Valencia, CA, United States
I love to make things and love it even more when others make pretty things too!
ribbon clamps, ribbon chokers, ribbon bracelets, beaded chain, sewing, vintage sewing patterns, glass beads, vintage clothing
Skills and Techniques
I'm a whiz at beaded chain. I love working with vintage trims and ribbons. My collection has grown quite large over the years. I enjoy upcycling fabrics into new creations. Designing jewelry is something that comes naturally to me and I love to show others how to make things too.
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Get to Know
I've been making jewelry since my first pipe-cleaner-and-plastic-beads creation somewhere around 1979. From there, I raided my mom's stash of broken jewelry and started upcycling bits and pieces into works of art that I wore to school during the week and took apart on the weekend and remade for the following week. Somewhere at the end of high school and into college, I started making beaded chain.
In 2003, I began selling my work and Twilight's Fancy was born. In 2009, I wanted to make a ribbon choker. Little did I know that over the next few years, Twilight's Fancy would become the world's largest online retailer of ribbon clamps. What started as a wild goose chase for my own project became something that has helped many artisans worldwide build their own creations. Every order I receive makes me smile because I know someone, somewhere is making something. And that is awesome.
But beneath the ribbon clamps, Twilight's Fancy has been my lifeline. I make every aspect of Twilight's Fancy happen. If I'm sick for a day, there's no one to cover for me. So I can't be sick. I just can't. People can't stop making pretty things.
But I was sick. Very sick for much of my life and didn't know it. I'd been unknowingly poisoning myself for 28 years. I have sensitivities to 35 foods...some of which I ate every day and in 2011, it was catching up to me. Most doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. Tests all came back normal, but clearly I was sick and growing weaker. I'd even lost some feeling and motor control in my right side.
In 2012, I began to look into alternative medicine and started chipping away at my woes. Through it all, I kept growing Twilight's Fancy. I had to. There was no one else who could take it on while I recovered. I'll never be free of the food sensitivities, but they're manageable now.
And oh, how I look forward to Twilight's Fancy every day. For every order I receive, I send out a silent "Thank you". Without my wonderful customers making pretty things, I don't know what I would do, how I would push through each day. Sure, I make things, too, but there's just a certain special feeling in knowing that I've been a part of so many other people's projects too.
If I'd died, would those projects have been made? I don't know.
Every day is a gift. Every order is a chance to help someone make something. I know what making things has helped me survive. And thanks to my customers, I know I'm not the only one. Thank you very much.
In my spare time, I'm a special effects costumer. Most notably, I installed the eyes in the costume for The Amazing Spider-Man movies. Both 1 and 2.
I also write and produce a web series called Necrolectric and am half of the Ashleigh Raine writing team.
For eight years, I was an extra in over 150 movies and TV shows. Most notably, I was an inmate in the asylum in the Changeling and a dead nun in the 100th episode of Angel.
Every day is an opportunity and I cherish each one.