Finishing Techniques for Jewelry
iconwebinar LIVE on the Internet! I spent months preparing for this exciting new endeavor. I'm just so thrilled that I have the opportunity to share my favorite jewelry-making techniques and information in this new way! Read more about my webinar here.

In September, I traveled to the Washington, D.C. area to attend ArtBLISS 2013. I took a Stacie Florer metalworking class (which was awesome!) and sold Ornamentea.com goodies at the event. Read more about artBLISS 2013 here and here.

In October, I participated in my first professional photo shoot as a jewelry designer. I traveled to the ruins of Madame Sherri's castle located in an enchanted forest bordering New Hampshire and Vermont. This site was the location of a passion project between two photographer friends called, Shades of the Past. I got to play stylist, pairing my jewelry with the models and costumes. See all the jewelry and photos here.

In November, I was interviewed about publishing jewelry designs by Bead Chat online magazine. I'm honored the editors asked me to contribute content. I'm happy to share my experiences in hopes that it can inspire others to reach their goals of getting published in beading magazines. Click the magazine above and Read the article starting on page 31!

Other things of  note in 2013:
My jewelry was published in every issue of Stringing magazine this year!

I enjoyed my first full year designing and creating jewelry projects for Ornamentea.com 
(Best job ever!)

In attempts to grow my audience, I had some of my projects featured on DIY craft websites such as:  


2013 was one heck of a good time and a great ride. 
I'm looking forward to more exciting change and good things to come in the new year.

Happy 2014!


  1. What an amazing year! Here's to a terrific 2014!

  2. Your jewelry is beautiful Erin. It looks like 2013 was a wonderful year! May 2014 bring all good things your way.

  3. What an amazing year you had! It's so nice to read about the exciting things you did. I hope 2014 fufills all your expectations and more. And I love your word, expand, brings to mind many images and ideas.

  4. Oh...I have so LOVED getting to know you better in person and online. You have such a serene and lovely way about you...and I am so happy that your year was about expansion and that you branched out and did some things that I know were out of your comfort zone...the inner does lead the outer!! Much love to you...and thank you for sharing what you know with us...

  5. What a great recap of your year and your word! I remember when you asked me to make that pendant for you. I am honored that I had a part in your word jewelry for the year! I have not yet picked that word for myself, but oddly enough I was attracted to expand...and contract. I might be doing two words! I really have to feel it speaking to my soul. I totally forgot that was your word from 2013! I am also delighted that we were able to meet up and hang out at ArtBliss. I treasure that time with you. I do hope we might have the fortune to meet again! Thank you for sharing this look back at what was and how it manifested in your life. Ever the inspiration... Enjoy the day. Erin (the other ;-)

  6. Beautiful post! I am so honored to work with you and look forward to what will come in 2014!

  7. You had an awesome year! Love your word choice!!! I am still thinking on my word for 2014 and added Expand to my list of possibilities. It sure worked well for you ;) Congrats on all the new experiences and landing the best job ever!

  8. Wow, what a year! It's great to reflect and enjoy the fruit of your labor. Can't wait to see what you accomplish this year! :)

  9. Wow! You had quite an amazing year in 2013. Can't wait to see what comes out in 2014.


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