Hi! I'm Susan Pauls. I’ve been creating jewelry since around Christmastime in 2004, but I’ve had an inclination toward making things since I was little. I grew up in a tiny, tiny town with dirt streets and no street names in western Kansas called Coolidge (of National Lampoon’s Vacation fame, or infamy as the case may be--it’s where Cousin Eddie is supposedly from), in a place and in a time when if fun was to be had, you had to make it yourself. My parents owned a little mom-and-pop grocery store there, and I sat for hours in the back doing art projects and things like 4-H sewing to pass the time.
I’ve been trying to remember when I caught the jewelry bug. Recently, I remembered that I took a jewelry class in high school in which we did some metalworking and soldered with a soldering iron, but I can’t say that it really brought about the love. The love came much later.
At Christmastime 2004, I drew my sister-in-law’s name in the gift exchange. I had no idea what to get her, and I wandered aimlessly around downtown Lawrence, KS (where we still live) muttering “I’ll know it when I see it.” Pretty soon, I stumbled into a bead bar where a very patient “barrista” helped me make a necklace. And there it was, the love. I was hooked. The gift necklace that I inflicted upon my sister-in-law was of suspect quality, but it had a certain charm and rough beauty (in my eyes at least!) and I knew I definitely wanted to learn more.
After that, I discovered the joys of buying supplies on the Internet, and the rest is history.
My other love is cycling, and if you can’t find me, look for me out on the rural paved roads within a 50 mile radius of Lawrence. :)