Get to Know
Regina McDonald also known to friends and family as Gina is the artist behind Chrysalis Designs. She currently resides in Chattahoochee, Florida with her husband, Larry in a small house outside of Chattahoochee surrounded by woods and wildlife. She has 2 daughters; Summer and Meredith, one Granddaughter, Rabon and another grandchild on the way. Her Mother Billie lives in Marianna and her Sister Cheri lives in the Inwood community near Grand Ridge; she also has a brother Brian who lives in Panama City, Florida. In her everyday 9 to 5 working life she works as a purchasing specialist and she also works with State Emergency Response on a volunteer basis. She started making jewelry some time ago when she was a Large Sized woman and had real problems buying anything off the shelf. Over time the necessity to make jewelry became a lot more, she found that she had a real knack for designing, a good eye for color and a real talent for the technicality of the process and that she loved it! All of those things shine through in her work. She loves working with semi-precious gemstones, Swarvoski (TM) crystal, Czech beads, sterling silver, copper, polymer clay, glass and many other mediums. When asked where her talent comes from, she is quick to answer that "There is only one I can give the credit to and that blessing comes from God." Gina has been recognized by her peers in 2 online features at Madeitmyself.ning.com and her work has been featured on the front page of one of her selling venues several times and in 2009 one of her wire-wrapped pieces; "Seriously Blue x2" was featured in the online magazines Destination Weddings.com and she has been featured at Openzine; TheGiftshopHandmade. In October of 2009 three of her pieces were shown at the LeMoyne Gallery in Tallahasse, Florida; "Sedona", one of her polymer clay designs, "Rise Above", a big, bold copper wire-wrapped bracelet and her "TAISI Green" which is another wire-wrapped piece. Gina finds that Inspiration comes in all kinds of things; nature, color, and shapes, but she says that when she is buying beads, gemstones, metals and tools, there is a picture that just pops into her head and once it is there, it is stuck there until she makes it a reality and sometimes that can be a daunting task! Custom work is something that she really enjoys and she loves the challenge of designing that special one of a kind piece for her customers! She has done several very special wedding pieces and of course she also enjoys gifting her pieces to her friends and family. Ms. McDonald is an avid supporter of REFUGE HOUSE, an organization who serves battered women and their children and victims of sexual violence. She herself is a survivor of domestic violence. She designs and makes a special line of jewelry (T.A.I.S.I.) that specifically benefits this worthwhile organization. Forty percent of the proceeds from the sale of these pieces is donated to the REFUGE HOUSE so that they can continue to serve the entire "Big Bend" area. She also is happy to donate her work to other charitable organizations and just recently made a donation to Covenant Hospice for their Gala in June. She is also more than happy to give her time and skills to any charitable organization to teach a class and donate the proceeds from the tuition generated or donate a piece for an auction or raffle. As she puts it, "I am truly and richly blessed and believe in giving back to the community."